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“Yum Yum for Freshness”
Review of Waku Ghin

Waku Ghin
Ranked #191 of 10,933 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Marina Bay
Description: Waku Ghin, recently ranked 39th on the coveted 'World's 50 Best Restaurants' list. The name 'Waku Ghin' is derived from two Japanese words: ‘Waku’ means to 'arise' (like water pouring forth from a hot spring) and 'Ghin' means 'silver', which is Chef Tetsuya's favorite color found throughout this stunning restaurant. That same personal imprint and attention to detail is also on exhibit in the main dining room which seats 25 guests per seating, for an exclusive view of the Singapore skyline. Chef Tetsuya is the first person appointed Sake Ambassador outside of Japan, making his selection the best in the world.
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Yum Yum for Freshness”
Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

I don't like its location, walking past the Casino to get to the restaurant didn't do that much for me, casinos aren't my thing. The restaurant is designed so that you get to sit at a counter in one of about half dozen rooms that seats probably up to about 12 people, which is nice and intimate, watching the food being cooked in front of you, I love that. Food was presented to you in its unprepared state and you were told about its origin. Each dish once cooked and served came with a full explanation of the ingredients. The freshness of the food was outstanding. Each dish was presented in such away that your taste buds were screaming out Yum Yum. For dessert you were escorted to a table that overlooked the city which was gorgeous and got to see an amazing light show, very spectacular. I loved every dish that was served to me, flavours were amazing, especially the Ohmi Wagyu, that was just delicious. You are definitely paying for the incredibly fresh ingredients, but the wine was way too expensive, over the top. Would I go back......maybe, maybe not. Service was excellent, but I would expect nothing less for the price. For similar price I personally would always return to the Tippling Club though. That's my favourite.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Liz H
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New York, New York
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fabulous experience, delicious food”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is certainly an expensive dinner, so be prepared... but if you can afford to splurge, then don't hesitate! It is a different experience than what you might expect from most restaurants. You are seated at a bar with each course being prepared in front of you. The food speaks for itself - Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Oscietra Caviar, Tasmanian Abalone with Aonori, Braised Canadian Lobster with Couscous and Tajine Spice - are a few examples and are all delicious. The Wagyu Beef course was seriously one of the best things I have ever tasted. The staff is friendly and attentive. When it comes time for desert, you are moved to a table in a different room where you are able to enjoy a nice view as you complete your meal. Do it!

Visited April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
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“best restaurant in Singapore”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

Awesome food and excellent service. Each course was amazing and spectacular. Much better than Tetsuya at Sydney. The chef himself was very friendly and it was a truly wonderful meal.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank styc
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Level 2 Contributor
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7 restaurant reviews
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“One of the best Japanese food”
Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

If you are looking for delicious food - waku ghin is the one! I have a feeling it's the type of food that would hardly even be the subject of debate as I enjoyed almost every bite through each of the courses. While the price levels are admittedly too high for me, would not mind eating there again for a very special occasion. Excellent job to whoever is behind Waku Ghin. Keep it up!!!

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Cheynne88
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Fabulous Meal”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

We went along on a Saturday night when staying in Singapore for the weekend.

What a wonderful experience. We've been to Tetsuya's years ago and loved it. This is certainly different.

You are seated in a small room at a tepanyaki bar and you have dinner with 4 others. We were forewarned about this possibility. We had a lovely couple next to us who were also celebrating a birthday. The couple on the end seemed nice enough but were a little loud and intrusive, but generally were fine.

We did the set menu with the wine pairing. Staff were attentive and asked about allegies and dislikes ahead of time.

Fabulous! It was beautifully prepared and presented. They rely on the freshness and quality of their ingredients to make the dish. And what quality they are.
I actually enjoyed Abalone for the first time. We both enjoyed every dish served.

The wine pairing was very good and complimented the foods brilliantly. I'm not a sake drinker so they substituted any sake pairing with a wine.

Friendly, attentive and professional. Sometimes almost too efficient with the taking plates away and putting new things in front of you but it's a minor thing.

Liked it. It's dark but not cold. The smaller room idea is a good one.

It is expensive. It was somewhere we went as a treat. It is not somewhere you plan to go for the sake of it. Saying that though, we thought it was worth it and would do it again.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank JPMKing
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