Every culture loves meat on skewers. We have satay in Asian cuisines, kebabs in Middle Eastern cuisines and of course, yakitori in Japanese cuisine. From hole-in-the-wall joints to yakitori omakase experiences, here are some of the best places to enjoy yakitori in Singapore!
Mikawa Yakitori Bar is a neighbourhood favourite for residents in Siglap and Bukit Timah. Here you’ll find over 10 varieties of handmade yakitori such as Negima (chicken with leek), Sasami (chicken breast meat) and Sunagimo (chicken gizzards). They also serve other grilled skewers (kushiyaki) as well including pork and vegetable varieties, all freshly made to order and slow-grilled to perfection over charcoal. Best paired with their house wine or Japanese sake!
Address: Multiple outlets
Beer and sake aside, this cosy joint located at Robertson Quay serves up a variety of skewers that will satiate your appetite. Enjoy charcoal-grilled chicken, beef, pork and scallop skewers along with premium signatures such as foie gras and kaki buta maki (oysters rolled with pork) with a riverfront view!
Address: 30 Robertson Quay, #01-15 Riverside View, Singapore 238251
Opening Hours: 12–2:30 PM, 6–11 PM Mon to Thurs, 12–2:30 PM, 6–11:30 PM Fri & Sat, 12–2:30 PM, 5:30–10:30 PM Sun
Inspired by the yakitori-ya in Osaka, this hip bistro operates in an old-school kopitiam in Moh Guan Terrace. In the daytime, you’ll find them serving unassuming local favourites such as mee pok and kopi roti. Once night falls, the space transforms into a modern open-concept yakitori bar headed by Chef Asai Masashi. Glazed chicken yakitori are their specialty, but you can also find grilled vegetables and rice bowls for a heartier meal.
Address: 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, Singapore 162078
Opening Hours: 6–11 pm Tues to Thurs, 6 pm–12 am Fri, 12–4 pm, 6 pm–12 am Sat, 12–4 pm, 6–11 pm Sun. Closed on Mon
Tucked away in Far East Plaza and Chinatown Point is a yakitori joint featuring succulent meat skewers, seafood, and vegetables fresh off the grill. The meat here is lightly seasoned with sea salt to allow the natural flavours of the meat to shine through. They are grilled over a special charcoal imported from Japan, giving the meats a distinctive smokiness.
Address: Multiple outlets
A Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, Shirokane Tori-Tama provides an authentic yakitori experience with its items grilled to order. They are known for utilising every part of the chicken, including the cockcomb and its menu has more than 20 chicken parts to choose from! Those who enjoy internal chicken parts will definitely love the yakitori here, but even if you’re not a fan, they also serve other grilled vegetables and meats that are perfect to wash down with some sake.
Address: 11 Unity St, Singapore 237995
Opening Hours: 6–10:30 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
KAI Yakitori stars a yakitori omakase menu featuring chicken skewers. Sink your teeth into unusual cuts like chicken neck which is umami and glistening with fat, alongside more common yet flavourful offerings like Tsukune (chicken meatball skewers) and Tabasaki (Japanese chicken wings glazed in a sweet and savoury sauce).
Address: 150 Orchard Rd, #04-23/24 Orchard Plaza, Singapore 238841
Opening Hours: 6:30–10:30 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Styled after the Izakaya bars of Tokyo, The Modern Izakaya boasts a chill atmosphere, offering a selection of yakitori alongside sake and beer. Conveniently located within Chijmes, it is the sister restaurant of Japanese sushi and teppanyaki restaurant, Tatsu. Enjoy a wide array of yakitori and kushiyaki grilled over white charcoal. Can’t make up your mind? Go for the Mixed Platter or Premium Platter that allows you to try a few different skewers!
Address: 30 Victoria St, #01-18 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: 12–10:30 PM daily
Located at Circular Road, Yakitori Yatagarasu is a quaint little eatery dedicated to serving up authentic Japanese chargrilled meat skewers. In fact, you’ll find 15 types of pork belly wraps with a variety of ingredients, such as shiso leaf, asparagus, cheese and many more! They also use every part of a chicken in their yakitori, and the chicken tail is one of the most popular items here – they tend to sell out early!
Address: 72 Circular Rd, #01-01, Singapore 049426
Opening Hours: 6–11 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Torisei is a kappo-style restaurant, with only yakitori omakase menus served here for lunch and dinner. With a head-to-tail concept using French vegetarian-fed chickens raised in 100 percent cage-free farms, skewers are grilled over bincho charcoal, which imparts a complex smoky char on the meat. Its menus also change up seasonally, which means you’re always in for surprise!
Address: 182 Cecil St, #01-02-03 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Opening Hours: 12:30–2 pm, 7–10 pm Mon to Fri, 12:30–2:30 pm, 7–10 pm Sat
This izakaya occupies a small nook on the first floor of Golden Mile Tower, and its interior is plastered floor-to-ceiling with Japanese posters, flyers, and various paraphernalia. No one will blame you if you mistake it for a back alley in Japan! Yummy yakitori options here include the Torikawa (chicken skin) to Lamb and Kimchi Pork, all grilled to smoky perfection.
Address: 6001 Beach Rd, #01-02, Singapore 199589
Opening Hours: 5 PM–12 AM Mon to Thurs, 5 PM–1 AM Fri & Sat, 5–10:30 PM Sun
This tiny under-the-radar yakitori restaurant in Orchard Plaza only has less than 10 seats! However, don’t let its size fool you, because they serve up a yakitori omakase menu that will leave you satiated. Appetisers like marinated salmon and cream cheese tofu will whet your palate for the yakitori skewers to come, which include chicken wings, liver, heart, and breast, as well as non-chicken options like quail eggs and zucchini.
Address: 150 Orchard Rd, #01-39 Orchard Plaza, Singapore 238841
Opening Hours: 6–8 pm, 8:30–11 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Gosso Yakitori is best known for its signature Gosso Dama – a skewer of white chicken livers wrapped in caul fat. The yakitori is then grilled to a crispy exterior with a juicy interior, and it is recommended that you consume it within 40 seconds. To try a little bit of everything, go for the 12-stick set which includes Bonziri (chicken tail), Negima (chicken thigh with leek), Yuzokosho-yaki (chicken fillet with yuzu pepper), Tsukune (chicken minced ball), Sunagimo (gizzard) and the Gosso Dama.
Address: 64 Boat Quay, Singapore 049852
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5:30–11 pm Mon to Thurs, 11:30 am–2:30 pm, 5:30–11:30 pm Fri, 5:30–11 pm Sat. Closed on Sun
One of the oldest restaurants in Cuppage Plaza, Kazu Sumiyaki has a history of over two decades and is also one of the most popular spots for yakitori in Singapore. You’ll find a wide selection of skewers such as mushrooms, chicken wings, seasonal grilled butterfish, foie gras, sweet potatoes and more.
Address: 5 Koek Rd, #04-05, Singapore 228796
Opening Hours: 6–10 pm Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
Tucked away on the second floor of a shophouse along Neil Street lies Ryu Taro Yakitori Restaurant. This modern Izakaya bar specialises in yakitori and Japanese cuisine alongside various Japanese sakes. With options like chicken or lamb and non-meat options, mix and match your favourite yakitori sticks. Chef recommendations include the well-loved Gyu Enoki Maki, Hatsu and Uzura Tamago!
Address: 51A Neil Rd, Singapore 088829
Opening Hours: 6 pm–2 am Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
A show of hands, whose first yakitori experience was at Tori-Q? Launching their first shop in Takashimaya way back in 2000, they now have 22 stalls islandwide. Tori-Q prides itself on yakitori sticks made using the freshest raw chicken and broiling them using a special auto-rolling machine. The broiled chicken is then dipped into a special tare (sauce) and then manually grilled to smoky perfection.
Address: Multiple outlets