The 5 Best Japanese Hot Pot Restaurants in Singapore
Eat & Drink | June 22, 2017
What better way to have great time together than bonding over a communal Japanese hot pot meal?
At the time thin slices of meats dipped in boiling soup make the shabu shabu sound, it is when all the senses are entertained. And you know, you are treating each other with the right food at the right moment.
Ones can have this simple pleasure at most of the Japanese restaurants in town. But if you only want the best, pay a visit to the specialized hot pot restaurants (shabu shabu and sukiyaki). From high-end to budget concepts, and from a la carte to buffet styles, those Japanese steamboat places will give you something you are longing for.
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- Fancy shabu shabu place for special occasions: Shabu Shabu Gen is the only high-end Japanese hot pot restaurant in Singapore today, where you can enjoy premium ingredients such as high-grade Wagyu beef, Kurobuta pork, and Spanish Iberico pork loin meat. The peaceful environment and the chic, modern look make it an ideal venue for meeting up with business executives over lunch or for a special occasion dinner.
- A place to enjoy real Japanese Wagyu beef: Available in two cuts, ribeye and sirloin, the restaurant's Wagyu beef is sourced from Japanese boutique cattle houses. Only the A4 and A5 Wagyu beef cuts are included on its menu so expect to get marbled beef that can come out delicately tender, tasty and juicy when cooked in a nabe pot.
- High-quality Iberico Spanish and Kurobuta pork: These are what make Shabu Shabu Gen a go-to-place for pork lovers who can afford Japanese haute cuisine. Kurobuta is known for its rich flavor and succulent bites, while the Iberico Spanish pork loin melts in the mouth effortlessly and does leave a subtle porky taste. Both meats also work well with traditional Japanese condiments like the Goma sauce, giving you a heavenly experience.
- Affordable lunch sets: Various options of lunch sets are available for you to sample high quality hot pot at inexpensive prices, ranging from S$30++ to S$60++. The shabu shabu will be accompanied by the appetizer, salad and dessert.
- All-you-can-eat weekend brunch at S$45.90 is a crowd-puller: At this price, a feast of shabu shabu plus unlimited fresh sashimi, Wagyu beef, US Black Angus, black pig and seafood dishes is probably the best shabu shabu deal in town. The brunch is available from 11:30 to 16:00 on Satuday, Sunday and public holidays.
- High quality Wagyu beef: Fans of Wagyu beef cannot miss out on the goodness of the quality slices of Japanese Wagyu beef offered at Shabuya. The tender and marbled Wagyu beef will do wonders for your hot pot experience.
- A great shabu shabu place for seafood lovers: Shabuya with its selection of quality meat cuts is a real carnivore pleaser, but seafood lovers still can find your pleasure here. A dazzling array of seafood like King Crab, Jumbo Prawns, Tuna, Salmon, Scallops and Cod Fish is nothing less than heaven for any seafood buff.
- High quality a-la carte buffet: Consisting of shabu shabu and regular items, Z’en Japanese Cuisine’s menu offers both quantity and quality. Shabu shabu, sashimi, sushi, grilled squid, yakitori, and sirloin steak are just a few names among more than 60 buffet items. Unlike some other shabu shabu buffet places that have the time limit of from 80 to 120 minutes, Z’en enables diners to start as early as 18:00 until 22:30.
- Tempting sirloin steak: A 200g-slab of sirloin steak is char-grilled to medium-rare and then chopped into slices. The steak is moist at its best and the succulence is even enhanced by the flavourful ponzu sauce. Z’en’s sirloin steak is truly a highlight in the restaurant's a-la carte buffet menu!
- Newly introduced fusion food items: Ever heard of grilled asparagus with bleu cheese being served in a Japanese restaurant before? How about that roasted chicken filled with herbs and then wrapped in bamboo leaves? While cooked Asian style, the recipes share some resemblance with Western cuisines, which will enrich our experience there.
- All-you-can-eat Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki at unbeatable prices: Suki-Ya is famous for its two-in-one buffet feast – diners come for a shabu shabu experiece and get Sukiyaki as a beautiful bonus. Weekday buffet lunch is offered at S$18.90++ while weekday buffet dinner will cost you S$24.90++. With unlimited flow of decent quality beef, pork, chicken, meat balls and vegetables, Suki-Ya’s buffet is a real good deal.
- A variety of soup broth to excite your taste buds: How do you describe your ideal soup broth? With Suki-Ya’s 5 types of soup bases, you will surely find something that hits the spot. Choose from Shabu Shabu (low in calories & light on the palate), Sukiyaki (sweet), Butaniku (pork-based), Wasabi (slightly spicy with a kick of wasabi) and Touyu Miso (miso flavoured).
- Weekday promotions: You can enjoy the buffet at only S$12.90++ if you bring a buddy along from Monday to Friday (11:30 to 17:00). Another offer gives you 25% off from Monday to Thursday (18:00 onwards) when you come in groups of 4 or more.
- One of the cheapest steamboat lunch buffets at Orchard: Offered at S$16.99++ per pax, a weekday buffet lunch at Shabu Sai at Orchard Central is an ideal choice for fans of Japanese hot pot around the area. The buffet spread is large enough with approximately 60 food items to select from. You may opt to add S$1.99++ to get free flow of drinks and soft serve ice cream.
- Various types of soup base to accompany the hot pot meal: Shabu Sai offers at least six types of soup bases daily, from which you can select two to complement the shabu shabu ingredients. Sukiyaki, curry and spicy soups are the crowd’s favorites while tonkotsu, tomato and seaweed often leave a good impression on those who want to try something new.
- 3 types of imported meats: In any shabu shabu meal, meats are equally important as the soup base. So Shabu Sai has got chicken, pork, and beef on its buffet table. The US beef is particularly tender and able to absorb the soup flavors well to give our taste buds a rich, smooth and beefy experience.