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Best Omakase Restaurants in Singapore

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 23 Sep 2022  

 

An Exquisite Omakase Experience in Singapore

Chef preparing omakase nigiri sushi bare hands

 

Singapore’s food scene is a celebrated destination for foodies around the globe. The city’s expansive culinary landscape is home to a rich banquet of cuisines, of which Japanese cuisine is one of the most popular.

From decadent bowls of ramen to sizzling teppanyaki and freshly prepared sushi, there is an abundance of restaurants in the city serving delicious Japanese food. For a singularly unique dining experience, an omakase menu should be at the top of your tasting to-do list.

 

Omakase Origins

A traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, origin of omakase

 

Meaning "to entrust" or "I leave it up to you," omakase is a traditional form of dining considered by some gourmands to be the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine. The style has its roots in a Japanese culinary tradition called kaiseki (懐石), which developed centuries ago as a way for people to celebrate special occasions like festivals or weddings with food.

Today, omakase is both an art form and a science. Intricate creativity is displayed in its execution while each ingredient is utilized to its fullest potential by carefully balancing flavours and textures without overwhelming the senses.

 

Enticing Expectations

People seated at a bar table facing Japanese chef preparing food

 

A typical dining experience is built around the relationship between you and the menu. A selection of dishes created by the chef is presented, inviting you to choose the direction of your food journey. Here, familiarity can often lure you towards plates where the outcome of taste is known.

At an omakase restaurant, the path is far more surprising. There is not necessarily a ‘menu’ for you to plot your course; this is an experience where you are entirely in the hands of the chef, with the flow of the meal akin to a conversation.

You’ll be seated at a table facing the chef, indulging in topics about the food, ingredient origins, and tastes. These moments inspire the chef to create unique dishes tailored to the mood, often showcasing seasonal ingredients for a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience. Each is a bespoke dining journey that subverts expectations and surprises the palate from one bite to the next.

 

Omakase Restaurants in Singapore

Whether you’re a first-timer to omakase dining or a die-hard devotee, you’ll surely appreciate the experience at some of the best Japanese omakase restaurants in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands. A gastronomic hub that sets the standard in cuisine selection and service, these are the must-try highlights for an appetising tour of omakase excellence.

 

Omakase bar dining area at Wakuda Singapore

 

Wakuda Singapore

One of the two restaurants at Marina Bay Sands by culinary maestro Tetsuya Wakuda, and created in collaboration with star restaurateur John Kunkel, WAKUDA is a sensual experience of provocative artistic choices and sumptuous food. Inspired by the narrow, neon-soaked streets of Tokyo’s Golden Gai district, WAKUDA offers redefined Japanese cuisine that melds tradition with modernity.

Only the finest ingredients sourced from Japan, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand are used to prepare a menu of exceptional dishes. Dishes from the a la carte menu, like The Saikyo Yaki, with Patagonian Toothfish Cod marinated in original Saikyo miso from Kyoto, is a grilled seafood classic. Appease your palate with another a la carte menu favourites, the Cold Soba, a savoury bowl of soft noodles with Truffles, Botan Shrimp, and shaved mushrooms – each bite is bound to be more satisfying than the last.

Boasting a premium experience that is “truly a first for the city,” WAKUDA is the newest addition to the omakase experience at Marina Bay Sands, making it an ideal destination to sample the best omakase in Singapore. Seating just eight guests, revel in an air of exclusivity as the master chef creates a one-off menu where each dish is specifically catered to the whims of the occasion, resulting in unexpected moments of gourmet perfection.   

Wakuda is located at Lobby, Hotel Tower 2

 

Omakase bar dining area at KOMA Singapore

 

KOMA Singapore

The theatrics at KOMA begin at its impressive entrance. The long passageway is lined with orange cedar sculptural arches, evoking the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. The path leads into a stunning lounge area which will leave you in awe with its high ceilings, huge sushi bar, and grand ornamental bell that hangs over a footbridge.

The interior’s bravura styling is apt for a menu that offers a bold reimagining of Japanese cuisine. A wide selection of fresh MakiNigiri, and Sashimi will have sushi lovers salivating with joy. The a la carte menu catches your eye with adventurous dishes such as the Truffle Fried Rice, an umami-filled combination of Japanese rice fired with truffle paste, mushrooms and vegetables. 

The lunch and dinner Omakase menu at KOMA consists of a spread of either six or ten incredible courses. Take a seat at the bar while the chef prepares and serves a personal selection of plates that will spark conversation with their delicious flavours and presentation. Complete the tantalising experience with some sake from KOMA’s extensive list.  

KOMA is located at B1-67, The Shoppes

 

Omakase chef's table at Waku Ghin Singapore

 

Waku Ghin By Tetsuya Wakuda

With two Michelin Stars to its name, Waku Ghin is an invitation from chef Tetsuya Wakuda to a fine dining experience that exceeds assumptions on every level. The restaurant's interiors are inspired by the serene beauty of nature, with materials such as wood and stone used in its minimalist aesthetic. From furnishings to surfaces, every aspect of the environment is adorned with subtle details that reflect a proud Japanese heritage.

A visit to the bar is a good way to start things off. Take a seat and peruse a list of beverages that include handcrafted Japanese-style cocktails, meticulously-sourced wines, and varied collections of premium sake. Browse the a la carte menu for a series of haute cuisine highlights. The Salmon and Sea Urchin is a divine dish of delicately seasoned fish served on a bed of fluffy rice; the Ohmi Wagyu Beef Menchi Katsu Burger is a tender bite of crispy chicken with a side of fries.

The standout is a seat at the exclusive chef’s ten-seater table for a gala omakase experience in Singapore. Indulge in a bespoke dining extravaganza with a multi-layered feast of seasonally inspired specials carefully curated by the chef for your ultimate dining pleasure.

Waku Ghin is located at L2-03, The Shoppes

 

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