What’s not to love about donburis? Carb-loaded, filled to the brim with savoury meats, and topped off with a creamy onsen egg, they’re a healthier, no-frills alternative to teppanyaki and Pepper Lunch’s hotplates. One hearty, delicious bowl is enough to encompass the best of Japanese cuisine. If you’ve been craving one of these fuss-free dons, here’s a list of the 11 Donburi Delivery Restaurants in Singapore that deliver straight to your doorstep!
1. Man Man Unagi Restaurant
When you think of Man Man Unagi Restaurant, what comes to mind is most likely the snaking queues at their Keong Saik outlet, where diners eagerly await a taste of Man Man’s famed unagi-dons. Their signature dish is the Hitsumabushi ($34), which has amassed quite a cult following for its unbeatable taste. After being skewered and grilled, the unagi is doused in tare (soy sauce mixed with mirin and brown sugar). Then, it is flame-broiled to create that sinfully charred taste.
Aburi, meaning “flame-seared”, is a way of meat-grilling that results in that seared, smoky flavour. And certainly, it is a technique that Aburi-EN has perfected. They utilise binchotan, odourless Japanese white charcoal, ensuring that the natural flavours of the food aren’t masked. Aburi-EN serves a fine selection of Japanese and Australian wagyu, including the highly acclaimed A4/A5 Miyazaki wagyu.
The Wagyu Karubi Don ($22.40) is one of their top-selling dishes, made with Australian wagyu karubi. Known for being more marbled than most cuts, these slabs of beef are marinated in a soy-based “Miyazaki sauce”, one of their Aburi-EN’s house sauces.
Accompanied by Yamagata Haenuki rice and nutty light brown mushrooms, this donburi is definitely value-for-money with such high-quality ingredients. Add an Okinawa Onsen Tamago to complement the savoury, melt-in-your-mouth beef. For those looking to switch it up, try the Premium Buta Bara Don ($19.20), which features Spain-imported chestnut-fed pork belly coated in their special sauce, each tender strip exuding a fragrant smokiness.
It’s always a struggle to find yummy yet pocket-friendly Japanese food, but that’s where YAYOI comes in. They specialise in teishoku style meals—a type of Japanese set meal—where all the dishes in the course are served together as a set. With a main, soup, rice and pickles, donburi deliveries are perfect for a well-balanced lunch at home.
One of their bestsellers is the Shogayaki Don ($13.90), consisting of stir-fried pork belly slices and beansprouts in ginger sauce. The tender slices are saturated with the piquant ginger flavours, making for a simple yet tasty dish. If you prefer chicken donburis, go for their Chicken Teriyaki Don ($13.90) or the classic Oyako Don ($10.90).
4. Fat Sumo
Tired of home cooking? From the creators behind well-loved restaurants like Fat Cow, Oriole and the Marmalade Pantry, Fat Sumo aims to bring maximum enjoyment to customers with minimal fuss. Their top-seller is the delicious, no-frills Chicken Cutlet Donburi ($15). Featuring crispy chicken cutlet over fragrant Japanese steamed rice and toasted sesame seeds, it’s sure to satiate your cravings.
The chef’s signature Wagyu Beef Donburi ($19) comes with a hearty serving of grilled wagyu beef, succulent and savoury for you to relish in. The Fried Ebi Donburi ($17) is also a must-try. Be blown away with fresh crispy prawn fritters coated with Panko breadcrumbs and fried till golden brown perfection! Spoilt for choice? Opt for the Fat Sumo Bundle ($35) exclusive to Oddle, which offers a set for two with a choice of two donburis and two drinks. Great for sharing!
5. Ichiban Sushi
I’m sure you’re no stranger to Ichiban Sushi, a household name for fun and casual Japanese dining with their conveyor belts and an extensive range of set meals. If you’re a meat-lover, go for the Gyu Teriyaki Don ($13.37), which comes with beef slices marinated in a black pepper teriyaki sauce, garlic, vegetables, and a bowl of miso soup to wash it all down.
Another popular pick is the Ichiban Don ($16.74), packed with thick slices of fresh salmon sashimi. Paired with miso soup, this one’s a classic that you can’t go wrong with. Plus, don’t forget to give the Chicken Katsu Don and pork cutlet a try too!
Pioneering a unique all-in-one dining concept, Unlisted Collection’s restaurant Bincho seeks to tie Singapore’s past with the present—a 70-year old mee pok stall by day and Japanese-style dining destination by night.
One of their signature donburis is the Kaisen Bara Chirashi Don ($45). Serving up fresh slices of premium sashimi, it’s a haven for sashimi lovers and Tanuki Raw fans. For cheaper chicken alternatives for donburi deliveries to your home, the Yakitori Don ($25) and Oyako Don ($25) are definitely a bang for your buck.
7. IKKI Izakaya
Branding itself as a modern izakaya (loosely translated as “drinking house”),IKKI Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant serving a wide variety of food and alcohol. Their Honey Glazed Pork Don ($15) comes with a generous serving of honey-glazed pork belly, an ajitsuke tamago resting on a bed of vegetables atop fragrant Japanese rice.
Liberally drizzled with mentaiko sauce, the Mentai Salmon Don ($16) will surely be a hit among fans of the umami-flavoured pollock roe dressing. Besides donburis, IKKI Izakaya also has a range of other sashimi and meat dishes, ensuring something for everyone.
Opened in Singapore in 1983, Nanbantei specialises in authentic Japanese yakitori, chargrilled to perfection. Apart from yakitori, their donburis are a big hit with patrons, with high-quality ingredients like wagyu beef and kurobuta pork. One of their specialities is the Truffle Kurobuta Don ($20), which consists of charcoal-grilled Black Iberico Pork slices tossed with aromatic truffle oil and past. The don is topped with onsen egg, nori and pickles.
Nanbantei is known for their yakitori and you have to give their Yakitori Don ($16) a try. It is complete with signature assorted yakitori including tsukune (chicken meatball), negima (chicken thighs and scallions), eringi mushroom, pork asparagus & salmon.To sweeten the deal, they have three donburi bundles of different sizes, that come with fried appetisers, side dishes and drinks.
9. Tamashii Robataya
Established in Singapore in 2012, Tamashii Robataya prides itself on using only the freshest Japanese ingredients. Sashimi-lovers, look no further than the Chirashi Don ($55), which features the freshest seasonal raw fish in the restaurant.
Another crowd favourite is their Signature Gyu Don ($64). Made with A5 Saga Beef, and paired with an onsen egg and topped with redolent black truffle shavings… talk about indulgent!
10. SUN with MOON Japanese Dining & Cafe
Presetning the epitome of Japanese savoir-faire, SUN with MOON Japanese Dining & Cafe. Executive Chef Toshio Sawai aims to combine authentic traditional Japanese fare with modern Japanese dishes, to create contemporary cuisine with high-quality ingredients.
You can’t go wrong with their Tokusen Tendon Set ($29.80), which features deep-fried battered snow crab leg, prawns, fish and vegetables served on Japanese rice, crisped to perfection. Plus, give the Aburi Kaisen Bara Chirashi Lunch Set ($32.80) a go. The donburi features flame-seared diced salmon, grilled eel, scallop, prawn, salmon roe, flying fish roe, avocado and tamago, served alongside miso soup and grilled salmon belly teriyaki.
11. MARUKYU Japanese Dining
With over 25 years of experience in Japanese haute cuisine, Executive Chef Derrick Lau opened MARUKYU Japanese Dining, a fine dining experience serving up omakase and more.
MARUKYU’s house signature is the Special Chirashi Sushi Rice Bento ($38),featuring sushi rice topped with a variety of sliced premium sashimi, alongside a small platter of sea-fresh fish. The Tendon ($15) consists of varied deep-fried tempura atop fragrant Japanese rice. Another popular donburi is their Tori Mentai Don ($15). With deep-fried chicken karaage drizzled with savoury mentaiko sauce and served on Japanese rice, it’s one for mentaiko lovers out there.