Think of teppanyaki like dinner with a show. It’s a style of Japanese BBQ that incorporates a lively performance by the chef. Often teppanyaki restaurants are set up with communal tables around a grill so that diners can be awed by the chef’s artful cooking techniques. Head to these restaurants in Singapore when you’re craving an artful, meaty dinner.
Restaurant, Japanese, Spanish
Teppan Bar Q is helmed by Japanese chef Kyota Ishida for half the year and Singaporean chef Eric Neo—who trained in Japanese teppanyaki restaurants for over two decades—for the other six months of the year. Along with the standard traditional teppanyaki fare like grilled ribeye steak, Teppan Bar Q also has a “Teppan Tapas” menu, with a list of Spanish/Japanese fusion plates such as the Galician Octopus, a take on the traditional Spanish dish, pulpo á feira, where the potatoes have been replaced by Japanese oden, a dish of stewed fishcakes, daikon, and eggs. At about $80 per person, Teppan Bar Q comfortably occupies the midrange of teppanyaki restaurants in Singapore.
Located in the Goodwood Park Hotel near Orchard, Shima was the first fine dining teppanyaki restaurants to open in Singapore. Over the past three decades, they have built a reputation as one of the best teppanyaki restaurants on the island, serving perfectly grilled meats and seafood and impeccably fresh air-flown oysters and sashimi. Guests at the restaurant have included the Singapore elite, international celebrities, and members of royalty. Like many hotel restaurants in Singapore, the lunch service comes in at a fraction of the cost as compared to dinner. Shima offers a Teppanyaki Buffet Lunch, priced from $49.90, which includes a selection of sashimi and tempura. For dinner, there are both sets and an a la carte menu, which will cost about $150 per person.
Mikuni, located inside the Fairmont Singapore, has a unique multi-concept dining space with three live stations simultaneously serving up teppanyaki, sushi, and robatayaki dishes. The restaurant’s intimate setting allow diners to fully appreciate the theatrical humor carefully blended with traditional Japanese cooking methods. For lunch, look to spend between $80-$100 per person and there are two set dinner options, at $178 or $230 per person.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
Tatsu’s first opened at CHIJMES, the only teppanyaki restaurant in Singapore with multiple chefs serving to a long counter. With the multi-chef setup, the entertainment style at Tatsu is different from other teppanyaki restaurants in the region. While dining at Tatsu, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the sushi restaurants in Tsukiji because their display counters use the same traditional methods of maintaining the freshness of the fish. This freshness is ensured by all raw fish being air-flown from Japan four times a week.
Hide Yayamoto is named for the fdistinguished Japanese chef and 2010 Grand Chef and Proprietor Global Award Recipient. A meal here is certainly a splurge, with lunches starting at $80 per person and dinners going as much as $398 per person, but the menu backs up the costs with exotic and luxurious dishes like black truffle egg flan with fresh sea urchin WAFU salad and snow crab, and abalone steak and Japanese WAGYU chateaubriand. There is also an a la carte menu. Be sure to end the night with a visit up to the spectacular bar on top of Marina Bay Sands.
Restaurant, Japanese, Seafood
Keyaki, located on the fourth floor of the Pan Pacific level, adds an outdoor element to Japanese dining, as the restaurant is surrounded by an immaculately sculpted Japanese garden with an accompanying koi pond. Diners may momentarily forget about their beautiful surroundings when the chefs start their performance of twirling pepper shakers and knives, and even incorporating fireballs into the routine. For a full experience, try the Hoshi Set at $180 per person, featuring WAGYU beef sirloin, a selection of seafood, and more.
Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant
For a slight variation on teppanyaki, try Ajiya Okonomiyaki Restaurant, serving up DIY Osaka-style okonomiyaki. At Ajiya, diners sit around the teppan and select the ingredients that they want in their okonomiyaki. The restaurant offers ingredients including veggies, seafood, meat, and even cheese. Once diners have selected their own ingredients, they can choose whether to try their hand at flipping their own okonomiyaki or ask a server to do it for them. Don’t be deterred by the restaurant’s location, which is far from the downtown area. Jump on the recently extended Downtown Line, and you’ll be at nearby Beauty World MRT in about 20 minutes. Priced under $20, this affordable Japanese fare makes the trip more than worthwhile!