Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant

Snag a cosy booth or a window seat to gaze out over the Singapore River at this a la carte buffet (daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm, $36.90++). Don’t miss out on their crispy prawn tempura temaki or go for their salmon maki mono for a slightly more traditional taste.

#03-88 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6227 0388


Nihon Mura Kaiten Sushi

Formerly known as Suki Sushi, this buffet restaurant not only features the familiar sight of the conveyor belt sushi but also an open concept kitchen where you can watch the chefs do what they do best. There’s an extensive range of Japanese treats from sushi to temaki and sashimi (Mon-Fri 2.30-5pm, $27.80++, Sat-Sun 11.30am-5pm, $28.80; Mon-Fri 6-9pm, $30.80). Walk-ins only.

#04-01 Shaw Plaza, 360 Balestier Road. Tel: 6255 4197


Sakae Sushi

With outlets located all across the island, this homegrown chain is well-known for their premium buffet (lunch: Mon-Thu 11.30am-2pm/3pm-5.30pm, $28.99++, Fri-Sun $36.99++; dinner: Mon-Thu 6.30-9pm $33.99++, Fri-Sun $37.99++). With over 80 choices from nigiri to maki rolls and inari, you can also enjoy one red plate such as lobster salad inari, and two pink plates such as unagi temaki and edamame.

At five locations including #02-01 Hersing Hub, 450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6. Tel: 6354 9083


Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant

It’s packed with diners on weekends, so we highly recommend that you book a table in advance for this buffet (lunch: Mon-Sun 11.30am-3pm, $34++; dinner: Mon-Thu 6-10pm, $37++, Fri-Sun 6-10pm, $39++). Try the classic California temaki, a hand roll stuffed with crab meat stick, avocado and cucumber with a healthy serving of sushi with choice picks like ebi (prawn), ebiko, chopped salmon with wasabi mayo and vinegared mackerel, along with deep-fried and grilled items.

#03-15/16 UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Avenue. Tel: 6733 2272


Shinkei Japanese Restaurant

Located in the hustle and bustle of one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates, this gem brings a Japanese buffet straight into the heartlands (lunch: 11am-2.30pm Mon-Fri, $33++, Sat-Sun, $37++; dinner: 6-10.30pm daily $39++). Come here for fresh cuts of octopus and squid, the simple sweetly flavourful beancurd, and a broad selection of sushi. Over 100 items to choose from, including tempura, and teppanyaki as well.

#01-06/07/10 600@Toa Payoh, 600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. Tel: 6255 5598