When meat cravings arise, yakiniku (the Japanese term for “grilled meat”) always gets the job done. As someone who daydreams about fatty, juicy, and perfectly marbled A5 Miyazaki wagyu on a monthly (sometimes weekly) basis, the mere thought of Japanese yakiniku makes me salivate.
What better than to write about one of my all-time favourite parts of Japanese cuisine?
From affordable, no-frills concepts to fancy dining experiences that’ll impress the most seasoned of Japanese BBQ aficionados, here are 20 yakiniku places in Singapore you need to check out.
1. Yakiniku Like
One can’t write about yakiniku without first mentioning one of the most well-known eateries in Singapore, Yakiniku Like, a perennial favourite of meat-lovers. With outlets all over, this quick-service, solo diner-friendly chain from Japan is known for their affordable meal sets cooked on electric smokeless grills.
You won’t go wrong with the Karubi & Harami Set (from S$14.90 for 100g), a bestseller in Japan, or the value-for-money Karubi Set (from S$10.90 for 100g). Bulk up with a la carte options including Garlic Butter Karubi (S$7.50 for 100g), Gyu Tan (S$130 for 100g), and even A5 Wagyu Supreme Karubi (S$29.90 for 100g).
Seasonal and/or limited edition sets are also offered periodically — keep a lookout on their socials for updates.
2. Wa-En Wagyu Yakiniku
Looking to treat yourself (and your loved ones from abroad) to a sumptuous feast showcasing the best of Japanese yakiniku (in Singapore, of course) without having to leave the airport? Wa-En Wagyu Yakiniku is where it’s at.
The Michelin-recommended restaurant from Hong Kong is a go-to for premium A4 and A5 cuts of wagyu from Miyazaki, Japan, best enjoyed with a drink from the Wa-En Bar — it’s the closest thing to an airport speakeasy.
Those who want to try a little bit of everything can go for the Wagyu Beef Platter (S$158), comprising seven different cuts from both Miyazaki and Australia, alongside non-barbecued dishes like Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare (S$23), raw beef coated in a savoury and mildly sweet yangnyeom sauce, topped with a luscious Okinawa egg yolk.
3. Tomahawk King & Omookase
Situated along Changi Road is Tomahawk King & Omookase, a popular halal beef-centric concept that brings together the best of both worlds — Western-style steaks and premium Japanese A5 yakiniku — all under one roof.
Go for one of the tasty yet value-for-money Yakiniku Sets (from S$99.90 for 1–2pax) comprising fatty, well-marbled slices of A5 wagyu yakiniku, Australian ribeye, tiger prawns, assorted vegetables (mushrooms, lettuce, garlic, and pumpkin), and free-flow wagyu-infused beef tallow Japanese sticky rice.
But if you wish to go all out, the weekday-only A5 Mie Kuroge All Day Buffet (S$98.90++) will entitle you to free-flow wagyu yakiniku, premium beef cuts, seafood, and cooked starters for 80 minutes.
4. 59 Hutong Yakiniku
Did you know that Taiwanese yakiniku is actually a thing? For an experience that harks back to the homely hutongs of the old days, look no further than 59 Hutong Yakiniku.
The restaurant, which hails from Taiwan, offers an extensive selection of premium meats, including expertly curated beef cuts like the signature Chateaubriand, a steak cut trimmed from the centre of the beef fillet, as well as different cuts of Australian Wagyu Tongue.
If the selection of Japanese A5 wagyu leaves you feeling spoiled for choice, look no further than the Platters featuring different combinations of fillet, ribeye cap, ribeye roll, striploin, flap, and shoulder.
Instead of the popular braised pork rice (lu rou fan), the restaurant also offers an indulgent Wagyu Beef Rice (S$12) alongside exclusive non-meat items like grilled Cuttlefish Sausage (S$14) and Raw Crab Roe in Crab Shell (S$18) — enjoy the latter with piping hot rice if you’d like to be taken to umami town.
5. Waku-Shin Yakiniku
Waku-Shin Yakiniku in Chinatown may offer an extensive selection of sashimi, tempura, and grilled specialities, but they’re best known for their premium yakiniku.
The Premium Beef (U.P. S$188) will only set you back S$132 for ala carte, and features nine different cuts of Hokkaido and Miyazaki wagyu, serving as a preferred platter for wagyu lovers who can never decide on just one cut of beef. The type of cuts vary, but you can look forward to the likes of Prime Karubi, Regular and Special Rib, Chuck Flap, Sirloin, and Today’s Special.
If you want to get the most bang for your buck, opt for the S$150 set, which comes inclusive of the Premium Beef platter, along with salad, rice, yakitori, and cheesecake.
6. Ryo Yakiniku
With two outlets (one in Tai Seng and the other in Sembawang), Ryo Yakiniku prides itself as the first Muslim-owned coffeeshop yakiniku joint in Singapore.
Aside from the usual beef and chicken, you can also find air-flown New Zealand lamb in the form of Lamb Shoulder (S$6.90 for 100g). Pair it with Prime Karubi (S$6.90 for 50g), Gyutan (S$6.90 for 50g), or Kata Rosu (S$6.90 for 100g) for a grillin’ good time — all halal, of course.
Dining in a group of two or more? Order the Deluxe Set (S$40) consisting of 200g Karubi, 50g Prime Karubi, 100g Kata Rosu, 200g Chicken Thigh, a mushroom platter, onsen eggs, and rice.
7. Mr Yakiniku
A visit to Mr Yakiniku is likely to leave you feeling spoiled for choice — they offer pork, beef, chicken, seafood, and even plant-based meat (they’re the first coffeeshop concept to do so in Singapore).
Set meals (from S$8.80 for 100g) come with rice, salad, and soup, with the option of a la carte add-ons like Karubi Prime (from S$8), Pork Jowl (from S$5), and Saikyo Miso Tai (S$9 for 100g). Do note that yakiniku is only available for dinner from 5pm onwards.
If you’d prefer to swing by for lunch between 12pm and 2.30pm, you can find donburi like Karubi (S$9.80) and Aburi Pork Belly (S$7.80) topped with corn, truffle mushrooms, and an onsen egg.
8. Wa Don-Don
Dining at Wa Don-Don (or Osaka Yakiniku & SAKE Wa Don-Don Singapore on Google) in Tanjong Pagar will remind you of the cramped yet cosy yakiniku joints in Japan.
The menu features every cut of beef and pork you can possibly imagine, from tenderloin and skirt steak to bowel and liver, alongside flavour-packed side dishes like potato salad.
I personally feel that the Ox Tongue with Spring Onion (S$22), Short Rib (S$18), and Wagyu Fresh Raw Beef Meat with Egg Yolk (S$25) are must-orders, but feel free to ask the staff for recommendations.
9. Hey! Yakiniku
Got a craving for beef while in Bugis? Casual yakiniku joint Hey! Yakiniku doles out premium quality and relatively pocket-friendly Japanese wagyu, US, and Australian beef and pork cuts in an odourless and smokeless environment.
You’ve got an array of nine set menus to choose from, ranging from the standard Karubi Set (from S$16.90 for 200g) to the Marumi Pork Set (S$19.90 for 150g), all of which come with rice, soup, and kimchi, salad, or spicy beansprouts.
For a little more variety, the signature Hey! Set (from S$18.90 for 150g), comprising beef tongue, beef short plate, and skirt steak is your best bet. The best part? You won’t have to deal with any GST or service charge.
10. Yugo Yakiniku
Another wallet-friendly yakiniku joint in Singapore to add to your list is Yugo Yakiniku, which also happens to be the first Muslim-owned fusion barbecue stall in the west.
They offer an assortment of USDA grade and Australian free-range beef and chicken thigh, including the likes of Karubi (S$6.50), Kata Rosu (S$6.50), satay-marinated Chicken Thigh (S$5.50), Wagyu Cube (S$8.50), and more, alongside your very own portable grill.
Alternatively, drop by for a donburi or two and take your pick from reliable options like Chicken Aburi Don (S$6) and Karubi Don (S$8.50).
11. Waa Cow! Yakiniku
You may be familiar with Waa Cow! and their flame-torched wagyu beef bowls, but did you know that they’ve also got a grill-it-yourself yakiniku concept — Waa Cow! Yakiniku?
They feature different beef cuts at reasonable prices like Karubi (from S$10.40), Feather Blade (from S$14.50), and Ox Tongue, as well as a decent selection of pork, chicken, and vegetable options.
However, the sauces are what makes Waa Cow! Yakiniku stands out. There are seven dipping sauces to choose from, including the complimentary Garlic Butter Teriyaki and Ponzu Negi. The other five — Truffle, Mentaiko, Wasabi Mayo, Sweet Sukiyaki with Raw Egg, and Spicy Miso with Leek — can be savoured through the Signature All Dips Platter (S$3.90).
12. Japanese BBQ Tora
Japanese BBQ Tora is an express yakiniku joint in Alexandra (right beside IKEA) offering individual beef, pork, and chicken sets from S$7.90.
All sets are served alongside rice, soup and salad or kimchi. You can rely on the crowd favourite Prime Karubi Set (from S$15.90 for 100g) or Tora Set (from S$16.90 for 150g) which features beef short plate, loin, and skirt steak.
Although the variety of beef cuts may not be the most extensive, diners have commended the restaurant for its speedy service and efficient online ordering system.
13. Yakiniku Shokudo
Yakiniku Shokudo is a halal Japanese yakiniku concept in with eight (and counting) outlets across the island serving up set meals from just S$9.90, including the likes of the Beef Karubi Set (from S$10.90 for 100g) and Sambal Belacan Beef Set (from S$10.90 for 100g).
Large groups can go for the Shokudo Set (S$25.90 for full beef steak), and add on a Spicy Miso Chicken Stone Bowl (S$14.90) or ramen-inspired Beef Soup Noodle (S$12.90).
14. Wano Niku
Wano Niku is a Japanese-owned hawker stall with outlets in Tanjong Pagar and Ang Mo Kio serving 100% A4 Japanese wagyu and Kumamoto pork directly imported from Japan. There are three flavours of signature yakiniku (a mix of karubi and loin) to choose from: Original, AKA (spicy), and Shiro (salt), all of which are priced at S$9 for 100g.
Head straight for one (or both) of the Party Platters — the more premium version at S$45 comes with premium steak and karubi, pork belly, and pork collar. Alternatively, Wano Niku offers a Monthly Special featuring an array of different cuts for S$50.
Visit during lunch for donburi like the A4 Premium Yakiniku Don (S$15.80) and Kumamoto Pork Collar Don (S$8.80) served with Niigata rice.
????181 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Block 181, Singapore 560181
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15. Yakiniku Jan Jan
Looking to feast on a quality yakiniku buffet? Yakiniku Jan Jan in Orchard has an all-you-can-eat Buffet (S$68++ for Mon to Thu, S$78++ for Fri to Sun & PH), with the option of an additional S$30++ for free-flow drinks.
Take it up a notch with the wagyu version (S$98++ for Mon to Thu, S$108++ for Fri to Sun & PH) — you’re treating yourself after all.
But if you prefer to go down the a la carte route, there are plenty of tantalising beef cuts, both wagyu and non-wagyu, to choose from, such as the Jo Karubi (S$16), Shiro Tare Tongue (S$12), and Special Omi Wagyu Parts (from S$36).
16. Wakuwaku Yakiniku
There may be quite a number of halal yakiniku restaurants in Singapore, but Wakuwaku Yakiniku along Bali Lane is considered the first of its kind, the OG.
Take your pick from the assortment of yakiniku platters like the Beef Platter (S$68), five different “Chef’s Selection” cuts, or its wagyu equivalent at S$208. One of the restaurant’s specialities that come highly recommended is the Sukiyaki Settei (S$38), a trio of tomo bara (short plate), zabuton (chuck tail flap), and ramun no-kata niku (lamb shoulder) with raw egg and other accompaniments.
????27 Bali Ln, Singapore 189863
???? 5pm–10pm (Daily)
17. Yakinikutei Ao-Chan
For a more exquisite yakiniku experience in town, head to Yakinikutei Ao-Chan, a relatively unassuming restaurant tucked away in Concorde Hotel.
The menu is pretty old-school, featuring a dizzying array of cuts like the Belly Tender Prime (S$22.80), Loin Prime (S$19.80), and Japan Wagyu Nakaochi (S$32). They’re perhaps best known for Ex Tongue, which can be enjoyed in a variety of ways — topped with Shio Negi (S$19), doused in a Spicy (S$12.80) sauce, or as chewy thick-cut slices.
As one of the more swanky yakiniku restaurants in Singapore, Yakiniquest takes it to the next level with a fine dining omakase experience conceptualised by a Japanese husband-and-wife duo. The restaurant serves beef from Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Iwate, using exquisitely marbled cuts that deliver on both flavour and presentation.
Prices start at S$88++ and S$138++ for lunch and dinner respectively. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy while the staff grill your beef to perfection.
From niku soumen (“beef noodles”) to a curated serving of seven different grilled beef cuts, you can expect to be dazzled by the array of courses on offer.
19. Yen Yakiniku
Yen Yakiniku dishes up a modern yakiniku dining experience artfully crafted with farm-to-table premium Japanese wagyu, USDA, and Australian grass-fed cuts. Don’t miss out on the Japanese Wagyu A4 Oyster Blade (S$68/100g), Ox Tongue (S$20), and seasonal Zabuton (S$85 for 100g) for an indulgent beef experience that’ll blow you away.
If you’re celebrating an extra special occasion, go the extra mile by pre-ordering in-house dry-aged cuts like 30 Days A4 Striploin and 21 Days Australian Wagyu Ox-Tongue Striploin, which have seasonal prices.
Another popular casual smoke-free yakiniku chain in Singapore for those craving beef on a budget is Yakiniku-GO. They’ve got seven outlets islandwide, all with a wide variety of meats, from different beef cuts to chicken, lamb, and seafood.
Most tend to just order the signature Yakiniku-Go Set (from S$19.80), comprising beef short plate, ribeye steak, beef tongue, rice, soup, and kimchi or salad, but you can definitely bulk it up with a la care add-ons like the Nakaochi Karubi (S$9.90 for 100g), Jyo Karubi (S$11.90 for 50g), and Gyutan (S$9.90 for 50g).
Which of these yakiniku joints in Singapore will you be hitting up for your next beefy feast?
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