A bento box is a Japanese concept of a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal, commonly for lunch. As rice is a typical staple food in the region, it is widespread outside of Japan in other East and Southeast Asian culinary traditions, particularly within Chinese, Korean, and Singaporean cuisines. Bento is from the Chinese word biandang, which means “convenience” or “conveniences.”
Because of its convenience, it’s becoming a popular concept across the country. And below are the top places to get bento boxes in Singapore.
Best Bento Box Restaurants in Singapore
|Price Range||Starts at $18.08 for Value Set A|
– Silver Fish and Chicken Fried Rice
– Signature Meat & Seafood Roll x3
– Omelette x1
– Braised Peanut
|Cuisine||Singaporean / Chinese Cuisines|
22 Jalan Tampang (Opp Sembawang Shopping Centre) Singapore 758966
+65 6257 2002
83 Punggol Central, #B1-12 Singapore 828761
+65 6702 2002
30 Sembawang Drive, #03-12, Sunplaza,
+65 6483 2002
Jewel Changi Airport
78 Airport Boulevard #B1-245-246
+65 6904 2202
2 Jurong East Street 21, #02-24,
+65 6264 2002
3 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City,
Fountain Court, #B1-131, Singapore 038983
Tampines Mall (White Express)
4 Tampines Central 5, Tampines Mall, #B1-K17, Singapore 529510
+65 6257 2002
The White Restaurant (knowns as The Original Sembawang White Bee Hoon) is known for its signature white beehoon dish. But aside from their signature dish, they are also offering bento boxes. They have six types of Bento boxes as per their official website, and they deliver nationwide with a minimum order of $50.
Some of their bento boxes are a set of their signature white beehoon, fried chicken wings, meal and seafood rolls, and braised peanuts. If you prefer rice, they have sets with chicken fried rice or mixed bean fried rice. They are also offering Bento catering for corporate functions and group set deliveries.
We dropped by for dinner after a hiatus during covid. We noticed that the place has been renovated or refreshed. The menu looks updated as well and the service is more organized. As for the food, the white Bee Hoon still tastes like the original and goes well with green chilli’s, available by the side, self-served. The meat roll is a tad weak but manageable. Greens, bean curd, sotong are equally good. – Chee Siong Ong
|Price Range||Starts at $88|
|Cuisine||Japanese omakase sushi restaurant|
|Contact Details||+65 8737 4366|
|Address||331 North Bridge Road 01-04 Odeon Towers Singapore 188720|
The Edo-era Japanese art of Edomae sushi is honored at the modern Japanese omakase sushi establishment Shinsora. Shinsora serves exquisite sushi bento boxes made from the finest ingredients and prepared using age-old techniques. The restaurant, which offers a pleasant dining experience from the comfort of their own homes, is run by the talented sushi chefs Sky Tai Koon Siang and Leon Yap, along with their staff.
We went there without any occasion. The summer food menu is fantastic and chefs are nice and friendly. Good introduction of the food and efforts made. Hope to go try their winter menu next time! – Jasmine Lim
|Price Range||Starts at $19.00 for Grilled Salmon Teriyaki served with rice, pickles and appetizer of the day.|
|Contact Details||+65 6733 5666|
133 New Bridge Road #02-40
Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
+65 6443 5659
+65 6443 5649
Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road #05-132
Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213
+65 6733 5666
+65 6738 7470
You can get an ORIGINAL taste of the yakitori culture at Nanbantei. They are one of Singapore’s first and possibly oldest Japanese Yakitori restaurants. They opened their first location in 1983, tucked away on the fifth floor of Far East Plaza. In 2016, their second location opened in Chinatown Point.
Along with a variety of bento sets, they provide a large selection of skewered meats, seafood, and vegetables that can be ordered à la carte. Their meat is expertly seasoned and tenderly grilled over charcoal, and the quality shows in every juicy bite.
Top-of-the-line Yakitori restaurant, small but nice and cozy. Really good service and most of all, great food. But be prepared to queue…best to call ahead and make reservations – GK Soh
|Price Range||Starts at $33 for a Minced Wagyu Curry & Black Pork Cutlet Set.|
|Contact Details||+65 6736 0888|
|Address||1 Kim Seng Promenade #01-127 Great World, Singapore, Singapore|
Japanese cuisine is always a good choice when you want to eat delicious food while keeping your distance from other people. The culinary team has thankfully created a variety of tempting bento options to suit your preferences.
You’ll be happy to know that it comes with your choice of Iberico pork, salmon belly with teriyaki, grilled yellowtail, or prawn tempura. The final touches include the usual edamame, pickles, steamed egg custard, and a complimentary beverage.
Wonderful service, nice staff, and good menu selection. The salt & pepper grilled pork was my favorite. The menu may sound basic but it was cooked just right – portion, flavor, juiciness, side veggie were just right. Everything were made with fresh ingredients, besides one of the tempuras (fish) had a bit of a fishy smell. The porridge that comes with the shabu-shabu set was cooked it in front of us by a friendly staff, and the porridge was very refreshing – Supatha
|Price Range||Starts at $24 for 4 proper hand rolls|
Hotatem Kanpachi, Salmon & Aburi Engawa
|Address||52 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089516|
Put some effort into creating your own sushi roll using The Rappu 6. This bento set includes six of the handrail bar’s most well-known dishes, as its name implies: scallops, kanpachi, salmon, fatty tuna, crab, and creamy engawa or flounder fluke fish. Alternately, try the High Roller ($93), which is adorned with wagyu, uni, caviar, and other delicacies. Both sets also include sake to complement the meal.
High quality ingredients, great ambiance, superior service. I recommended this restaurant to all of my friends. The only minor call out would be the very loud music on the night of my visit, quite hard to maintain a conversation or hear your server describing dishes. – Zef Mrb
|Price Range||Starts at $28 for Miso Cod Fish Bento|
|Cuisine||Fine Japanese cuisine|
|Contact Details||+65 9168 2639|
|Address||Downtown Gallery #01-09/10 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815|
Takayama is a culinary adventure with roots in high-quality Japanese food. This well-known restaurant is run by chef Taro Takayama, who has experience working in three-star Michelin restaurants and serving celebrities and members of the royal family, including Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Love the food and service here. Great quality and consistency – been here a few times now. The raw items were fresh and paired well with various condiments. The cooked items were fantastic and the flavors will leave you wanting more. The drink selection is good too. Overall fantastic experience dining here and highly recommended. – AC
|Price Range||Price starts at 11.89 for a Nasi Kampung Set|
|Cuisine||Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine bento box|
IndoChili Zion Road +65 6445 1766
IndoChili Tanjong Pagar: +65 6386 6427
|Address||IndoChili Zion Road|
54 Zion Road. Singapore 247779 (Opposite Great World Mall)
IndoChili Tanjong Pagar
7 Wallich Street #B1-03.Singapore 078884
Bento boxes are commonly used in IndoChili to represent the cuisines of Malaysia and Indonesia.
They believe their cuisine is a beautiful treat that will satisfy your taste buds and restore your sense of taste because it is made from traditional Indonesian recipes enhanced with fresh spices. They prepare their food following traditional Indonesian recipes and add flavourful fresh ingredients. As part of its commitment to giving you a healthier and more nutrient-dense authentic Indonesian meal, Indochilli does not use MSG.
Bento Boxes from IndoChili’s catering menu are perfect for office parties, team meetings, staff lunches, and other events. Meals from their menu are available at various prices, serving sizes, and delivery windows. Additionally, meals from IndoChili are vegetarian-friendly and halal-approved.
Delicious and authentic! They are not as salty or oily as other Indonesian restaurants! Balanced flavors and fresh ingredients are used. I enjoyed the ambiance, it has a Bali vibe. Looking forward to trying other dishes next time! – Clare L
|Price Range||$ 129.00 for the Lacquered Bento Box Experience.|
|Cuisine||Fine Japanese cuisine|
#B2-47 5 Straits View Singapore 018935
+65 8754 7796
#01-04 331 North Bridge Road Singapore 188720
+65 6333 1335
The Standing Sushi Bar offers an elevated dining experience with a comprehensive menu that includes classic options like robatayaki, tempura, and sashimi. It was inspired by the standing sushi bars in Tokyo. The Lacquered Bento Box Experience the sushi bar’s newest concept in the epidemic, offers a private home dining experience with the best food from the establishment. A Japanese tuna-sashimi platter with otoro, chutoro, and akami, as well as an assortment of sushi courses and mouthwatering side dishes, are available for diners to choose from.
With a comprehensive menu that features classic options like robatayaki, tempura, and sashimi, this restaurant, inspired by the standing sushi bars in Tokyo, offers an elevated dining experience.
The Lacquered Bento Box Experience, the sushi bar’s newest concept in the epidemic, offers a private home dining experience with the best food from the establishment.
A Japanese tuna-sashimi platter with otoro, chutoro, and akami, as well as an assortment of sushi courses and mouthwatering side dishes, are available for diners to choose from.
The queue was pretty long for walk-in but really worth the money you pay for. My first time eating here after hearing many good reviews on it and I must say I’m truly impressed. The seafood is fresh and the tofu cheesecake was good too. I’m excited to come back again, definitely recommend it. – Rachel Alison
|Price Range||Starts at $58 for a Surf & Turf Bento|
Yakiniku Wagyu, Hokkaido Scallop with Mentaiko, Ikura, Tamago Yaki and Goma
|Cuisine||A beef-focused restaurant|
|Contact Details||+65 6732 0702|
|Address||30 Stevens Road #01-08, Singapore 257840|
The Gyu Bar, a Japanese yakiniku restaurant, does offer a delicious platter of premium wagyu beef. You can also choose from one of their lovely bento boxes. Wagyu Uni Chirashi Bento is a stack of wagyu, Hokkaido uni, ikura, tamago, yaki, and goma with marinated, grilled marble beef cubes. They also have truffle Wagyu Sirloin Sukiyaki Bento ($54.20) which is a stunning bento with wagyu sirloin sukiyaki, sliced truffle, ikura, goma, and an onsen egg with truffle rice.
Good quality of beef served. The wagyu platter gives a good variety of beef cuts for tasting. You can request the chef to grill the meat if you do not want to bbq it yourself. – Aileen Chin
This concludes our list of Singapore’s finest bento boxes. Make sure to try one of the outlets’ mentions on top and let us know which is the best, and if you know other places that serve the bento boxes, share them with us so we can update the post.
If you are craving for more Japanese food, you can check our listing of the 30 Best Japanese Restaurants in Singapore.
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