air flown korean oysters, scallops and abalone at daejim, korean restaurant at tanjong pagar

Choosing a restaurant in Tanjong Pagar to dine at can be tough, considering the sheer amount of choices available.

Hence, not only have we compiled the best ones we’ve tried, we’ve also included reasons as to why we recommend them. Whether you’re looking for tasty Japanese food, authentic Swiss cuisine, viral street foods like the Sushi Pizza, or just no-frills hearty hawker food, we’ve got all the options for you.

Where are the best restaurants in Tanjong Pagar?

Tanjong Pagar restaurants
1. Maguro Brothers — viral Sushi pizza and affordable maguro dishes
2. Pura Brasa — Spanish food cooked with Josper grill
3. CouCou — authentic Swiss cuisine
4. WagyuX — unique wagyu breed
5. Nook — multi-concept space
6. Celebrity Prawn Mee — hearty and flavourful prawn noodles
7. Aburi En — affordable wagyu and Japanese rice bowls
8. SBCD Korean Tofu House — authentic Korean soontofu
9. Daejim — Korean grilled meats and seafood
10. Doco Donburi — affordable rice bowls
11. City Hot Pot — affordable hotpot lunch sets
12. Hamburg Steak Keisuke — free flow egg and salad bar

Want something lighter? Check out our Tanjong Pagar cafe guide for the best coffee and cakes in the area instead.

1. Maguro Brothers

Sushi Pizza in Singapore
5 kinds of Sushi Pizza at Maguro Brothers

This has to be the most interesting thing to eat at Tanjong Pagar — the viral Sushi Pizzas.

Maguro Brothers offer five flavours of Sushi Pizza: Magurorita Pizza ($19.8), Salmon Terimayo Pizza ($16.8), Chirashi Pizza ($17.8), Grilled Chicken Pizza ($15.8), and Spicy Salmon Pizza ($16.8).

They were cripsy, fresh and flavourful. But if you want something more classic, opt for any of their maguro dishes. Maguro Brothers is also a tuna wholesaler from Japan, which allows them to serve high quality sashimi at affordable prices.

We recommend the 7 Kinds of Tuna ($62).

Maguro Brothers

Location: Tras St, 100AM, itadakimasu by PARCO, #03-K1, Singapore 079027
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm
Sat-Sun: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9pm

2. Pura Brasa

jamon iberico at pura brasa, spanish restaurant in tanjong pagar
A whole leg of Jamón at Pura Brasa

This isn’t just your regular Spanish cuisine. Pura Brasa is one of the best places to eat at Tanjong Pagar because they cook their dishes in a smokey Josper charcoal oven grill.

Highlights include the Pancetta and Kale Pizza ($33), with one of the best pizza crust ever, and the Smoked Wild Tasmanian Abalone ($48), showcasing the beauty of the charcoal grill with its meaty smokey flavours.

Don’t forget to savour a few slices of their premium Jamón ham. Pura Brasa imports their Hand-Cut 72-Month 100% Acorn Fed Bellota Jamón Ham ($65/60g, $35/30g) from award-winning producer Monte Nevado.

Pura Brasa

Location: 5 Wallich St, #01-16, Singapore 078883
Opening hours: 12-11pm

3. Coucou

A fan of fondue? You’ve gotta try it straight from the source then.

Coucou is an authentic Swiss restaurant at Tanjong Pagar, helmed by globally-renowned Executive Chef Sebastian Donati. Some of the recipes are far more than authentic, but actual formulas passed down from his family, such as the Salad CouCou ($12). It’s a simple salad, drizzled with ‘Grand Pere’ dressing, which translates to grandfather’s dressing.

Of course, while you’re at a Swiss restaurant, you have to order a fondue to share. A fondue pot at Coucou, available in the original recipe, without alcohol, with chilli padi, and more, starts from $38 per person, with a minimum order for two people.

But if it’s one dish you have to get before leaving, it’s the Meringues a la Double Creme de Gruyere ($20) — a meringue elevated with a surprisingly light gruyere cream and tangy compote.

Coucou

Location: 9 Craig Rd, Singapore 089669
Opening hours: 12-2:30pm, 6-11pm

4. Wagyu X

Insane marbling on the Wagyu X steak — one of the best restaurants in tanjong pagar for steak
Insane marbling on the Wagyu X steak

Tanjong Pagar is home to one of the rarest wagyu crossbreeds that is rarely found outside of Japan.

Wagyu X is the product of Kuroge black Wagyu cow and Aberdeen Angus Bull, resulting in a well-marbled and flavourful beef. It’s not too fatty and not too lean either. This unique and exclusive flavour profile renders Wagyu X as one of the best steakhouses not just in Tanjong Pagar, but the whole of Singapore.

Indulge in their Wagyu X Ribeye, priced at $140 for 500g, which is a highly marbled cut with flavourful fats. All their Wagyu X are prepared in portions for two. Hence, if you’re dining alone, you can also opt for the Wagyu X Fried Rice ($28), which comes with 120g of Wagyu X Sirloin.

Wagyu X

Location: 82 Club St, Singapore 069450
Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 5-10pm

5. Nook & Nowhere

Nook restaurant Tanjong Pagar - contemporary european food with asian flavours
This restaurant in Tanjong Pagar serves contemporary European cuisine with Asian flavours

Art gallery, European restaurant or cocktail bar?

You decide for yourself at this unique multi-concept space at Tanjong Pagar. Here’s what we recommend at this restaurant.

Get the Aqina 1/2 Organic Chicken ($42), which is dry-aged for seven days. Get this with Koshihikari Rice ($18), cooked in Hainanese spices and cockscomb, and you’ll get a European version of the Hainanese chicken rice.

Another standout dish is the Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata ($24), which proves that simple ingredients can be the star of the show when handled right. Meaty and juicy tomatoes are paired with a grassy and aromatic basil and tarragon sorbet. And for an extra crunch, the dish is topped with puffed quinoa.

Nook

Location: 11 Craig Rd, Singapore 089671
Opening hours: 11:30am-12am

6. Celebrity Big Prawn Noodle

For one of the best prawn noodles in Singapore, you have to head down to Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre, located beside the MRT station.

To make their prawn broth extra umami, the chefs melt a pile of pork lard into their shells before boiling it with other aromatics. Don’t worry about the oil though. It’s filtered out of the broth at the final stage.

Their signature Porks Ribs Big Prawn Mee costs $6.5 for a regular size and $8.5 for an upsize. Typically, stores would just add more noodles for a large bowl, but big-eaters will be delighted to hear that they actually give an extra heap of prawns.

If you’re not a fan of pork ribs, you can also get their Big Prawn Mee or Big Prawn Mee with Sliced Abalone.

Location: 6 Tanjong Pagar Plz, #02-30, Singapore 018006
Opening hours: 9:30am-4pm (closed on Sunday)

7. Aburi En

3 kind but a combo jyu at aburi en, japanese restaurant at tanjong pagar
3 Kind Buta Combo Jyu to enjoy three kinds of meat from Aburi En

Located at Guoco Tower, right outside Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Aburi En serves premium Japanese rice bowls for lunch and dinner at an affordable price.

Like its name suggests, Aburi, translating to “sear” in Japanese, the chefs sear their meats at high temperatures to impart a smokey aroma upon them. This Japanese restaurant also pride themselves on their premium A4/A5 Miyazaki Wagyu, which tasted just like the ones I’ve had in Japan. But frankly, their pork deserves an equal amount of attention.

Get the Premium Miyazakigyu Jyu ($35.9) to savour rich buttery flavours of A4/A5 Miyazaki Wagyu. But, for a more affordable and less sinful option, the 3 Kind Buta Combo Jyu ($22.9) allows you taste the best of not two, but three worlds — pork belly, pork loin and iberico pork jowl.

Aburi En

Location: 1 Wallich St, #B2-09, Singapore 078884
Opening hours: 11am-10pm

8. SBCD Korean Tofu House

Oyster Soontofu at SBCD Tofu House, Korean restaurant at Tanjong Pagar
Oyster Soontofu at SBCD Tofu House

SBCD Korean Tofu House is one of the most renowned places for good sundubu-jiggae, a spicy Korean tofu stew, in Singapore.

All their Soontofus, except for the Sesame Soontofu ($19.9) contain pork and vegetables. The Kimchi ($21.9) is a classic, but if you want something more adventurous, we recommend the Oyster ($21.9) just so you can have a taste of how that fresh briney flavour complements the fermented spices in the soup.

SBCD Korean Tofu House have multiple outlets across Singapore, and their restaurant at Tanjong Pagar is located just outside the MRT station.

SBCD Korean Tofu House

Location: 7 Wallich St, B1 – 01 / 02 Guoco Tower, Singapore 078884
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm, 5-10pm
Sat-Sun: 11:30am-10pm

9. Daejim

air flown korean oysters, scallops and abalone at daejim, korean restaurant at tanjong pagar
Fresh seafood air-flown from Korea

Tanjong Pagar is flooded with Korean restaurants, but Daejim stands out with its pojangmacha concept.

Pojangmacha, or pocha for short, refers to a tent bar, commonly seen in Korea, which serves affordable but good street food.

It’s hard to decide what to get. Should you get raw marinated crabs? Should you grill up some fresh seafood and meat that are air-flown from Korea? Or maybe… you should indulge in comforting Korean stews? Our recommendation: try everything on the menu in multiple visits.

This might truly be one of the best Korean restaurant in Tanjong Pagar.

Daejim

Location: 4 Craig Road, Singapore 089664
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat: 5pm-7am
Sunday: 5pm-12am

10. Doco Donburi

Sh-ell Donburi - Japanese rice bowl with garlic butter shrimp, onsen egg and crispy fish skin at Doco Donburi
Sh-ell Donburi – Japanese rice bowl with garlic butter shrimp, onsen egg and crispy fish skin

Eating at Tanjong Pagar can be expensive unless you’re opting for the hawker centres or cai fan stores in the area. But here’s a restaurant that won’t break the bank.

Located on the first floor of International Plaza. Doco Donburi serves affordable Japanese rice bowls with a local twist. For one, all bowls come with a serving of crispy fish skin for that extra crunch and umami. But on top of classic options like Beef and Prawns, you can also find locally-inspired bowls like Sh-Otah Don ($11.9).

The most affordable bowls at Doco Donburi are the Sh-Ken Don ($10.9) and Sh-Room Don ($10.9), comprising chicken shimeji mushrooms respectively.

Location: 10 Anson Rd, #01-16 International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Opening hours: 10:30am-8:30pm (closed on weekends)

11. City Hot Pot

Lobster and Meat Set at city hot pot tanjong pagar guoco tower
A seafood set at City Hot Pot

If you find mouth watering as you walk out of Tanjong Pagar MRT station, don’t worry, we’ve been there.

City Hot Pot fills up the basement of Guoco Tower with its aromatic soup base, starting at affordable prices of $5.99. The prices here are reasonable. For instance, a plate of Australian Wagyu Beef costs $11.99 and a whole lobster is priced a $59.99.

City Hot Pot is also inspired by Taiwanese hot pot style, as seen from the incorporation of Braised Pork Rice ($3.99), a common offering in Taiwan. otpot and a Taiwan staple might not seem like the best pairing, but just trust us. Melt-in-your-mouth, flavorful, homely, it was one of the best Braised Pork Rice we’ve ever had.

City Hot Pot

Location: 7 Wallich Street, B1-04/05, Singapore 078884
Opening hours: 11:30am- 3pm, 5pm- 10:30pm

12. Hamburg Steak Keisuke

Triple Cheese Prime Hamburg Steak at hamburg steak keisuke tanjong pagar
Triple Cheese Prime Hamburg Steak

This Japanese restaurant at Tanjong Pagar is always seen with snaking queues. Hamburg Steak Keisuke specialises in meaty and succulent hamburger patties served on a hot plate.

Starting from $22.9, each Hamburg Steak Set comes with deep fried tofu, fried prawn, tofu with spring onion and choice of sauce. But more importantly, it gives you access to the free-flow salad bar and egg buffet, where you get access to perfectly-cooked eggs in four ways: scrambled, sunny side up, tamagoyaki and omelette.

Some may even say that the eggs deserve more hype than the hamburg steak, but what do you think?

Hamburg Steak Keisuke

Location: 72 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079329
Opening hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9pm

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