Chirashi Ape is a Muslim-owned Japanese eatery with affordable chirashi don, generous cuts of sashimi, truffle rice & more

by Kaye Yeo

Westies, we’ve got good news for you (and me)! We can finally get some Japanese cuisine at Ayer Rajah Community Club with Chirashi Ape, a Muslim-owned Japanese eatery that recently opened on 3 November 2023.

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As you might have guessed from their name, Chirashi Ape focuses on chirashi don, comprising sashimi atop with a bowl of sushi rice. But there is something more special on the menu — truffle oil-infused rice.

No doubt this is the influence of one of Chirashi Ape’s partners, who is also the founder of Chirashi King Kong, a Japanese eatery known for their aromatic truffle bowls. Chirashi Ape also borrows inspiration from Chirashi King Kong for their interior, featuring red leather seats, neon lighting and colourful posters decorating the walls.

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Chirashi Ape has pretty reasonable prices, with a Salmon Bowl going for S$9.90 and just an addition of S$2 to switch out sushi rice for truffle rice. Their bowls are definitely worth every penny — just look at how thick and fresh the salmon slices are.

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They aren’t sparing any expenses with their Unagi Bowl (S$13.90) too. The unagi slices you’ll get will dwarf the rice, and is just as juicy as it looks. There are plenty of add-ons to make your meal even more scrumptious, including onsen eggs (soft-boiled eggs), green tea for S$1.50 and their highly-rated miso soup for S$2.

Chirashi Ape
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Another fan favourite is their Salmon Mentai Bowl (S$10.90) that features nicely seared salmon slices and generous helpings of mentaiko sauce. For a rice alternative, they’ve got Salmon Cold Pasta (S$12.90) made with truffle angel hair, salmon slices and sweet miso.

Chirashi Ape
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Chirashi Ape also has other cuts of meat if raw fish isn’t really your thing. Take your pick from bowls of Chicken Teriyaki (S$7.90), Beef Curry (S$9.90), seared Smoke Duck (S$8.90) with honey sauce and more.

Chirashi Ape
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Best thing of all, there’s also a discount for students so remember to flash your student card before you pay!

It’s not everyday that you come across Muslim-owned Japanese restaurants in Singapore, so head down to show your support if you’re in the area!

Chirashi Ape
📍 150 Pandan Gardens, #01-08, Ayer Rajah Community Club, Singapore 609335
🕒 12pm–8pm (Tue to Sun), closed on Mon

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