5 Best Japanese Hot Pot Restaurants in Singapore
Eat & Drink | January 10, 2021
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.
One 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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1. Shabu Shabu Gen
Located at Shaw Centre, Shabu Shabu Gen by Les Amis Group is an upmarket shabu shabu restaurant where diners can have a fine dining hot pot experience.
- 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 types of meat 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.
AMBIANCE: Being a fine dining restaurant, Shabu Shabu Gen sports a chic and elegant décor and arrangement. Subdued lighting, plus the leather and high-back chairs offer a quite formal and elegant vibe to the place. The four-seat arrangement immediately lets the customers know that a group of four and above can have a communal dining experience, which after all, is the goal of the Japanese Shabu Shabu eatery.
- Corkage charge from S$40 per bottle.
- Smart and elegant dress code
2. Shabuya Shabu Shabu
Craving for the joys of an authentic shabu shabu? You can have this at Shabuya Shabu Shabu, a casual hot pot place at VivoCity. This spacious restaurant with a panoramic sea view is an ideal venue to enjoy a hearty and healthy Japanese hot pot meal with family or friends.
- 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.
MENU: Shabuya Shabu Shabu offers both a-la-carte and set meal menus of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and seafood. All set meals are served with a portion of seasonal vegetables and udon or rice. The menu also features a range of cold and hot appetizers as well as desserts.
- Wagyu Beef
- Jumbo Prawns
- US Black Angus
- Ebi Tempura
- Pumpkin Pudding
- Ice Creams
AMBIENCE: Minimalist decoration is a way of inspiration at Shabuya. In its simple interior, diners can find a modern yet cozy ambience to enjoy a relaxing hot pot meal. A panoramic sea view adds more charm to this shabu shabu restaurant.
AVERAGE PRICE/PAX: S$40 (A-la-carte)
- Weekend brunch for adults: S$45.90++
- Weekend brunch for kids: S$21.90++
3. Black Cow
As its name suggests, Black Cow, is a Japanese restaurant in Singapore that specializes in dishes using high-grade beef from the famed black cattle of Japan. It claims to be the first restaurant in Singapore to introduce Kanto-style sukiyaki, the traditional style of cooking beef in Japan. While this restaurant is popular for its premium beef bowls, hot pot lovers also flock to Black Cow for a gastronomic feast of shabu-shabu and sukiyaki.
- A5 wagyu: Black Cow offers premium hot pot options with A5 black cattle wagyu from Japan. Depending on the season, you can order shabu-shabu or sukiyaki with A5 Matsusaka, Omi, or Hida beef. A4 Kagoshima beef is also available.
- Complete shabu-shabu and sukiyaki set: All shabu-shabu and sukiyaki choices at Black Cow are served with salad, appetizer, seasonal vegetables, and dessert. Dashi broth and udon or porridge are added to the shabu-shabu menu while the sukiyaki set comes with the usual raw egg and warishita (Black Cow sukiyaki sauce).
- Executive lunch menu: Black Cow’s regular menu is available for all-day dining but patrons can opt for the more affordable executive lunch menu for their noontime meal. The Premium Sukiyaki Set is available for lunch at S$58.
MENU: The all-day dining menu contains starters, Black Cow specialty beef bowls, shabu-shabu, and sukiyaki sets. Black Cow also boasts of a wide selection of Japanese sake including Juyondai, the so-called king of sakes.
- A5 Matsusaka Wagyu Beef Shabu-Shabu
- A5 Matsusaka Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki
- Kurobuta Black Pork Belly Shabu-Shabu
- Kurobuta Black Pork Collar Sukiyaki
- Premium Don
- Signature Hida Truffle Don
- Truffle Scallop Carpaccio
- Chilled Truffle Somen
AMBIENCE: Black Cow has the typical Japanese modern minimalist feel with its primarily black and brown interior. The marble-top tables, black tiles, textured walls, and wooden shelves lend a classy touch to the laid back and casual atmosphere. The restaurant has ample space for families and friend groups.
AVERAGE PRICE/PAX: S$85 (All-day); S$40 (Lunch)
- Prices are not inclusive of 10% service charge and government taxes.
- A S$40 corkage is charged for every 750ml bottle.
- Black Cow offers a one-for-one policy that allows customers to enjoy 1 bottle of wine without corkage for every bottle purchased from the house.
4. Suki-Ya @ Marina Square
In a mood to dip and savour something hot? How about a steamboat full of delightful foods? An affordable Japanese hotpot meal at Suki-Ya will add zest to your day without burning your wallet.
- 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 an unlimited flow of decent quality beef, pork, chicken, meatballs, 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.
- Beef Slices
- Pork Slices
- Chicken Balls with Cheese Filling
- Pork Balls with Cheese Filling
- Glass Noodles
ATMOSPHERE: Suki-Ya at Marina Square is a spacious restaurant that gives comfort and privacy to diners through its booth seating. Orange lighting effect and dark wood décor add warmth and lend the place a relaxing air.
- Weekday Lunch Buffet: S$18.90++
- Weekday Dinner Buffet: S$24.90++
- Weekends/ PH/ eve of PH Lunch: S$20.90++
- Weekends/ PH/ eve of PH Dinner: S$26.90++
5. Shabu Sai at Orchard Central
Looking for a cheap Japanese hot pot buffet in Singapore? If so, look no further than Shabu Sai at Orchard Central. This Japanese casual restaurant has successfully drawn in the crowd to its dining room through offering a wide range of buffet items at very wallet-friendly prices.
- 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 a 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.
AMBIANCE: Shabu Sai sports the beauty of a traditional Japanese food house. Wooden chairs and tables, banners with Japanese symbols and small wooden planks indicating ingredient names give the place a Japanese touch.
- Weekday Lunch: $16.99++ (adult)
- Weekend Lunch: $19.99++(adult)
- Weekday Dinner: $24.99++(adult)
- Weekend Dinner: $29.99++(adult)
- Child: $9.99++
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