Best Beef Donburis in Singapore
2015-08-05
best beef donburi singapore
Over the past year, we have come to notice an increasing number of Japanese restaurants including Wagyu Beef Bowls on their menu. What used to be a scarce import from Japan has suddenly flooded the market. For those who have had a hard time catching up, here’s a consolidated list of 10 best Japanese Beef Bowls you can find in Singapore. Read on to find the perfect beef bowl that will leave you satisfied regardless of your budget! We’ve included a whole spectrum ranging from cheap yakiniku dons you can get for less than $20 to pricier options with beef flown in specially from Japan.

1. Wafuken

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Wafuken is a new kiosk located at Asia Square food court serving healthy brown rice bowls topped with proteins cooked using the sous-vide method. For the uninitiated, this means that the meats are first cooked in a sealed vacuum pack in a low heat water bath. This ensures that the meats are juicy and perfectly cooked each time. Choose between their regular Beef Don ($14.90) topped with sous-vide sirloin steak from the award-winning Beef City Feedlot in Southern Queensland or their Truffle Wagyu Don ($24.90) made with sous-vide Kobe wagyu rump sprinkled with truffle salt and black truffle oil. Wafuken, Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View #02-05, Singapore 018961 (Image: Wafuken Facebook Page)

2. Sushi Jin

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The latest addition to Les Amis’ stellar restaurant lineup is Sushi Jin, a premium Japanese restaurant boasting pocket friendly prices. Helmed by Head Chef Raymond Tan, who has worked in the kitchens of Fat Cow and Kinki, you can expect first-rate Japanese cuisine each visit. The Wagyu Don is priced at $35, a steal for the amount of pan seared wagyu beef you get in your bowl. The dish is finished with an onsen egg as well as a sprinkle of truffle soy sauce to tie everything together. Sushi Jin, One Farrer Hotel and Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road #01-11/12 (Image: Sushi Jin)

3. DSTLLRY

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Part bar, part art gallery and part Japanese restaurant that even serves omakase, DSTLLRY is one of the most intriguing new restaurants in the Singapore food scene. Conceived by award-winning composer and photographer, you can expect and eclectic mix of sights and sounds when you visit. During lunch, they offer a Wagyu Ribeye Don ($38) made with Miyazaki A4 beef, onsen tamago and ikura for that added burst of salty goodness. Each lunch set also comes with a side dish, soup and ice green tea. DSTLLRY, Infinite Studios, 21 Media Circle #01-01, Singapore 138562 (Image: DSTLLRY Facebook Page)

4. Tanuki Raw

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Not sure where to head for lunch in town? Why not give Tanuki Raw a go. Prices start from just $12 but the real star of their lunch menu is the Truffle Yakiniku Don ($14.80). Made using pan seared Black Angus short rib; we especially enjoy this hearty meal because of the copious amount of furikake mixed into the rice. Tanuki Raw, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #02-03, Singapore 238896 (Image: Peh Yi Wen)

5. Kinsa Sushi

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You might have seen Kinsa Sushi's Wagyu Don ($24.80) flood your Instagram feeds recently after receiving rave reviews from popular food bloggers. Not only is their beef oh so tender, we also enjoy the charred flavor that cuts through the sweetness of the teriyaki sauce. Be warned that their onsen egg is served cold, our only gripe with this otherwise perfect beef bowl. If you’re on a budget, Kinsa Sushi also has a Gyu Don for $13.80. Kinsa Sushi, Hill V2, 4 Hillview Rise #02-02, Singapore 667979 (Image: Instagram user @biteclubsg)

6. Izy

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Izy is no traditional Japanese Izakaya. Helmed by Chef Kazumasa Yazawa, who had stints cooking in the kitchens of Waku Ghin and Tatsuya, he’s bringing food that would normally cost you half your salary to the masses. Their Wagyu Bowl ($40) is topped with actual truffle shavings, setting it apart from the other truffle beef bowls on this list. The wagyu is cooked in using a Josper grill, which is supposed to produce a higher quality grill due to its ability to sustain higher heat while not drying the meat out. Izy, 27 Club Street, Singapore 069413 (Image: Instagram user @duwisatrio)

7. Fat Cow

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Fat Cow is Singapore’s leading Japanese Steakhouse serving premium meats like Grade A4 Ribeye from Japan’s Ohmi Prefecture. For those of us on a tighter budget, Fat Cow’s set lunch menu is a great place to test out what they have to offer. We recommend The Fat Cow Donburi ($39), a rice bowl topped with charcoal-grilled wagyu beef and an onsen egg. They also have a Fat Foa-Gura Don ($43) featuring glazed foie gras and grilled wagyu beef over rice. Fat Cow, Camden Medical Center, 1 Orchard Boulevard #01-01/02, Singapore 248649 (Image: Fat Cow Facebook Page)

8. The Sushi Bar

the sushi bar
The Sushi Bar's new outlet at Ngee Ann City features not only a brand new space, but also spanking new menu additions including this Wagyu Don for $34.90. The quickly seared, revealing a rare centre that just melts in your mouth as you chew. Our favourite thing about this beef bowl is the addition of the fried garlic chips and fresh strips of spring onions you can use to garnish each spoonful of beef and rice as it takes away from the monotony of the sweet teriyaki sauce. The Sushi Bar, Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road #05-34/35, Singapore 238872 (Image: Instagram user @biteclubsg)

9. Tamashii Robataya

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Indulge in an afternoon treat with this executive set lunch at Tamashii Robataya. For $48, you get a salad topped with different types of fresh sashimi including scallop and tuna. The main highlight is the Saga Beef Rice Bowl, served with onsen egg and truffle oil. While not as famous at Kobe beef, Saga prefecture is now one of the top 5 producers of wagyu in Japan, producing high-quality meat with ultra-fine marbling. The set meal also comes with Tonjiru Miso Soup and Dessert. Tamashii Robataya, 12 North Canal Road #02-01, Singapore 048825 (Image: OpenRice user gninethree)

10. Chotto Matte

chotto matte
Wait for a moment and rest away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD at Chotto Matte, a casual Japanese eatery along Blair Road. They have a variety of different rice bowls that feature beef, but the one we would recommend is their Wagyu Foagura Fried Rice ($18). While we wish there were more wagyu and foie gras, we really can’t complain because the dish is well worth the price. The creaminess of the foie gras and the heartiness of the beef mixed together with the 'eggy and garlicky' rice make for a satisfyingly sinful combination. Chotto Matte, 54 Blair Road, Singapore 089954 (Image: Chotto Matte Facebook Page)
Written by Nicole Marie Ng
Keyword
Beef Donburi
Japanese Bowl
Wagyu
Nicole Marie Ng
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