Gaijin serves halal Japanese-inspired food like yakitori, yakiniku & more in Boat Quay

by Christabel Tan

From dessert bars to English-style pubs, Boat Quay is home to some of the most happening F&B options on the island. Joining the lineup of buzzy Japanese restaurants in the area is Gaijin, a Muslim-owned establishment dishing up Japanese-inspired food.

Photo: Andri Jamil/facebook (Halal Cafe & Restaurants in Singapore)

Opened in April by the team behind 1819, a halal Western fusion restaurant just several doors away, Gaijin has been receiving rave reviews on social media platforms like Facebook. Reservation slots are usually snapped up quickly — a testament to their growing popularity despite having opened less than a month ago.

Photos: Gaijin

The zen, minimalist interiors may make you miss Japan a little more (when will borders open?). They’ve even got a traditional zashikiinspired seating arrangement for guests who want a more authentic Japanese dining experience.

Unique Japanese-inspired fare

Photos: Haryani Othman/facebook

The menu marries classic Japanese fare with international flavours, as evident by the subtle Italian and Mediterranean influences. Come in a group and order a bunch of starters like Octopus Takoyaki with Beetroot Hummus (S$10.90), Gyoza with Salted Egg Glaze (S$13.90), and Burrata Cheese (S$15.90) to share.

Photos: Gaijin, Zulfadli Abdul Wahab/facebook

There are seven different donburi to choose from, including Unagi Donburi (S$25.90), HokuBee Grass Fed Beef Donburi (S$27.90), and even a more fusion Sambal Clams Donburi (S$22.90) that appeals to local palates.

The yakitori selection may not be the most extensive (for now), but you can rely on tried-and-tested offerings like Chicken Tail (S$5), Chicken Thigh (S$7), and Heirloom Tomato (S$3).

Photo: Zulfadli Abdul Wahab/facebook

Halal yakiniku is slowly becoming more common here — the more the merrier. Gaijin’s Premium Cut Platter (S$75), consisting of beef and vegetables, will have you grilling up a storm. If you’re dining in a larger group, do not hesitate to order the Gaijin Osaka Platter (S$125), which comes complete with vegetables, beef, and chicken.

Reservations can be made by contacting Chef Andri via mobile or Whatsapp at +65 8886 5004.

The halal Japanese food scene in Singapore is thriving, and it’s only going to get more exciting over time.

📍 48 Boat Quay, Singapore 049837
🕒 5pm–11pm (Daily)

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I would gladly desert you for dessert.

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