Japanese-style Yakiniku 焼き肉 which refers to grilled barbecue meats is gaining traction in Singapore, with restaurants dedicated to serving it with grills built into the table.
This guide focuses more on the upscale yakiniku restaurant if you are looking at fuller sets, ‘omakase’-style dining, and even a Michelin Guide recommended Yakiniku restaurant.
390 Orchard Road #02-08/09 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
Tel No.: +65 6904 3308
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 8:30pm (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm (Fri), 12pm – 2:30pm – 6pm – 10pm (Sat), 12pm – 2:30pm (Sun)
Shatoburian is a modern upscale Japanese yakiniku restaurant, and a concept by the Black Carvery Group.
It opened at Palais Renaissance to the delight of prime Japanese Wagyu beef lovers and connoisseurs.
Shatoburian is named after a phonetic play on Chateaubriand, a prized cut which is the large center cut filet mignon. As the most tender cut of the cow, this represents the premium dining you can experience here.
Menu features a variety of top-grade cuts of Japanese Wagyu beef, from chateaubriand to ribeye to a rare cut called Misuji. They proudly serve A5 Wagyu beef strictly procured from approved auction house in Japan, as well as caviar and foie gras from France.
The All-Day Menu features an entire section on Yakiniku, available as Shio or Tare (Barbeque marinade). They serve the steaks Himalayan pink salt, wasabi, and condiments at your request.
Get lost in choices of Beef Tongue, Thin-Slice meats, Normal-Slice meats, Steak-Cut meats, and many other cuts and add ons.
The Chateaubriand ($158, 120g) known as the most tender and best cut of the tenderloin is a must for beef-lovers as it is a rare cut.
For group dining, order a Platter of Beef Tongue ($228) featuring 5 different styles of premium cut ox tongue.
Or go solo indulgence with Pocket ($68) a thick cut premium ox tongue stuffed with tamanegi and naga negi.
333A Orchard Road #04-08/09/10 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Tel No: +65 6223 4129
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Yakiniquest began as a gastronomic mission to discover all the amazing yakiniku (Japanese grilled beef) across Japan. Within 15 years, Sugur Ishida and his wife Tomoko, along with 3 friends, conquered over 2,000 specialty restaurants.
They documented everything at yakiniquest.com, which gained popularity among Japanese foodies.
Yakiniquest opened in 2014 in Boat Quay, Singapore to showcase the highlights of their yakiniku chronicles. The restaurant has recently moved to Mandarin Galley.
Menu is mainly designed omakase-style, where you let the chefs choose and grill your beef. You sit back and let them grill and serve your selected course, featuring dishes that change from day to day.
Each omakase course includes various cuts of carefully selected Wagyu beef. They may also serve raw meat, raw egg, tongue, or uni – if you have any preference against these items, please let them know upfront.
Available is the Lunch Omakase “Appetite” ($128++) comprising of Starter, Japanese Salad, Wagyu Goma Shabu, 7 cuts of Grill Beef (including Signature Yakisuki & Wagyu Aburi Sushi), Beef Curry Rice or Cold Noodle, and Dessert.
There is also the Dinner Omakase “Classic” ($138++) which includes Tail Soup Chawanmushi, 3 kinds of Wagyu Appetizer, Signature “Beef Noodle” Niku Somen, 7 premium cuts of Grill Beef (including Signature Yakisuki), Japanese Salad, Beef Curry Rice or Cold Noodle, and Dessert.
15 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069695
Tel: +65 8360 0922
Opening Hours: 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Treat yourself to a modern Japanese BBQ indulgence at YEN Yakiniku as you savour farm-to-table premium cuts.
As a yakiniku and dry-aged beef specialist, YEN Yakiniku offers an extensive range of hand-selected meat cuts grilled to precision, in a plush yet relaxed dining setting.
Interesting to note that it is the only Michelin-recommended yakiniku restaurant in Singapore. Also, rather than at the table or table-side grilling, the staff will grill for customers at the customer right in front of you.
Menu includes a spread of Japanese Wagyu, USDA, and Australian grass-fed beef options, as well as non-beef and seafood specialities.
The various cuts of beef have been individually selected for the best balance between marbling, texture and flavours.
At the heart of the culinary selections are Yen Specialties like the thin-sliced Ox Tongue ($19) topped with spring onion and Yen’s signature dressing.
From US comes Prime Beef Short Ribs ($28, Thin; $39, Thick) which are tender pieces of chopped boneless short rib.
Aburiya Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku
60 Robertson Quay, #01-03 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
Tel: +65 6735 4862
Opening Hours: 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Experience a curated selection of Japan’s unique styles of Wagyu at Aburiya. Here they specialise in rich-flavoured and well-marbled yakiniku and raw meats.
The team behind Aburiya look for the best Wagyu farmers across Japan. After sourcing, they keep the beef in chilled temperature to maintain quality even during delivery.
You will also encounter prime meats from Tokachi City in Hokkaido. These cattle are a crossbreed between Holstein and the Japanese Black Wagyu cattle and fed on finest organic feed. Tokachi beef are slightly less marbled, but deeper in flavour.
For Premium Wagyu meant for grilling, they have Tokusen Wagyu Karubi ($26) a top-quality beef with the best shimofuri (marbling); Tokusen Wagyu Rosu ($26) which are loin parts with subtle marbling; Tokusen Wagyu Sirloin ($34) an all-time favourite tender and juicy cut; and Tokusen Wagyu Zabuton ($32) soft and luxurious with its enormous amounts of fat and remarkable marbling.
Dining with a small group? Go for their Platters and share the beef love. Tokusen Kazoku ($88) gives you a selection of 3 premium Wagyu, Outside Skirt, Wagyu Finger Rib, Pork Belly, Chicken, Sausage, and Vegetables.
The Gyu Bar
30 Stevens Road #01-08, Singapore 257840
Tel No.: +65 6732 0702
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Located next to Mecure Hotel Steven, The Gyu Bar is a modern 35-seater dining bar, a dining destination among Japanese beef lovers.
No less than Chef Tomoo Kimura of 1-Michelin-starred Sushi Kimura serves as co-founder.
The overall ambiance is one of modern comfort, defined with clean lines and subdued palette. Shades of indigo blue and ash grey complement the wood finishes. Natural lighting rules the day while night-time exudes a relaxing mood with track lights, pendant lamps, and city lights.
Menu is a la carte, alongside its signature 9-Course Premium Wagyu Omakase ($238 onwards).
The extensive beef-centric menu is complemented with premium pork, chicken, vegetables, and seafood from award-winning suppliers and specialist farmers.
They use a variety of branded Wagyu beef from Japan, including Sanuki Olive from Kagawa Prefecture. With a herd of only 1,700, it is one of rarest beef in the world. They add pressed olives into the cattle feed, resulting in a beautiful marbling and a rich umami flavour in the meat.
The oldest (more than 400-year-old) Wagyu brand in Japan, Ohmi from Shiga Prefecture, is also here. You’ll find it is soft, well marbled and has a mellow aroma.
The Star Vista #02-17, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm Last order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
If you are craving for that exquisite Japanese taste, Gyu-Kaku offers premium Japanese Wagyu and other quality food items at reasonable prices.
If you’re dining with a group, get the Gyu-Kaku Platter ($48.80 onwards) of Japanese premium yakiniku at a fair and reasonable price.
The Gyu-Kaku Platter contains 260g of Gyu-Kaku Karubi or boneless short rib (Tare), Australia Wagyu Karubi (Tare), and King! Harami or skirt steak (Garlic Miso).
After grilling, splash some sweet tare or spicy tare, a dipping sauce made of soy sauce combined with ingredients like mirin, sake, sugar, and sesame seeds.
You can also try the popular cut known as Zabuton ($38.80) which is Japanese for “little pillow”, taken from the chuck flap thus giving it a flat square shape. This piece of meat between rib cap and shoulder blade weighs only a few kilos per cow, so it is quite a rare cut.
Unlike regular ribs, Wagyu Cross Karubi are still melt-in-the-mouth tender after being quickly grilled.
Pair up your barbecued meats with their line-up of mouth-watering appetisers, fresh salads, enticing seafood, all the way down to desserts and drinks.
Renga-Ya House of Japanese Charcoal BBQ
30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES #01-11-12, Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 6352 1966
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Sat), 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm Dinner (Sun)
Located at CHIJMES, Renga-Ya along Victoria Street is home to traditional Japanese charcoal BBQ.
All Japanese beef ingredients are sourced from the factories of origin to ensure traceability and quality. The team behind Renga-Ya visits each place of production and buy only the ingredients that meet their high standards.
Renga-Ya has a changing menu due to its use of seasonal ingredients.
Don’t miss Wagyu Thick Tongue Moto ($32) a limited item in the menu. Grilled surface is crispy while the softest part of the thick tongue is simply juicy.
Try also the tender and well-marbled Wagyu Jo-Tongue ($20) from the middle part of beef tongue. But if you like it lean and crunchy, go for Wagyu Tongue ($14) using front to middle part.
Another limited item is Wagyu Tokusen Karubi ($39) featuring the best marbling part of the beef. Best enjoyed with tare and wasabi.
Guoco Tower #01-13
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm (Sun – Thurs, PH), 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 11:30pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)
This all-you-can-eat Japanese yakiniku specialist is known to provide the most premium Japanese A5 Wagyu beef from Miyagi Prefecture, and that includes Brisket, Chuck, Round, Knuckle and more.
Wah, Wagyu A5? Because this is the top-tier range of wagyu and easily cost much more in other restaurants.
A reason why the brand can keep the wagyu prices low is because it holds an exclusive partnership with Japan’s award-winning Hidakami Ranch – located in Miyagi Ken, Sendai City in Japan.
This allows them access to exquisite cuts of Japanese A5 Wagyu beef at more competitive rates.
They offer a 120 minutes Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef buffet available from $70++ onwards per adult and $45++ per child onwards (prices depending on timing, so check with them as it changes periodically), which allows diner to savour the mesh-like marbling and rich meaty flavour in the Sendai Wagyu beef.
Plus point: the restaurant also uses a special smokeless griller, so that you will leave without worrying about the greasy smell on your hair and clothes.
Niku Katsumata 肉勝又
47 Duxton Road, Singapore 089511
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 11pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Niku Katsumata which originated from Ebisu Tokyo is one of the go-to Japanese restaurants for Japanese yakiniku – experience grilled quality beef that is both juicy and tender.
As the beef used is premium, minimal garnishing or seasoning is required so that diners can savour the original flavours and juices of the meat.
Do you know that the beef is also grilled on a crystal plate?
By using the crystal plate, heat is kept low and evenly spread out. This retains the natural flavours of the meats and keeps them tender at the same time
This is a satisfying 7-dishes course ($98) starting with Simmered Wagyu Beef Tendon and Assorted Homemade Kimchi and Marinated Vegetables.
After the sashimi and salad courses, the stars of the meal are the three types of premium meat – Assorted A4 Wagyu Beef, Kurobuta Pork Loin, and A4 Wagyu Beef Fillet.
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