Vivid memories of eagerly walking to the nearest FamilyMart in Kyoto to grab some supper to placate my rumbling tummy still fill me with much delight. Rows and rows of tantalising food calling out to me; exquisite Bento Sets, Cha Soba with pickles, Onigiris filled with Mentaiko, steaming hot Oden and more. Yes, all these throughout the night when pretty much everything else is closed.
In Singapore, we do not have FamilyMart and Lawson. So, where can you go for a late night Japanese food fix? Night Owls, we hear you! Let us show you the where to satisfy your Japanese cravings after midnight! Your tummy can thank us later.
The most obvious place would be Cuppage Plaza of course! With many Japanese eateries and Izakayas dotting the mall, Cuppage Plaza, also affectionately known as Little Tokyo, boasts a predominantly Japanese clientele and offers authentic Japanese fare.
Gyoza no Ohsho
Located strategically near the back door facing the rows of bars at Cuppage Terrace, this unassuming eatery serves up some real tasty old Japanese-style Chinese food such as pan-fried Gyoza, Tamago Ramen and Chahan (fried rice). This is a popular place to pop by after drinks, even for the Japanese, because late night diners get to enjoy comfort food at reasonable prices.
Address: 5 Koek Road #01-10, Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Mon to Sat: 1130am – 230am
Sun: 12pm – 12mn
Helmed by Executive Chef Tomo Watanabe, this fine-dining restaurant serves Kyoto-style Kappo cuisine in an intimate setting. Each meal is created and executed by Chef Watanabe himself, using five primary cooking techniques: grilling, steaming, frying, simmering and raw preparation. This is the perfect place for busy executives who would like to indulge after a long work day or those who are seeking a decadent Omakase supper.
Address: 5 Koek Road #04-02 Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Tue to Sun: 6pm – 1am
Keria Japanese Restaurant
Tucked away in the basement of Cuppage is Keria, a hidden gem amongst the chaos of the racy KTV bars. Do not be fooled by its laidback modest exterior, your taste buds are in for a mouthwatering treat with an array of authentic Japanese food such as Sashimi, Tempura, delicate stir-fried seasonal dishes and more. Pair the yummy food with some Sake at this friendly Izakaya-style restaurant for a truly enjoyable experience.
Address: 5 Koek Road # B1-28, Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Mon to Sat: 6pm – 1am
Sun: 6pm – 1030pm
Originally introduced to Japan by China migrants, Ramen is the perfect comfort food with its familiar, satisfying soup base and springy noodles. Here are some Ramen places that open really late so that you can slurp up this noodly-goodness at ungodly hours.
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King and Kani King
Opened by celebrity chef Keisuke Takeda, these two Ramen shops are ubiquitous of rich flavourful broths and generous high-quality ingredients.
Lobster King, being strategically located in the heart of Clarke Quay, is a favourite supper haunt for party-goers. A steaming hot bowl of delightfully springy Ramen swimming in rich savoury lobster broth is probably the best way to warm diners up after a long night of drinking.
Kani King caters to diners who are in town and makes a really good pick-me-up after a day of hardcore shopping or a late night weekend movie. Using imported swimming crabs and chicken bones which are then simmered for hours, the unique creamy seafood soup base is a hit among Ramen lovers. To make things even better, both outlets offer free flow hard-boiled eggs and marinated bean sprouts!
Ramen Keisuke Kani King
Address: 8 Grange Road, #01-03 Cathay Cineleisure, Orchard Singapore 239695
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 3pm / 5pm – 10pm
Fri to Sat: 12pm – 2am
Sun: 12pm – 10pm
The Ramen Stall
This casual Japanese eatery is the Only Halal Ramen joint that opens till 6am! The chicken-based ramen broth here is milder and less oily, great for those who prefer something less sinful in the wee hours. Other delicious items on their menu include Chirashi Dons, freshly grilled Yakitori skewers and Sushi. Conveniently situated within the Singapore Arts District, this place is an ideal and affordable place to satiate your late night hunger pangs indeed.
Address: 787 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198755
Mon to Fri: 5pm – 6am
Sat: 12pm – 5am
Sun: 12pm – 12mn
OTHER TYPES OF JAPANESE FOOD
The Skewer Bar
Nestled within the bustle of Geylang, this popular eatery is famous for its Yakitori, grilled seafood and grilled veggies. Yes everything here is grilled. The food here is an adaptation of traditional Japanese Yakitori and some dishes are served with homemade chilli sauce to suit local tastes. Usually packed and hot during dinner time, this busy eatery is in fact a good idea for supper. As a bonus, wash the food down with a refreshing mug of Japanese beer!
Address: 489 Geylang Road, Lorong 27, Singapore 389448
Sun to Thurs: 630pm – 130am
Fri to Sat: 630pm – 230am
This tiny but cosy Izakaya is mostly crowded with regulars, both Japanese and locals, who crave authentic Yakitori and some good old hospitality late at night. There is normally quite a ruckus here on weekends because nothing beats having some Sake with smoky grilled-to-perfection Yakitori and other delectable Japanese small bites. Expect a great night out here with friends and colleagues!
Address: 100 Orchard Road, Hotel Concorde, #02-37, Singapore 238840
Mon to Sat: 630pm – 2am
If these late night Japanese food spots are not to your convenience, a great alternative is to hit the nearest 7-11 for their signature Onigiris! Salmon Tartar, Mentaiko, Unagi and even Nasi Lemak Onigiri – they have a myriad of flavours to suit whatever takes your fancy. Grab a bottle of Green Tea to go along and you can almost feel that you are in Japan’s convenience store itself.
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