9 Places To Have Good And Affordable Chirashi Don Below $20
Chirashizushi, or otherwise known as Chirashi, simply means “scattered.” So, a chirashi don is basically scattered ingredients on a rice bowl. However, in Singapore, we all know that good Japanese food don’t come cheap. With that, we came up with a list of places that you could enjoy chirashi don, while not burning a hole in your pocket.
For $17.80, Tanuki’s Chirashi Don includes hot favorites like salmon and tuna, seasonal items such as striped jack, and premium ingredients like ikura and scallop. The Bara Chirashi Don, $17.80 features the same amount of fresh fish, only in this rice bowl, the fish is cubed and seasoned with Tanuki’s secret umami sauce.
Famous for its croquettes, Teppei Syokudo also has a variety of rice bowls. The Scallop Kaisendon ($17.80) has thick chunks of salmon, tuna, salmon roe and scallop. Freshness wise, the salmon was not that fresh but acceptable, while the scallop still had a slight sweetness to it. The generous cuts and portion of the sashimi was what made it worthwhile.
Address: Takashimaya, 391 Orchard Road Basement 2, Singapore 238873
Phone: +65 6509 9882
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Koji Sushi Bar
Located in China Square Central, Koji Sushi Bar is a casual Japanese eatery that caters to many working crowd nearby. This is also the CBD favourites for a good and affordable bowl of Chirashi Don. For only $17, you get a generous portion of salmon, tuna, and maguro piled on top of Japanese rice. For healthier version, go for the salad or mixed grain options. The crispy rice bits is a hit, or for something more extravagant, spend another $9 to add-on uni. Go for the counter seats so that you can see the chefs are work.
Koji Sushi Bar
Address: China Square Central, 3 Pickering Road #01-42, Singapore 048660
Phone: +65 6225 6125
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 1130am - 3pm; 5 - 10pm. Closed on Sundays
Not exactly my first choice to have Japanese food, but when it comes to accessibility, Sushi Tei has many outlets in Singapore. Their Kaisen Don ($16.80) consists of salmon, yellow-tail, tuna, amaebi (sweet shrimp), salmon roe and omelette. Despite the sashimi not being as fresh as the rest, they were very willing to give the salmon roe. The rice was also a tad too sticky. Overall, it’s a good place to have a cheap don, but definitely not the best.
Upon taking a step into Ginza Kuroson, servers and chefs would greet you with “irasshaimase!” Within the restaurant, there was a counter with fresh fish placed on a bed of ice. That’s probably where the sashimi is from. The recommendation was the Fisherman’s Nagekomi don ($20), with fresh ingredients flown in directly thrice a week. The vinegar in the rice was just nice, and the rice was not mushy. It was then topped with a variety of fresh ingredients such as prawn, salmon, tuna, yellowtail,and roe. There was also a small portion of white bait, which has quite an interesting texture and taste when eaten fresh. Surprisingly good, the unagi was not dry and rough, and did not have a fishy taste.
Known for its aircraft themed interior, Sushi Airways also delivers fresh sashimi as their seafood is flown in four times a week. The Bara Chirashi ($17) comes in a smaller portion as compared to the rest. Topped with chunks of sashimi, there was also a mountain of shredded omelette. Adding lime to this dish brought a refreshing touch. Despite the freshness, it was quite a disappointment when the sashimi were served in tiny bits. I could barely taste anything. Nonetheless, you could try other food recommended in the previous post, Welcome on board to SushiAirways Sushi Bar.
Served in a stone bowl, the colorful sashimi fills the entire top of the Bara Chirashi Don ($18). It was almost too beautiful to be eaten. Although the sashimi were slightly smaller, they were really fresh. I was always skeptical about swordfish sashimi, because most that I have eaten has a fishy taste. However, at Manzoku, the swordfish were fresh and slightly sweet.
Bara Chirashi Don ($12.90) comes with generous portions of salmon, prawn, tuna, ikura and octopus in a palm-sized sushi rice bowl. These chunks of fresh seafood served atop fragrant Japanese rice marinated with sesame sauce were amazing. There was so much seafood toppings that we couldn’t see the rice underneath. Each mouthful gave a burst of flavours and textural differences, guaranteed to satisfy the sashimi-lover in you. If you’re feeling extremely hungry, go for the Premium Chirashi Don at an additional $10. This premium rice bowl consists of salmon belly, scallops and prawn tako instead.
Address: 301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-113F, Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408
Phone: +65 9450 1020
Email Address: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Wed-Mon 11.45am to 2.30pm (lunch) and 5.45pm to 9.30pm (dinner). Closed on Tuesdays
If you are a Chirashi fan, you should just go for their famous Bara Set ($17.60). which comes with Bara Chirashi, free flow miso soup and 4 side dishes. This bowl of rice is brimming with so many ingredients such as salmon, tuna, surf clam, roe etc that are seasoned lightly.
The side dishes to go with Chirashi is salad, sweet and sour fish, preserved vegetables and stewed daikon. Honestly, the sushi rice wasn’t fantastic but it was very value for money with so much sashimi.
Address: 99B Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088520
Phone: +65 6222 1976
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 12pm – 2:30pm; 6:30pm – 10pm. Closed on Sunday.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.