Bugis might not be the obvious place to grab a spot of sushi, but bear with us. Amid the mosques, curry houses and assorted Indian influences that abound between Nicoll Highway and Kallang Road, you can find Fukusen Japanese Restaurant, ensconced in the Hotel Clover on Jin Sultan. Their take on the cuisine of the Land of the Rising Sun is exquisite and indulgent: take on one of their 5, 7 or 8 course options as laid out by cousins and chefs Liow Wei Siong and Liow Wei Kim, packed with Japanese specialities laid out in a Singapore style, such as spinach scallop carpaccio and wagyu tata aburi, grilled beef with egg yolk. Book a table now – they do get busy so we heavily recommend it – and take the MRT out to Nicholl Highway for a superlative meal.
Perhaps not always recognised in Singapore is that high quality food can also be surprisingly affordable. What’s more, this type of food is often found in the areas of Singapore you might not necessarily expect, but, amid the mosques, curry houses and assorted Indian influences that abound between Nicoll Highway and Kallang Road, Fukusen Japanese Restaurant is one to behold. Set inside in Hotel Clover on Jin Sultan, here you’ll find a superb range of Japanese dishes that are affordable whilst still making use of premium produce flown in twice weekly from Japan all the way to Bugis.
Fukusen Japanese Restaurant focuses on bento and rice bowl sets for lunch and then Omakase dining – Omakase being a Japanese phrase that means ‘I’ll leave it up to you’ – in the evening. Everything is fresh and everything is beautifully presented, just like the dining space itself, which may explain why this Bugis restaurant is so popular among Japanese food lovers that aren’t even staying at the hotel. People of Singapore, what are you waiting for?
Sashimi is one of the freshest in Singapore, and you really should try their carpaccios! Unfortunately, their tempura is probably a hit and miss though their Inaniwa Udon is decent.
Great food and nice staff. The hotate foie gras don is my favorite. Even though they had no uni because of the typhoon in japan, they made up for it with extra ingredients.
Alyhough was the 2nd time we were here. The waitress actually recognized us. Good food and ambience. Food was awesome.
Had immersed myself in the sumptuous 7-course Omakase dinner. Chef is very engaging throughout the dinner sharing his in-depth knowledge of Japanese food & culture. Wonderful job in the selection of the freshest ingredients & bringing out the full favour of each dish.
Had dinner at Fukusen last night. Located inside Clover Hotel along Jalan Sultan Road (turn right after entering the hotel) it had a nice warm and cozy atmosphere. The service was great and so was the food. For starters we had the spinach salmon carpaccio which was simply delicious followed by a mixed platter of fresh and succulent sashimi. The two of us also shared the mixed tempura and their specialty Clover maki roll. The tempura was really good and comparable to those that we had in Japan. The maki was good too but I personally didn't quite like the teriyaki sauce on the plate as some of it was absorbed by the maki. Price wise it was slightly above the average Japanese restaurants range but food wise it was definitely much better than most, even the so called "higher" end ones! We love the food, ambiance and service and will definitely be back.
A meal at Fukusen is one of indulgence. The salmon belly sashimi was smooth and fresh. The uni bowl was sublime and fresh. Per the chef, the uni shipment comes every wed, fri and sat. To top things up, the chef was friendly and even gave us a complimentary dish on the house, a salmon carpaccio dressed with roe, a spinach dressing and white truffle oil. The taste of white truffle oil was more delicate than its black counterpart. Definitely an enjoyable experience but the ending was abit of a let down. We were politely “chased out” because during peak hours, each seating was limited to a maximum of 1hr 30mins. This could have been better managed by the restaurant informing the customers beforehand either during reservation or at the start of the meal.
Had the chirashi don and it was really good, especially the single piece of hotate included was really oishi. Definitely worth the value paid. Pity didn't manage to try the uni don that people raved about as uni was not available. It took a couple of minutes to find the restaurant though, but it is right inside Hotel Clover's entrance from Jalan Sultan. No clear sign outside the door which made it really hard to find. Would come again!
Service was good, chef was friendly, food was fresh and good value. We sat at the bar so we could see the chef in action, that's always good fun to me. We had the uni rice bowl which had a good amount of uni topped with an egg yolk marinated in soy. Mix the both together with the rice, rich and flavourful. The Fukusen Chirashi was well portioned and the ingredients were fresh. Was a lovely Tuesday night. Will be back to try their omakase meal. If i had to be fussy, there's a distinct sound emitted from the kitchen which bothered me slightly, but by the time the food came, I was a happy camper.
The quality of the food was awesome - we tried the sashimi (5 types) which was fresh. The tendon was tasty (portion a little small IMO), as was the tori karaage and garlic fried rice. The service was great too! One of the wait staff noticed the table was shaky and rectified it by stuffing a piece of paper underneath, even though we didn't say anything. They were super patient with our boisterous group of the 8 of us. A return visit is definitely needed!
I had eaten in this restaurant 2 years ago and really loved it. However, this time I was quite disappointed by the quality of food. The fish tasted thawed with little flavour and the cream cheese in one dish tasted old or rancid. The unique dishes were missing. It seemed like corners were cut. This is no surprise as most places need to do this to survive the astronomical rent to make ends meet. However, the atmosphere is lovely and cosy with excellent service. Perhaps people don't notice the difference since most of the patrons were on their phones throughout their meal.