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Singapore is inundated with options for Japanese cuisine, especially since we’re such big fans of sushi, ramen, and udon. Chirashi has become a popular staple in the past few years, and many know the dish as a rice bowl that comes topped with an assortment of raw fish and seafood.

Chirashi don can be traced back to Tokyo (formerly Edo) during the Meiji Period, (1868-1912) where the city’s proximity to Tokyo Bay resulted in widespread availability to fresh fish and seafood. Today, the dish is most typically served with salmon, tuna, prawns, tamago (sweet egg omelette) and is garnished with nori (seaweed) and ginger slices.

More luxurious versions tend to feature premium ingredients such as scallop, yellowtail, swordfish, ikura (salmon roe), and varying cuts of toro (fatty tuna). Whether you’re looking for a humble rice bowl or a more indulgent offering, read on for our guide to the best chirashi bowls in Singapore.

This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

(Main and featured image: The Sushi Bar)

Singapore is inundated with options for Japanese cuisine, especially since we’re such big fans of sushi, ramen, and udon. Chirashi has become a popular staple in the past few years, and many know the dish as a rice bowl that comes topped with an assortment of raw fish and seafood.

Chirashi don can be traced back to Tokyo (formerly Edo) during the Meiji Period, (1868-1912) where the city’s proximity to Tokyo Bay resulted in widespread availability to fresh fish and seafood. Today, the dish is most typically served with salmon, tuna, prawns, tamago (sweet egg omelette) and is garnished with nori (seaweed) and ginger slices.

More luxurious versions tend to feature premium ingredients such as scallop, yellowtail, swordfish, ikura (salmon roe), and varying cuts of toro (fatty tuna). Whether you’re looking for a humble rice bowl or a more indulgent offering, read on for our guide to the best chirashi bowls in Singapore.

This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

(Main and featured image: The Sushi Bar)

1
Sushi Mitsuya

Sushi Mitsuya is helmed by Ryosuke Harada, who was previously Sous Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Sushi Sora. An elegant hinoki wood (Japanese cypress) counter spans the length of the restaurant, where diners can tuck into the Bara Chirashi set (S$50). It’s served with scallop, anago (sea eel), and akami (lean tuna), and you can opt for an additional serving of Hokkai uni ($30) to add a briny richness to the dish.

Address
60 Tras Street, #01-01, Singapore 078999
Phone
+65 6438 2608
Website
2
Chikuwa Tei

Chikuwa Tei’s set dinner offers their signature Chirashi Kou (S$35). The dish is served with thick, glistening slices of salmon, chutoro (medium fatty tuna), scallop, kanpachi (greater amberjack), and unagi. Juicy home-made tamago and a generous portion of ikura from the famous Tsukiji market make welcome additions to the dish.

(Image: Chikuwatei/Miss Tam Chiak)

Address
9 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238959
Phone
+65 6738 9395
Website
3
Tatsuya

Tatsuya is a stalwart of the Japanese fine dining scene in Singapore. The restaurant is renowned for its sushi that’s prepared with fresh fish from the iconic Tsukiji market in Tokyo. The Bara Chirashi (S$35.90) features cubes of succulent salmon, tuna, and assorted white fish. If you’re a fan of seared fish, opt for the the Aburi Chirashi (market price), which is lauded as one of the best in Singapore. We’ve heard the fish slices are charred to perfection, and that the rice bowl even comes with ample servings of uni and ikura.

Address
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Phone
+65 6887 4598
4
Jin Fine Dining

Chirashi enthusiasts will rejoice at the number of rice bowls on offer at Jin Fine Dining. Diners can pick from 10 options, spanning the classic Bara Chirashi (S$30) that comes with raw fish cubes and avocado; the more contemporary Kanpachi (amberjack) Truffle Chirashi (S$38). Generous portions of tuna belly, salmon belly, amberjack, snapper, ikura (Salmon roe), and botan prawns sit atop the Premium Chirashi.

Address
76 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 048464
Phone
+65 6536 6258
Website
5
Teppei Japanese Restaurant

Many have heard of Teppei — thanks to its multiple takeaway joints– but did you know the original restaurant is located in Orchid Hotel? Teppei is known amongst sushi enthusiasts for its omakase as well as affordable rice bowls. Long queues are a common sight outside the premise. If you do manage to grab a seat here, go for the affordable Kaisendon (another name for Chirashi), which comes topped with chunks of salmon, tuna, and swordfish and a sprinkling of ikura (salmon roe).

(Image: Alvin Teo/8 Days)

Address
1 Tras Link, 01-18 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867
Phone
+65 8831 5185
6
Sen of Japan

Sen of Japan offers modern Japanese cuisine alongside striking views of the Singapore skyline. The menu was designed by Chef Nakano Hiromi, who helmed Nobu at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Swing by for lunch for the classic Bara Chirashi don that’s served with cubes of salmon, tuna, white fish, and octopus. Otherwise, make an occasion out of coming for the Premium Chirashi Don (S$79) at dinner — we heard it comes with premium ingredients such as otoro (tuna belly) and uni (sea urchin).

Address
#01-86 Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Phone
+65 6688 7426
Website
7
Aoki Sushi

Aoki Sushi was founded in 2003 as a joint venture between Chef Kunio Aoki and the Les Amis Group. This fine dining restaurant offers a selection of premium Chirashi. The lunch menu is significantly more affordable, with the Mazechirashi priced at (S$42). If you’re going all out, opt for the Chirashi Sushi Tokusen (S$95), which promises slices of exceptional grade sashimi.

(Image: Aoki Sushi/Straits Times)

Address
1 Scotts Road, #01-19, Singapore 228208
Phone
+65 6333 8015
Website
8
Kuro Maguro

Kuro Maguro boasts the freshest tuna in town as it imports seafood from the Misaki Port in Kinagawa. The menu spans a variety of rice bowls, ranging from the classic Bara Chirashi (S$18.90) to the premium Hokkai Meshi (S$35.80). The latter is packed with slices of salmon, maguro, squid, scallop, botan ebi, and tamago. Sashimi aficionados will be pleased to tuck into the decadent Toro Uni Meshi(S$35.90), which features slices of marbled maguro alongside dollops of uni and ikura.

Address
7 Wallich Street, #01-04, Singapore 078884
Phone
+65 6386 8561
Website
9
The Sushi Bar

The Sushi Bar is arguably the pioneer of affordable chirashi that doesn’t skimp on quality. The laid-back Japanese restaurant is well known for thick cuts and solid assortment for sashimi. Diners can choose from the Kaisen Chirashi Don (S$22.90/S$26.90) or the Aburi Kaisen Chirashi Don (S$26.90). Both bowls boast an ample selection of fish, including salmon, tuna, swordfish, scallop and ikura (salmon roe).

Address
391B Orchard Rd, #05-34/35 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874
Phone
+65 8818 3535
Website
10
Shiraishi

Shiraishi has been serving up authentic Edomae (traditional Edo-style) sushi in Singapore for over a decade. The restaurant prides itself in using only the freshest fish from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market. The classic Bara-Chirashi set (S$45) features cubes of succulent, raw fish over a bed of rice and includes the clear soup of the day, and dessert.

(Image: Shiraishi/The Food Chapter)

Address
7 Raffles Avenue, #03-01/02 The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, Singapore 039799
Phone
+65 6338 3788
Website