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5.1 /6 Excellent 62 Reviews

ShuKuu Japanese Izakaya & Sake Bar

Telok Ayer Japanese, Izakaya $$$ +100
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About ShuKuu Japanese Izakaya & Sake Bar

Bringing the feel of a traditional Japanese izakaya to Singapore, ShuKuu Izakaya on the buzzing Stanley Street offers bar food unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Utilising the best Japanese ingredients, including a special type of rice that’s flown in directly from Hokkaido, the Telok Ayer restaurant pays close attention to what’s in each of its recipes, all the while using traditional cooking techniques. The atmosphere at ShuKuu Izakaya is stunning, and will make you feel as if you’ve just landed in Japan. Best of all, the prices at this amazing restaurant are incredibly reasonable. So what are you waiting for? Book a table now.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 14:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday Closed
ShuKuu Japanese Izakaya & Sake Bar, Stanley St 8, 068727 Singapore

Further Information

Telok Ayer is chock full of restaurants and bars worth a visit for lunch or an after-work hangout, and if the idea of ambrosial food and drinks in a traditional Japanese setting sounds right up your alley, you’ll want to check out ShuKuu Izakaya on Stanley Street. Founded by four young Japanophiles with the intention of recreating the ambience of Japanese izakayas in the heart of Singapore, the menu here is bold, creative and expressive with deep roots in Japanese flavours and a hint of Western influences.

Drop by ShuKuu Izakaya to enjoy flavourful options like the gyu don, a Japanese beef bowl, or the oden soba, a dashi-based soup with Japanese fish cake, daikon, eggs, soba noodles and plenty of vegetables. An assortment of baked, grilled and deep-fried side dishes complete the experience – try the crispy baked parmesan chizu chips and any of the charcoal skewers – which we highly recommend washing down with sake since this is, after all, one of Singapore’s top sake bars. The secret’s out about Shukuu Izakaya, so book ahead of time to secure a table at this Telok Ayer hotspot.


62 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 62 Reviews
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Noise: average
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1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 14:14

Awesome Izakaya and value for money. For starters, the guy ponzu was refreshing for the palate. Will recommend the mackerel and Grilled squid paired with the Sapporo draft.

5 reviews so far 6
10.06.2017 14:54

Excellent food and sake. We love the service provided in helping us select the sake. Our friends whom we invited were happy to be know of this yakitori joint

2 reviews so far 6
07.06.2017 09:26

Food is always good here, and it's a vibrant yet cosy atmosphere. Come for both lunch and dinner, as the menus are different. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2017 09:45

Excellent venue, good food and good selection of booze what is not to like about this place. da da da da da da da da 25 words is too long.

4 reviews so far 5
04.12.2016 09:42

Very nice food and good service! Quite disappointed that they ran out of sashimi though. And the staffs look busy all the time so our glass of water was never refilled... but still, doesn't really matter because the food were really good! I love the tsukune most! So soft and fragrant! I also really like the mentai rosti. Their potato shreds were not the soft kind you get at Marche but a bit... how do i put it? Fresh and crunchy? And the mentai sauce was just the right amount! Not too much to the point of overpowering the rosti and not too little that i don't taste the mentai. Will definately be back for more!!

19 reviews so far 5
12.06.2017 09:31

Good foods & great lively atmosphere! We had the onigiri, sashimi platter, chef's skewer selections and grilled makerel to share among two. Sashimi was sweet, fresh and love the generous cut. Skewers were delicious especially the Tsukune, it was juicy and packed with flavours. The only downside was we found the sapporo draft beers were not as fresh and pungent. It was not bad but just not the best. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience, definitely a place we will return!

1 review so far 3
24.07.2016 01:31

Service was slow, guess they were shorthanded. We were seated but menu was not passed to us. Service staff were just zooming past everyone and it was really hard to get their attention, and even if we did, they would ask us to wait. We eventually got the menus ourselves at the counter. Waited really long for the food to come, more than 1 hour and our dishes were not served completely including the potato salad which was supposed to be the appetizer. We got so tired of waiting that we cancelled 2 dishes. Food was ok. We had the buta don, spicy salmon don, aburi mackerel, rosti mentaiko but overall, I wouldn't visit again because it's just not worth the wait and money.

4 reviews so far 6
24.02.2017 17:31

Love the food and service was good too. Despite the crowd, the staffs tried their best to attend to our needs. I also like that food ar ein small portions because we can try larger variaty. With a wide selection of food, my favorite is the meatball!!

1 review so far 5
24.09.2016 21:11

Food was good, but the service was excellent. The waiter went to great pains to explain the menu to us and offered recommendations and seemed very enthusiastic about his work. They have a penchant for many things mentaiko and cheese-related, so you might want to mix your orders up to savour a wider range of flavours.

4 reviews so far 6
04.08.2016 08:01

Felt like we were in Japan !!! Atmosphere was pub like . Food was good and service was great . Friendly and smiling team serving you certainly makes me want to return . Thank you Mario n team

1 review so far 6
08.07.2016 09:27

Lovely place with awesome food. We spent about $60/pax including 2 draft beers and a cocktail. Food was fresh especially the scallops. Quite an authentic experience judging by the number of Japanese customers there. We'll be back.

2 reviews so far 5
24.09.2016 23:30

Cosy environment, with good food and service; I've been for multiple return visits. Recommended for both lunch and dinner! Try the kushi don at lunch, and maguro yukke and mentaiko rösti at dinner, though all the food is delicious too =)

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 22:53

Really enjoyed the service there. The ambience and food was great. Loved it. It was nice to see that the owners really knew what they were serving and its a joy being there

1 review so far 5
06.05.2017 10:13

Food was delicious! The restaurant is set up in such a way you feel like you are in Japan :) Great ambiance / we waited quite a long time for a few items but otherwise great!

3 reviews so far 5
05.11.2016 20:31

Unpretentious. Down-to-earth good food and spot-on recommendations. Not a place for a romantic dinner, but most certainly a place for meeting friends to have a lovely night out where you can eat, drink and laugh happily!

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 01:53

Awesome food, drinks and atmosphere! Loved every dish. especially the scallops and mackeral. Will definitely be back for more in future! Do give it a try if you are nearby.

2 reviews so far 4
24.09.2016 13:39

Good food and serving size. Chicken on skewer too salty. Love the crab gratin, chicken skin dish and beef with roe. Place is a bit squeezy so unless youmind fellow patrons hearing your conversation, this is quite a good hangout place to chill over drinks

1 review so far 5
08.02.2017 23:10

Staff were friendly and service is good! Food had a good amount of selection and was quite good! They have a huge selection of sakes which I would like to try on my next visit!

3 reviews so far 6
05.01.2017 08:39

It was a nice cosy place and the staff were very polite and attentive. The food was so good! It's my second visit and I totally love the aburi

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 14:53

Great food & service! Highly recommend for a night out with friends. Daily Lunch set is also value for money. Recommend to make reservations in advance as the place does not accommodate many people.

2 reviews so far 5
21.01.2017 14:54

Nice place, large sake selection. Would be ideal to have a sake menu stating the characteristics of each sake, as well as the price. Maybe good to include recommended food pairing options as well.

3 reviews so far 6
13.12.2016 07:40

Great selection of sake and food in an authentic Japanese setting. Friendly service from waiters who have good understanding on sake and food pairing. A definite must go!

2 reviews so far 6
17.06.2016 09:19

Very friendly and hospitable hosts who spare no efforts in addressing your queries, providing great recommendations and explaining the different sakes and food to go with the sake.

1 review so far 5
12.12.2016 11:12

A great place for authentic Japanese tapas food. Didn't get to try the kani miso but had the Crab gratin instead which was awesome too. Will be back again for booze and FOOD!

3 reviews so far 6
23.04.2017 09:30

Very friendly and attentive service. I liked the cosy ambience and it's my third visit. Loved the vinegar torched mackerel and I miss that dish the most!

3 reviews so far 5
14.12.2016 10:46

All of the food was super tasty especially the salmon mentai sushi. Love their soup noodles too! The waiters were extremely nice and friendly. However, the servings can be smaller than expected.

2 reviews so far 6
16.10.2016 20:07

The service was fantastic, and the location was really convenient. The food was also very diverse but yummy at the same time. Definitely worth a visit!

2 reviews so far 6
17.07.2016 13:05

Helpful staff who guided us through the menu. Reasonable price for the food we had. Fun times had with groups, good sake collection to boot.

4 reviews so far 5
28.04.2016 08:49

It was a wonderful experience. Ths servers were best at introducing the best dishes with suggestion on appropriate amount ensuring that we do not over ordered and food were fantastic

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 21:48

The ambience is very nice and good is delicious. I order the set which cost around $80. Everything was worth it. Will go back again

1 review so far 6
23.02.2017 22:50

Great food. The pork jowl is a must try. Outdoor seating available and smoker friendly. Service is great, ask for recommendations if you're not sure.

2 reviews so far 6
28.08.2016 15:10

Really helpful staff with navigating the menu and also went the extra mile to accommodate my requests. Great food and sake too. Would come back

3 reviews so far 5
04.08.2016 20:39

Cosy Japanese restaurant which serves up great and tasty dishes. Specially loved the rosti mentaiko and kani gratin! Totally recommended! The sashimi was fresh and melts in the mouth. Yums.

2 reviews so far 6
28.04.2016 16:06

Food was great. Atmosphere of the place was pretty authentic. If everyone speaks Japanese there, I would have believed that I was in Japan

4 reviews so far 5
04.10.2016 21:38

Skewers and oden were good! Service was prompt and polite. They were nice enough to refill my crackers for the deep fried cambermet cheese. A good first experience.

2 reviews so far 5
17.06.2016 19:35

Excellent food and great service in a relaxing environment. We ordered the waiter's recommendation and almost every single dished turned out great. Will definitely return for more!

1 review so far 5
17.04.2017 10:24

Great service and food! What more can one ask for. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a chilled out place to enjoy Japanese food.

1 review so far 5
28.11.2016 09:11

Great food, slightly overpriced because the portions were not huge so you need to order a few dishes. The dry sake that was recommended was amazing though!

5 reviews so far 5
03.09.2016 13:31

Great vibes and food plus friendly folk! Must try the chicken meatballs and rosti mentaiko and wash it down with a draft or two! Will be back!

5 reviews so far 5
17.10.2016 11:10

This place has Nice food and friendly service. I will Recommend for after work dinner and drinks. Is like Japanese tapas. Many small dishes. Good for sharing.

5 reviews so far 5
26.02.2017 08:11

sake connoisseur made good recommendatuons of cold and warm sakes that paired with our favourite dishes :such as wagyu beef, bacon with tomatoes, pork belly, river shrimps!

1 review so far 5
16.09.2016 23:45

Experience with staff is somewhat inconsistent. Love the mentaiko rosti. Place can be crowded during evenings. Lunch sets are pretty good and affordable. Will definitely visit again!

1 review so far 5
23.05.2017 20:34

Enjoyed both the food and the sake!!! Tried the premium sake - Sawahime sake - it was lovely, very light and went superbly with the sides

1 review so far 5
04.10.2016 07:06

The food is decent! Everything is delicious. Their service crew can be a little busy though but service was pretty decent too. Will definitely visit again.

1 review so far 5
27.05.2017 15:52

Good choices of sake and selection of food. Service was a bit slow though, probably cos it was packed on a Friday evening. Nevertheless, friendly staff.

5 reviews so far 5
12.03.2017 19:44

Always a great time at Shukuu! Definitely recommend the chicken skin, the meatballs and the parmesan cheese chips, those are must orders whenever we visit!

1 review so far 5
01.01.2017 11:48

Great food and a nice izakaya ambience but service staff can be more attentive, it was hard to get their attention to fill up water.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 18:52

Decent jap food served in small portions. Tried the minced raw tuna don with raw quails egg - it was very smooth and tasted great

2 reviews so far 5
15.10.2016 10:56

Fantastic ambience, friendly services, awesome food! Loved the skewers and the Kani Gratin, goes so well with the light fruity sake recommended by the staff!

1 review so far 5
14.02.2017 09:28

Nice ambiance, food is good, value for money, service is good. Will definitely recommend my friends to visit and will be back again for sure.