Beef Bowls have gotten rather popular in Singapore, especially in the CBD area where diners require their portion of protein (especially gym goers) along with a nutritious, fuss-free meal.
There are various versions available in Singapore, some done in the Japanese Gyudon way which which is cooked with simmered onions in a mildly sweet sauce; beef slices piled like a mini-mountain; or with grilled beef pieces typically added with a soft poached egg.
Some have gotten more experimental and it is not difficult to find more luxe ingredients such as truffle and foie gras added.
Here are some of the 20 Beef Bowls you can find in Singapore:
Suntec City East Wing #01-647, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
SUKIYA, Japan’s No. 1 Gyudon restaurant chain and its recognisable red bowl logo is finally in Singapore.
Not to be missed is SUKIYA’s signature Classic Gyudon ($4.20 for S, $4.90 for M, $6.70 for L, $8.80 for XL). The Gyudon is a hot and fluffy Japanese rice bowl topped with thinly sliced beef and onions simmered in a mildly sweet soy-based sauce.
They use Koshihikari, a 100% Japanese-grown short grain rice that is soft, moist, springy and slightly sweet; while the high-quality beef is imported from USA.
The beef is specially-sliced thin so it takes on the full aroma and flavour of the sweet and savoury shoyu-based sauce. Another highlight was the soft sliced onions.
Loved that the beef was not-too-fatty as well, simmered till very tender. If you eat the beef alone, you may find it on the saltier side, so it is recommended to give it a good mix with the rice to balance the flavours out.
Available in 4 sizes, the M is SUKIYA’s standard size (and just $4.90), and XL (still inexpensive at $8.80) offers bigger portion of rice than M with double portion of meat. SUKIYA (Suntec City)
Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke
11 Kee Seng Street, #01-01 Onze, Singapore 089218 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Keisuke does it again, this time with a Beef Sukiyaki Don concept.
The menu is straight forward, with the offering of Beef Sukiyaki Don ($13.90) or Kiwami Wagyu Sukiyaki Don ($29.90). You can top up beef at $10 and $25 respectively.
This is when you deliberate between the cheaper US Prime Beef option, or indulge in Yonezawa Beef A4.
There will be a dedicated chef who cooks the food in front of you. They wear white jackets and ties, which reminds me of those in the higher end tempura shops in Japan.
The marbling of the Wagyu beef was superb for its price, the slices meaty and slightly fatty and could down your throat.
While some diners may frown at “sukiyaki” items because they tend to be too sweet-savoury, the balance was just right for this bowl. Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke (Kee Seng Street)
B1 Jurong Point, Japanese Food Street, 65 Jurong West Central 3, Singapore 648332 (Boon Lay MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
This is found within &Joy Dining Hall at Jurong Point. If you have been to Osaka, you may have come across ROMAN.TEI, known for its savoury cuts of quality beef with special sauces at reasonable pricing.
It is a concept by direct meat specialist and wholesaler – Okayama Food Service Co. Ltd. Similar to its stores in Japan, prices of the beef boxes are kept below $20 nett.
The Double Beef Zen ($17.90) comes highly recommended. This is for those who love your luxurious combo dish of beef steak and beef slices over fluffy rice, in which you can savour tender medium rare steak slices alongside beef broiled in a savoury broth.
The rice is served with a “golden ratio” in a Jyu box, accompanied with a side salad, condiments and extra soup. &Joy Dining Hall (Jurong Point)
9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-08, Millenia Walk, 039569
Tel: +65 6341 9668
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Sushi Murasaki at Millenia Walk is known for its omakase dining concept and seasonal fish freshly-flown directly from Japan’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market.
But look out for THIS. Yes, this. A Premium Wagyu Don ($85) that spells indulgence, sumptuousness and savour all at the same time.
The Donburi includes Kagoshima Wagyu Beef, WITH buttery foie gras, uni, ikura, black truffle, onsen egg and further drizzled with truffle soy sauce.
Every spoonful, you are consuming something luxe.
Camden Medical Centre #01-01/02, 1 Orchard Boulevard Singapore 248649
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm (Mon – Sun); Dinner 6pm – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 6pm – 11pm (Fri, Sat)
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Interesting. The word “Fat” in Fat Cow stands for luxury and indulgence, and is also a play on the word “Fatt” which in Mandarin dialect means prosperity. The Japanese restaurant is known to serve handpicked selection of the finest Wagyu from reputable farms around the world.
The Fatcow Premium Donburi is one of its signature items, also at a premium price of $98 – of sliced wagyu steak on rice, uni, caviar, foie gras and onsen egg.
The buttery foie gras which melted in the mouth was surprisingly the best part; I did wish that the steak pieces could be tenderer – for the price paid.
CityLink Mall #B1-16, One Raffles Link, Singapore 039393 (Esplanade MRT, CityHall MRT)
Tel: +65 8511 4425
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
The humble eatery can be found near to the entrance leading to Marina Square, right opposite Starbucks. The exquisite and prized meat Wagyu (和牛) or “Japanese beef” finds its way as a premium topping for Wagyu Don ($9.90 for small, $11.90 for regular).
Available in 2 sizes, this bowl highlights thinly sliced seasoned beef, tender with the marbling in the meat.
The shoyu-based simmering sauce is livened up with ginger and soft onions. If you love Gyudon or beef donburi, this is the upgrade worth trying.
The small bowl is good if you are not feeling that hungry, or want to pair up with other sides. Otherwise, get the regular bowl for better value-for-the-money.
Diners can also top-up $2.90 for 2 sides and a drink; or $3.50 for 3 sides and a drink. Donburi-Ya (CityLink Mall)
313@somerset #B3-19/20, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Sora Boru is a Halal-certified casual Japanese concept located at the basement 3 of 313@somerset.
The Snow Beef Don ($11.90 for regular) has been one of the best-sellers of Sora Boru since its opening, and it is not difficult to understand why.
The inclusion of grated parmesan and a special sweet-savoury sauce made from whipping cream may remind diners of a Korean-meets-Japanese meal; and I don’t think this style is served anywhere else in Singapore.
The donburi (rice bowls) is constructed with a base of steamed rice, a choice of either stewed cabbage or seasoned beansprouts, then piled with succulent flame-grilled beef slices.
While you would expect donburis to be savoury, this is sweet, creamy and cheesy, and would appeal to those who are more adventurous to try something new and interesting.
Otherwise, you can also choose the Volcano Beef Don ($11.90 for regular), with the name “volcano” comes from the spicy ‘lava’ that runs down the side.
That sauce is created with a spicy, earthy flavour that is like a cross between the Korean gochujang sauce and local sambal chilli (the aftertaste). Sora Boru (313@somerset)
Kogane Yama – Bugis Junction
Bugis Junction #02-50, 200 Victoria St, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last orders 9.30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm Last orders 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)
Kogane Yama at Bugis Junction and JEM offers a Gyu Bowl ($16.80) in which the beef slices were quite succulent, tender and fragrant.
The Gyu Bowl uses wagyu beef slices which are first marinated in a special blend of shoyu sauces.
Instead of stewing (which is more commonly used), the beef is stir-fried with some onion slices, thus you get a bit of that wok-heat. The sauces also help to enhance the natural flavour of the beef.
Mix it up with the oozing onsen egg and fried garlic slices, and you get a slight slippery texture and aroma from the garlic.
3D River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay #01-06 Block D, Singapore 179023
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Newly introduced luxurious Beef Donburis at Hot Stones include the Miyazaki A4 Striploin ($68), Kagoshima A4 Striploin ($68), and Australia MS7-8 Wagyu Striploin Donburi ($38).
I had the Australia MS7-8 Wagyu Striploin Donburi, in which the marbling scores range from 1 (leanest) to 9 (premium marbling).
Experience what an Australian Wagyu Striploin with marbling score of MS7-8 feels like in your mouth. You get succulent slices of steak served atop truffle-shoyu infused Japanese rice, flanked by onsen egg, ikura, foie gras, furikake, tobiko, and fried garlic slices.
A splash of truffle oil, and sprinkles of spring onions and sesame seeds complete this fragrant donburi with fluffy rice. Hot Stones (Clarke Quay)
7 Wallich St, Guoco Tower #B2-21, Singapore 078884
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
Chalong is a modern fusion restaurant inspired by Thai flavours serving charcoal grilled meat rice bowls. It is known for using sous vide cooking techniques and finishing the items off using charcoal grilling.
All the beef used here is air flown from New Zealand, while the pork is sourced from free-range Iberico pigs in Spain that are fed 100% on acorn.
Even the simplest ingredient like salt is specially sourced, as Chalong uses only Himalayan salt. Butter comes from Denmark.
The Roast Beef Bowl ($14) features medium rare sous-vide beef served with a white truffle umami sauce.
All meats and vegetables are grilled in the highly acclaimed Josper Charcoal Oven. Smoked meats are done in-house, smoking them with Applewood to impart more depth in aroma.
All rice bowls are served with mi cuit (half-cooked) egg and Japanese Haenuki rice.
9 Raffles Boulevard #01-14/15, Millenia Walk Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6333 1516
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm (Mon – Sun), 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Sat), 5pm – 9pm (Sun)
Sandaime Bunji established in Tokyo Ginza, is an 80 year old family business known for making Kamaboko — a fish cake snack.
What really caught my attention was the Wagyu Round Roast Beef Set ($24.90), which came in a towering bowl with slices stacked above rice.
The portion is generous with 250 grams of beef, tasty and tasty, worth every bit of its price.
Hint: It is even more affordable during lunch time at $19.90! Sandaime Bunji (Millenia Walk)
Gyu Nami by Gomalicious
Orchard Gateway B2-06 277 Orchard Road, 238858
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 8pm (Sat – Sun)
The stall known to sell $10 Wagyu Beef Bowls at Amoy Street Food Centre, has opened a shop in the heart of Orchard Road. (However, there were quite a number of feedback that they used to be better during Amoy days.)
The Signature Wagyu Roast Beef Don is still sold at $10, however there is also a large option at $13. You can top up $2 to make is a set with miso soup and mochi.
The roasted wagyu beef slices continued to be both soft and tender, all reasonably large slices with that beautiful pinkiness on the surface.
The accompanying sous vide egg and creamy yogurt sauce helped ease the dryness, and added that element of stickiness (otherwise could have been a tad dry). Gyu Nami (Orchard Gateway)
200A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068638 (Telok Ayer MRT Station)
Tel: +65 8822 5525
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 6pm – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Kabuke is a 50-seater Sake gastrobar, so named as it combines the art of kabuki and the wonders of Japanese Sake.
I was pleasantly surprised with the Gyudon ($15), which contained grain-fed striploin topped with onsen egg and garlic chips.
Some other Gyudon I tried elsewhere tasted like beef on rice with some sauce, and that was it.
These beef slices had succulent flavour and enough tenderness, made more pleasurable with addition of truffle shoyu which added that tinge of saltiness with subtle aroma. Kabuke (Telok Ayer)
International Plaza 10 Anson Road #01-16 Singapore 079903 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Exit C)
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun
In short for “Donburi Coconut”, the 5-seater shop is actually established by The Fish Sh-nack and SoiCoco. Thus you would find products from both – donburi and vegan-friendly and dairy-free coconut products incorporated in one shop.
I had the Sh-nack Don ($8.90) with almost equal proportion of grilled beef and cajun fish skin.
The fish skin added some variety in both texture and taste, with salty-spiced bits and crunches every mouthful.
The grilled beef had peppery flavours, but you would feel something missing from the overall combination. I reckon pickles or some vegetables could help provide a more balanced bowl.
[Closed] Rakki Bowl
72 Duxton Road, Singapore 089531
Tel: +65 9730 3598
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The Signature Truffle Wagyu Don ($12.90, $21.90) is a steal for its portion. For those who get a high from the scent of truffle oil (may it be real or not), you would get yours satisfied from this bowl.
There was a strong smoked garlicky aroma in the midst as well, one of those bowls that worked on the scent element.
I was also pleasantly surprised with the amount and quality of beef used, for that price – thinly sliced, meaty yet tender, in a good meal to rice ratio.
Niigata Koshihikari rice is used, and therefore you could taste that the rice is of better quality and fluffier. Rakki Bowl (Beach Road)
4 Hillview Rise HillV2 #02-02 Singapore 667979
Tel: +65 67107278
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30 (Sun – Fri), 11:30am – 10pm (Sat)
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The Wagyu Don ($26.80) which contained pan fried wagyu beef on rice and miso soup, was prepared using A4 Grade Wagyu from Kagoshima Japan. Co-owner Shannon Wong illustrated that it was “fine dining quality beef, heartland price”
Not exaggerating, this was one of the best beef bowl I had.
The glistering slices were luxurious with their marbling, perfectly cut, tender and flavourful that would leave traces of happiness in your mouth and belly. Kinsa Sushi (HillV2)
The Sushi Bar Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #05-34/35 Ngee Ann City Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:45pm (Mon – Sun)
Humble and popular Japanese outlet The Sushi Bar from Far East Plaza has a fuller-fledged restaurant at Ngee Ann City.
It is not uncommon to see long queues outside the Far East Plaza branches both weekday and weekends, with a line of people waiting mainly for their coveted bowl of Chirashi Don and Salmon Aburi Roll.
The Wagyu Don ($34.90) was not mind-blowing in taste, thought it needed more sauce or something, but certainly could hold its own with generous portion of beef and a sprinkling of enjoyable fried garlic. The Sushi Bar (Ngee Ann City)
Stephen Riady Centre, 2 College Avenue West, #01-09, Singapore 138607 (Kent Ridge MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 8:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Waa Cow serves Japanese inspired rice bowls like Sliced Wagyu Beef ($19.90), Truffle Wagyu Beef ($22.90), Mentaiko Wagyu Beef ($23.90), Aburai Bara Chirashi – Raw ($18.90) and Spicy Mentaiko Salmon ($19.90).
The signature and best-selling bowl is the Wagyu Beef Bowl ($19.90), added with beef glaze, onsen egg and fish roe, topped on fluffy Akitakomachi rice. Waa Cow (Kent Ridge Drive)
Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Café
501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, 03-15/16/17, 238880
Tel: +65 6733 6636
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:15pm, 5:15pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The Japanese fare created by Executive Chef Toshio Sawai offered here is quite extensive, from Sun Original Kamameshi, Bento sets, Kobachi, Sushi, Sashimi, Washoku combinations, to Steak dishes.
The donburi sets at Sun with Moon Japanese Dining & Café have been popular among lunch-goers, and you can expect Unagi Don ($23.80), Tendon ($23.80) and Buta Don ($22.80) – pan-fried sliced pork served on rice.
I would recommend the Roast Beef Don Set ($25.80) of sliced sous-vide tender roast beef served on Japanese rice with special sauce, mayonnaise, and topped off with a soft boiled egg.
The portion is generous and makes for a satisfying meal.
115 Eunos Ave 3 #01-01 Singapore 409839 (Paya Lebar MRT)
Tel: +65 9632 6045
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)
For those working around Paya Lebar who needs a protein fix or a fuss-free meal, you can go for the Yakiniku Beef Striploin ($8.50) at Nuevo Café.
Served during lunch and dinner times, you get grilled beef striploin on a bed of Japanese rice, topped with pickles and sous vide egg, sprinkled with sesame seeds and roasted nori.
The beef used for the Gyudon was grilled quickly and cut thin, giving the pieces a layer of even char and tenderness. I do think they could up slightly on the sauce element, or provide a dip as an option.
On Weekends, they serve the beef bowl as well, but using the ribeye cut instead.
301 Upper Thomson Road, #03-24A Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408 (Near Marymount MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 2:15pm, 5:45pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
This used to be called Ryori by Sushiro, and prices still remain affordable.
I opted for the Tokyo Gyuniku Don ($12). When I first tasted a few spoonfuls, I felt the meats were juicy enough. Compared to the usual donburis which are typically drier, their version was more soupy.
The bowl was also overloaded with onions and rice, and I wished that they mixed in more beef instead.