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?
Comfortable dining experience. Food was excellent and totally worth the money. Service staff was attentive and provided personal recommendations. Had a little trouble finding the place as parking in that area is difficult.
Cozy restaurant with great service. Food was wonderful and high quality. Ordered the negitoro don with ikura and cured egg, cold somen, avocado roll. Will be back again to this hidden find.
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Cosy, clean & attentive friendly staff. Sashimi Bar, chef pleasant & interactive w/ customer
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.
Service was great! Specified that I was celebrating a birthday and they reserved a sofa seat for 2 of us and even gave us a complimentary birthday cake (ice cream). Food was good. Even the rice itself tasted delicious! Ambience wise, it was a little noisy due to other patrons. However, it was pretty cosy and still a good place to dine at :)
The clover maki (with foie gras) was delicious. So is the grilled stingray (though a tad too little). However, their sashimi don (I had salmon and tuna, and my Friend has salmon) are not fantastic. The slices are too thin. The wasabi toro didn’t have enough wasabi taste as well (I thought this won’t go wrong and I have tasted better ones elsewhere). Their egg roll was so salty that we had to get them to redo it. We suspected that they have put the seasoning wrongly (although they apologised with a complimentary salmon sashimi). Overall, a little disappointed with their food.