5 Luxury Omakase Restaurants in Singapore
Omakase (お任せ), which means “I entrust to you”, is a Japanese dining tradition where the menu is absent and the chef chooses the dishes for the customers. Trust is placed in the chef’s decisions on what to serve and the dishes are fully customised based on seasonal ingredient changes, the chef’s specialties, as well as dietary restrictions of the customers. Omakase is traditionally considered to be an exquisite fine dining experience and performance and these restaurants stay true to the original Omakase tradition, presenting a classic take on the Japanese fare in Singapore.
ASHINO @ CHIJMES
Price: $250 - $400++
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-23 Chijmes, 187996
Tel: 6684 4567
Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Specially known for the “shari-sushi rice”, sushi rice that was cooked in traditional iron kettle with air-flown Mt. Fuji water, Ashino @ CHIJMES presents dishes that are cooked and refined to smallest detail. Head Chef Taku Ashino specialises in jukusei sushi or aged sushi, which heightens the dining experience with strong flavours. Embark on a tantalising experience with Chef Ashino for a unique Japanese fare.
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #02-02, Level 2 Dining, 018972
Tel: 6688 8507
Opens Daily: 5.30pm to 10.30pm
Two daily dinner seatings: 5.30pm and 8pm
Celebrity Chef Tetsuya Wakuda’s Waku Ghin is perceived as the best Japanese restaurant in Singapore, being awarded 1 Michelin Star in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2016 as well as the 6th position in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016. Chef Tetsuya pays an impressive amount of attention to every detail of his creations, even providing a personalised menu for his diners at the end of the meal as a keepsake.
SHINJI BY KANESAKA
St Regis: 29 Tanglin Road, Lobby Floor, Singapore 247911
Tel: 6884 8239
Carlton: 76 Bras Basah Rd, Lobby Floor, Singapore 189558
Tel: 6338 6131
Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Last order at 2pm)
Dinner: 6pm to 10.30pm (Last order at 9pm)
Closed on Sundays.
With two outlets at St. Regis Hotel and Carlton Hotel, Shinji by Kanesaka does not compromise on its premium quality Omakase. Awarded the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant award for 5 years in a row as well as 1 Michelin star in 2016, Shinji by Kanesaka stays true to its Japanese roots by providing an authentic Omakase dining experience that is unrivalled and comparable to its Japanese counterparts.
Address: 29 Scotts Road Singapore 228224
Tel: 6733 5251
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday: 6.30pm - 10:30pm (Last order at 9.30pm)
Closed on Sundays.
Ki-sho, which means aristocratic craftsmanship, represents the restaurant’s wish to provide culinary art with the best ambience for dining. With Chef Hamamoto and his unique interpretation of Omakase, every dish is specially curated and delivered to suit the palates of his guests. The restaurant provides the best ingredients of the season and Chef Hamamoto brings out the finest flavours of these ingredients with his superb skills.
USHIDOKI WAGYU KAISEKI
Address: 57, Tras Street, Singapore, 078996, #01-01
Tel: 6221 6379
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 12pm to 2:30pm (Last order at 2pm)
Dinner: Monday to Saturday: 6pm to 10:30pm (Last order at 9pm)
Closed on Sundays.
Slightly different from the usual fish choices, Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki serves different parts of the Ozaki beef from Miyazaki Prefecture for Omakase. Ozaki beef is named after farm owner Mr Muneharu Ozaki, who chooses to slaughter the beef at 34 months for a more flavoursome and nuanced taste. Chef Hirohashi Nobuaki, a second generation Japanese chef, presents the Ozaki wagyu beef in different forms, enhancing the distinct flavours of each part of the beef.