Teppei Japanese Restaurant needs no introduction. As one of the most famous omakase in Singapore, its waitlist often stretches months and books out instantly.
Making A Reservation
Being a cosy 22-seater, Teppei Japanese Restaurant operates strictly on a reservation basis. There are two seatings, the first at 6.00pm and the second at 8.30pm. Do keep a close eye on their Facebook Page for when they release slots or when there are last-minute cancellations. Patience is key!
17-Course Omakase for S$100++
Teppei’s claim to fame is the sheer number of creative dishes (typically 17) that are served, all at a reasonable price point of S$100++. Except for the mains, each course is relatively small and won’t leave you uncomfortably full.
Appetisers: The Classic
These were 4 courses out of the 17 that were classic crowd-pleasers with a Teppei twist.
Firstly, there was the Hiroshima Oyster with Kelp Vinaigrette. It looked odd from the get-go, but I was pleasantly surprised that the briny kelp jelly blended really well with the creamy, plump oyster.
Following that, we were served heavenly slices of Fatty Tuna which were gone in a flash! This dish is a testament to the fact that Teppei does not compromise on quality despite the affordable price point.
Also, props to Teppei for serving it in a literal ice bowl. I could not believe it was made out of ice until it started melting.
Another dish we really enjoyed was another tuna rendition; the Minced Tuna Belly Handroll with 4 Toppings. I especially loved the one topped with ikura.
Towards the end, we were served a buttery-smooth A5 Wagyu Beef Cube. I was almost bursting at this point but this was irresistible. The marbling on the beef is just perfect.
Appetisers: The Quirky
Teppei is also well known for serving up unpredictable, quirky creations. Here are 3 that we particularly enjoyed.
One of the first few dishes was this curious Fois Gras Miso Macaron. It sounds odd but works surprisingly well. The miso balances out the rich fois gras, making for an addictive combination.
This Crab Porridge with Uni was served towards the end. While not very photogenic, it did pack a rich flavour punch as the porridge was chock-full of in crab meat & juices. The staff also seemed to have great time hand-feeding us this.
Finally, I loved the sweet fruit courses that were served right before the main course. This was my favourite, the Frozen Cherry Lollipop. This was frozen to the point it had a sorbet-like texture which was really refreshing. We were also served a slice of famously expensive Japanese Melon and a Grape in Red Wine to cap off this section.
Main Courses: Spoilt for Choice!
The second-last course (before ice cream) was the main course where diners can choose from 4-5 different mains. These were smaller portions of recognisable classics and it is definitely hard to choose given they all sound fantastic.
I chose the the Snow Crab with Ikura and Uni. The combination of salty ikura, smooth uni and sweet snow crab was to-die-for. I loved that they generously packed the shell with ingredients and just a small bit of rice.
The other main was Wagyu Beef Don, consisting of juicy beef cubes over Japanese rice with a generous layer of fried garlic. This dish was bursting with umami and is a must-try for any meat-lover.
Overall, I loved the experience. Most of the dishes hit the spot and there is such creativity that goes into each dish. Teppei’s service is also very authentic and top-notch; with staff comfortably alternating between explaining each course and joking with you. Truly appreciate the effort they took to make the experience so memorable!
Teppei Japanese Restaurant’s omakase may not be the cheapest in Singapore at $100++, but it certainly is the most value-for-money. I have yet to come across another place that compares in terms of creativity and service at this price point. 10/10 would come back again (if I can get a reservation!).
Teppei Japanese Restaurant
Address: 326 Serangoon Ave 3, #01-378, Singapore 550326
Opening Hours: 11.45am to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10pm (Closed on Sundays)