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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant (ZhongShan Mall)

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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant live to serve everyone better each day. We take our service and food quality very seriously and take pride in having created and preserved, for the past 32 years as an original Japanese dining experience in Singapore giving Japanese food connoisseurs to enjoy our typical Kanto cuisine delivered in the casual yet elegant Izakaya style setting.

Daily: 11:30 - 14:30

Daily: 17:30 - 22:30

+65 67348850
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Surprisingly good Japanese food. Better than benchmark

For pictures: http://hungryinsingapore.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/kotobuki/

I am usually skeptical of Japanese restaurants like this but this proved otherwise. It was quite authentic to true Japanese style and the cooking was homely and good. The selection of raw fish isn't big but they are adequate and fresh.

I usually order the sashimi don and the best fish is the hamachi (yellow tail) which was fatty enough. 

I do like their cooked dishes too and they used to have a daily bento but not anymore.

Generally I think the standard here is better than sushi tei and is a hidden find!


There's 20% off during lunch on weekdays and before 7pm.

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• 29 Aug 2014 • 153 reviews • 2 followers

Surprisingly good Japanese food. Better than benchmark

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For pictures: http://hungryinsingapore.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/kotobuki/

I am usually skeptical of Japanese restaurants like this but this proved otherwise. It was quite authentic to true Japanese style and the cooking was homely and good. The selection of raw fish isn't big but they are adequate and fresh.

I usually order the sashimi don and the best fish is the hamachi (yellow tail) which was fatty enough. 

I do like their cooked dishes too and they used to have a daily bento but not anymore.

Generally I think the standard here is better than sushi tei and is a hidden find!


There's 20% off during lunch on weekdays and before 7pm.

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• 27 May 2014 • 148 reviews • 7 followers

A good option if you're in Zhongshan Park

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For the full review with pictures, see here.   This is a Japanese restaurant in Zhongshan Park with reasonable prices and average to decent Japanese food.   Ordered my favourite Japanese food item here – dashimaki tamago. Not as good as Rakuichi’s, but decent enough.   The Yaki Gyoza were bad – skin too thick, hardly crisped, filling was not fresh. Oh well! Now you know.   We had this lovely grilled mentaiko cheese potato which is the first of its kind I’ve ever had and it’s delicious! I know Singaporeans don’t really like carb-y starters but this was really worth it.   The Yakisoba was also rather nice – springy noodles with a good serving of red ginger, chicken, and eggs.   They have a really extensive menu, somewhat like Shin Kushiya, which features a whole lot of skewers. We ordered the skewer platter, out of which the best skewers were the chicken wing one, which is excellent with a drizzle of lemon juice.      We also had the bacon wrapped asparagus, chicken skin, chicken balls, and bacon wrapped enoki. They were perfectly grilled, although I think the yakitori chicken can be better seasoned. Still haven’t found a yakitori seasoning that is better than Tori-Q’s   For dessert we had their crepe cake with chocolate fudge:   It was the first time either of us had ever tried a crepe cake, and we liked it quite a lot! Since then we’ve had the one from Awfully chocolate (very nice), but haven’t yet had a chance to try the famous one that has several flavours like cookies n cream and matcha in the Raffles City basement/Ion basement.   All in all, I really like this place, but it’s not super outstanding as far as Japanese restaurants go. Just that if you are stuck in Zhong Shan park, it’s worth consideration.
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• 27 May 2014 • 148 reviews • 7 followers

A good option to dine at if you're in Zhongshan Park

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For the full review with pictures, see here.   This is a Japanese restaurant in Zhongshan Park with reasonable prices (compared to the surrounding restaurants) and average to decent Japanese food.   Ordered my favourite Japanese food item here – dashimaki tamago. Not as good as Rakuichi’s, but decent enough.   The Yaki Gyoza were bad – skin too thick, hardly crisped, filling was not fresh. Oh well! Now you know.   We had this lovely grilled mentaiko cheese potato which is the first of its kind I’ve ever had and it’s delicious! I know Singaporeans don’t really like carb-y starters but this was really worth it.   The Yakisoba was also rather nice – springy noodles with a good serving of red ginger, chicken, and eggs.   They have a really extensive menu, somewhat like Shin Kushiya, which features a whole lot of skewers. We ordered the skewer platter, out of which the best skewers were the chicken wing one, which is excellent with a drizzle of lemon juice.      We also had the bacon wrapped asparagus, chicken skin, chicken balls, and bacon wrapped enoki. They were perfectly grilled, although I think the yakitori chicken can be better seasoned. Still haven’t found a yakitori seasoning that is better than Tori-Q’s   For dessert we had their crepe cake with chocolate fudge:   It was the first time either of us had ever tried a crepe cake, and we liked it quite a lot! Since then we’ve had the one from Awfully chocolate (very nice), but haven’t yet had a chance to try the famous one that has several flavours like cookies n cream and matcha in the Raffles City basement/Ion basement.   All in all, I really like this place, but it’s not super outstanding as far as Japanese restaurants go. Just that if you are stuck in Zhong Shan park, it’s worth consideration.
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