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Japanese restaurants in Singapore open for takeaway and delivery

Have an oishii meal at home

By Fabian Loo
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While we can’t travel to Japan (or anywhere else, really) to catch sights of the cherry blossoms while tucking into a bento box, we can still take our tastebuds on a journey to J-town. From fresh cuts of seafood to warm bowls of ramen, these restaurants bring a taste of Japan to your doorstep with takeout and delivery options.

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Tanuki Raw
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Tanuki Raw

Restaurants Japanese Orchard

The tanuki (raccoon dog) is a mischievous animal in Japanese folklore, and the people at Tanuki Raw have distilled the creature’s playful spirit into its modern rice bowls. It’s best known for the truffle yakiniki don ($19) which comes with pan-seared black Angus short rib and onsen egg, drizzled with truffle soy sauce. Other hearty creations on the menu include the garlic butter chicken ($17.90) bowl where pan-fried chicken cutlet comes coated with garlic brown butter teriyaki sauce, or the over-the-top ‘futo’ sushi – a modern spin on the usual nigiri that comes crowned with aburi-style char siew miso salmon ($8.90) or tempura crab with chilli cheese ($8.90). 

Minimum order None
Delivery fee $9, free for orders above $80
Order here tanukiraw.com/delivery

Matchaya
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Matchaya

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours City Hall

If you’re mad about matcha, this tea house stocks a range of sweet treats that’ll help you get through this ‘circuit breaker’ period. Bite into some matcha-stuffed cookie ($10.80) or snack on its warabi mochi ($9.90) as you sip on bottled versions of cold whisked matcha milk ($7) and hojicha ($7). If you’re a savouries-before-desserts kind of person, Matchaya also has hearty mains of dashi chicken stew ($14.90), tempura raw curry ($16.90), tempura fish and chips ($16.90), and more. It also has a promotion where the purchase of any three mains will get you another one free.

Minimum order Varies
Delivery fee Varies from location
Order here 9837 3187, or via the PickUpp app

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Fat Cow
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Fat Cow

Restaurants Japanese Orchard

At Fat Cow, you’ll find choice cuts of beef prepped in various ways to feed your meat-fuelled cravings. There’s the Fat Cow Donburi ($48), which comes with char-grilled wagyu and onsen egg, served atop seasoned rice perfumed with truffle oil, and the Fat Cow Wagyu Sandwich where A4 Miyazaki wagyu is sandwiched between slices of toasted brioche. But for true indulgence, sample the premium donburi – topped with your choice of dry-aged A5 Nagasaki wagyu steak ($138) or A4 Miyazaki wagyu steak ($128) – and further lavished with caviar, ikura, and foie gras. 

Minimum order None 
Delivery fee $15, free for orders above $80 
Order here delivery.fatcow.com.sg/en_SG

The Flying Squirrel
Photograph: The Flying Squirrel/ Facebook

The Flying Squirrel

Restaurants Japanese Tanjong Pagar

You don’t need to seek out this hole-in-the-wall sushi bar to tuck into its Japanese-inspired menu. With its delivery services, you can choose from an assortment of sashimi and freshly made maki from the sushi bar, or opt for the restaurant’s more interesting creations that include its seaweed shell tacos topped with tuna and avocado ($14) or crab ($15), and sharing plates of truffled hamachi carpaccio ($26) and spicy salmon bruschetta ($15). Mains are equally extensive, too. While you can stick with the usual dishes of kurobuta curry ($28) and unagi don ($29), or switch things up with unusual flavours that come in the form of garlic butter clam udon ($23) and foie gras aglio olio ($32). 

Minimum order None
Delivery fee Varies according to your location 
Order here www.theflyingsquirrel.com.sg/online-ordering

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Live Twice
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Live Twice

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Outram

Here’s some good news for sando fans, Live Twice’s famed sandwiches are available for delivery and takeaway. You’ll find the highly raved beef katsu sando ($36), which comes slathered in tonkatsu sauce and Japanese mayonnaise on the menu, along with the pork katsu ($34) and ebi and corn variant ($25). But what’s even better is that you can wash your sando down with cocktails from Live Twice, Jigger and Pony, or Gibson – its online website lets you order across the various establishments under the Jigger and Pony Group and ship them out as a single order. 

Minimum order None
Delivery fee $15, free for orders above $150
Order here humpback.sg

Kabuke
Photograph: Kabuke

Kabuke

Bars and pubs Tanjong Pagar

Sake bar Kabuke does more than just rice wine delivery. Its take-out menu features rice bowls that come topped with ingredients of grass-fed striploin ($15), minced Kurobuta pork ($16), and even snow crab legs with sea urchin ($48). There’s also an ultimate Guilty Pleasure Bowl ($88) crowned with prized ingredients: wagyu, sea urchin, foie gras, ikura, onsen egg, and a drizzle of truffle shoyu. If its small plates you’re after to chase down the sake, highlights include the camembert potato mochi ($10), spicy negitoro toast ($10), unagi tempura ($18), and Iberico pork spam fries ($16). 

Minimum order $35 
Delivery fee $10, free for orders above $90 
Order here Send a WhatsApp text to 8822 5525, or browse the menu on its website

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Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta
Photograph: Tsuta

Tsuta

Restaurants Japanese Habourfront

Slurp up some award-winning ramen from the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen chain, Tsuta. The ramen comes in choices of four soup bases: the signature shoyu ($17.20) laced with black truffle sauce; shio ($17.20), which blends dashi stock with a mixture of Okinawa sea salt and Mongolian rock salt; miso ($18.20) that's dressed in porcini mushroom oil; and tonkotsu ($14), made by boiling black pork bone and trotters. Other flavourful variants include the mala tonkotsu ($15) and burnt garlic oil ($15). From now till May 1, the ramen joint will also be running a one-for-one promotion on its ramen. 

Minimum order None 
Delivery fee $10, free for orders above $60
Order here https://order.tsuta.com/#/

Takayama
Photograph: Takayama/ Facebook

Takayama

Restaurants Jamaican City Hall

Chef Taro Takayama has worked in the kitchens of Mandarin Orchard Singapore, and has prepped meals for people that include the now Emperor of Japan Naruhito and the country’s prime minister Shinzo Abe. Now, you can sample his refined creations – not at his Kappo-style restaurant in Downtown Gallery – but in the comforts of your home. The menu, which is mostly made up of bento sets, come with a bed of steamed Koshihikari rice, dressed up with sides of grilled Saikyo miso black cod ($33), A5 Kagoshima wagyu ribeye with Japanese curry ($53), and stewed Kagoshima kurobuta pork belly ($45). 

Minimum order $50
Delivery fee $5
Order here takayama.oddle.me/en_SG

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Kajiken mazesoba
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Kajiken

Restaurants Ramen Tanjong Pagar

Given the immensely warm weather, slurping down piping hot soup is probably the last thing you want for lunch. Trade the broth for Kajiken’s dry-style mazesoba instead, where ramen noodles come mixed with sauce, oil, vinegar, and various toppings. It comes plains ($13.70), or dressed up with options of karaage ($16.91), char siew ($16.91), and cod roe ($17.44). To ensure maximum freshness, order its DIY kits to prep the meal in your own kitchen. The ready-to-cook kits range from mazesoba ($10.90) to frozen homemade gyoza ($12.84). 

Minimum order Varies 
Delivery fee Varies according to your location
Order here Island-wide delivery via GrabFood

Take-away only

Kyuu by Shunsui
Photograph: Kyuu by Shunsui

Restaurants at Cuppage Plaza

Cuppage Plaza might have a sleazy reputation, but it's also home to a handful of authentic Japanese eateries. During this period, a handful of them came together to introduce JPdrivethru, an initiative that allows you to order across multiple eateries – including some juicy gyoza ($5) and fried rice ($6) from Gyoza No Osho, bento boxes from Tamaya Dining (from $16), and an ‘overflowing’ ikura rice bowl for two ($84) from Kyuu by Shunsui. Place your orders and check it out in a single receipt, and head to the drive-thru pick-up point to collect your order. 

Order here jpdrivethru.com

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