Sushi lovers in Tanjong Pagar have much to celebrate... With a whole host of Japanese restaurants sprouting up here, the area is starting to get the moniker of 'Little Tokyo'. The cuisine was introduced to Singapore over a century back, by traders and businessmen. But back then, Japanese food was more exclusive and not easily available. It was only in the 80s that the cuisine became popular, and today, restaurants serving sushi abound in Tanjong Pagar, Orchard Road and down the Singapore River bank.
Those looking to satiate their sushi cravings in Tanjong Pagar have a vast variety of places to choose from. Some Japanese restaurants stay true to tradition with their dishes and dining rituals. Japanese chefs, imported ingredients, and traditional decor help them provide a truly authentic experience. However, for a more casual option, head to the Kaiten sushi restaurants in Tanjong Pagar, where fresh morsels are served on a rotating conveyor belt. Just pick up your favourites, and pay according to the colour-coded plates at the end of your meal. With little to no waiting time, this is particularly popular among office-going Singaporeans.
‘Maki, nigiri, or fresh sashimi flown in from Japan —you'll find them all served at these eateries. The simple, lean tuna Tekkamaki, the buttery soft bluefin tuna belly Toro and the grilled, flavour-intensive Unagi are particular favourites. Soft shell crabs, sea-bream and salmon also dominate the tables at these Tanjong Pagar sushi restaurants. Be it with spicy Mentai mayo or quivering Ponzu jelly, each eatery adds its signature touch to classic dishes, to make them even more enjoyable. Don't forget to enjoy them with a touch of flaming hot wasabi!
For those who are not so adventurous with their meals, maki rolls stuffed with cucumbers, fried eggs (tamago) and mushrooms are usually a safe bet. Today, fusion favourites like California Rolls, Philadelphia Rolls and Spider Rolls form a big part of the menu, even in some of the more traditional Japanese eateries. Deep fried in tempura batter or stuffed with cream cheese, these dishes cater to universal preferences. With so many sushi eateries, Tanjong Pagar is steadily becoming a go-to destination for those who love Japanese cuisine.