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Rakuya Review at Katong


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Brian Kennett

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Rakuya Review at Katong - the best Japanese Omakase in Singapore, Katong & Joo Chiat

Rakuya Katong Review

The opportunities for date lunch with wifey were fast disappearing on this stint of gardening level between jobs. Work starts again soon, and I am sad. I’ll miss our lovely long days together, seeing the kids, and basically just having uninterrupted fun. So this is one of the remaining days for us. We again chose somewhere different to keep the variety barometer swinging, and today we visit a place we have walked past many times to allow us to create this  Rakuya Review at Katong.

I love their slogan; “Don’t ask for the menu, we don’t have one!” I like that quirky stuff from restaurants and Chefs, and more on that during this review. 

In this Rakuya review we will be sharing;

  • The Rakuya menu
  • How to do Rakuya booking
  • What is Omakase Singapore
  • Is there Rakuya delivery
  • Is there a Rakuya happy hour or any specials

So, read on… It’s all for you!!!

Rakuya Review at Katong
Photo ‘borrowed’ from Rakuya web site

Rakuya Review at Katong - a wee video to watch

Rakuya @ Katong; "Don't ask for a menu because we don't have one..."

Rakuya Review at Katong

You just know this is going to be good, right…?

I think it is important, up front, to hear from them about this concept they have of Japanese Omakase in Katong for our Rakuya Review at Katong

ABOUT US; "At Rakuya, we do classic Japanese cuisine with a fusion twist. Its omakase and bar bites menus are all set to enthral, with the usage of unexpected pairing of ingredients. The result is a delightful and unforgettable meal that brings one's palate on an adventure across Asia. Besides the promise of good food and frequent menu changes to keep things fresh, diners can look forward to enjoying a fine selection of sakes – including seasonal ones – from various regions across Japan. Pick your nightcap out of the 50-odd labels that we have curated, or ask for recommendations from our friendly staff. The cosy bar also serves up some mean bar bites, best washed down with a pint or two. In addition, Rakuya also serves up affordable set lunches and ala carte plates, done omakase-style. Come on in for a dining experience like no other!"

OUR CULINARY TEAM; "Chef Kenji has had more than 20 years of culinary experience, mostly at Japanese restaurants and hotels such as Goodwood Park, Shangri-la and M hotel. He is trained in hotel omakase for over 10 years, before moving on to traditional izakaya style, and then to Rakuya where he showcases his expertise in modern Asian fusion cuisine and feels like he has found his niche."

Let's have some FAQ answered by ISLIFEARECIPE-dia

Omakase, meaning “I leave it up to you,” is the most prevalent word used when dining at Japanese restaurants where the Chef selects and serves seasonal dishes for the customer to choose from.

Okonomi is the Japanese antonym for Omakase, which translates as ordering what you want.

Customers at sushi restaurants use this statement to indicate that they prefer to let the Chef make their selections rather than ordering à la carte.

From the lightest to the heaviest, the chef will present a succession of plates, and if you don’t want to limit yourself to sushi, you can use the word to describe any type of cooking method. 

Mon; Closed

Tue-Sun; 12:00-15:00 / 18:00-21:30

Email them here;

Or call them; 9189 6459

Read on, folks. You’ll see the comprehensive list of different menu options in the blog for your perusal. It’s all in the Rakuya Review at Katong

They are smack bang in he middle of the uber cool foodie suburb of Katong directly on the East Coast Road, sort of opposite Holiday Inn.

89 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428790


Let's have a look at the food we experienced, the critical part of this Rakuya Review at Katong

Rakuya Review at Katong

We have no kids so we can sit at the adult seats and watch the Chef action. Not really your traditional Japanese style going on here with denim and urban style peaky blinder stuff but it’s cool. Love watching Chef and his techniques.

Rakuya Review at Katong

Any Chef, or person, with a set of knives like this, gets my vote every day of the week. I am getting slightly aroused!!!

Rakuya Review at Katong

Mary gets stuck in the Japanese Wagyu. I love the fact that I have cured her and she now eats medium-rare steak, AKA pink2pink perfection. I had a little guzzle on this and it was stunning food, but my only bitch would be that the meat was seriously chewy but tasted so good. See the little chips top right of the bowl – fried garlic chips. WOW. They went so well with both the beef and pork, and they even had a little Chawanmushi to accompany the plate.

Rakuya Review at Katong

They really do bang out rather cool set lunches. I went for the Kurobuta pork, and blimey Charlie talk about soft, soft pork. Absolutely stellar this was. Wow!!! Also to note that the salad dressing was off-the-charts good. Like I could have bathed in it, it was so delicious.

Rakuya sushi

You could also drift ‘off-piste’ from the set-lunch menu and the Omakase menu and have sushi and even bar-bite. Have a look below for the menus for that. Hmmm, are they really living up to their mantra – I see menus everywhere so far…

Let's explore two other Omakase moments for ISLIFEARECIPE, funnily enough both for my son, Oliver's birthdays. It helps having half-Japanese kids clearly!!!

The long awaited Rakuya Menu

Rakuya menu 1st page
Rakuya Bar Bites Menu
Rakuya Sushi Menu
Rakuya set lunch menu
Rakuya Omakase menu Rakuya Review at Katong

Rakuya Delivery Menu

Rakuya takeaway menu

Rakuya Special Menu Options & Raukya Happy Hour

Rakuya Chef Customisation Menu
17-May-sake-sampler Rakuya

Our conclusion of our little Rakuya Review at Katong

Rakuya Sake Bar

I feel a proper date night coming on with some Japanese Whiskey and Sake tasting with wifey. A nice little bar for that. Watch on for the next blog…

And that was that. One of our last wifey & hubby date lunches was over for this round of gardening leave. This was a new one again for us generating this new Rakuya Review at Katong. I have to say despite it being ‘bespoke’ in that Japanese Omakase style it was extremely reasonable on the pocket and bloody good for the taste buds.

The only bitch I have was the chewy Wagyu.

We really liked this place though, the vibe, the interactions, and of course the food. It really was damned fine Japanese dining at its best.

OK, OK one more bitch. No beer at all when we visited. I am hoping that was just an early doors Covid/supply chain glitch. None on tap and none in bottles, but a million bottles of whiskey and Sake. Deary me!!! Anyways that aside you should surely pop your nose in here as it is quality Katong food. A stand out from the norm. Let the Chef take you on an Omakase journey you have never been on before. Yeah, that’s the spirit.


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