Ikigai, a contemporary izakaya nestled in the heart of Singapore, is poised to revolutionise the Japanese dining scene with its unparalleled culinary offerings, traditional sake, picturesque ambience, and captivating live performances. Embracing the essence of the Japanese concept of “ikigai” meaning “reason for being”, this restaurant aims to elevate the traditional Japanese dining experience to dazzling new heights. Since its inception in 2021, Ikigai has captivated guests with its vibrant outdoor ambience, local live bands, stand-up comedy acts, and an extensive selection of tempting food and beverage options.
Situated along the tranquil Singapore River, Ikigai offers a picturesque alfresco dining area that overlooks the mesmerising waterscape. For those seeking an indoor experience, the restaurant presents a stylish, air-conditioned interior adorned with an industrial-themed ambience. The space is thoughtfully designed to be modular, ensuring flexibility to create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion. With nature as its backdrop and the gentle flow of water symbolising the essence of life in Japanese culture, the place harmonises the balance between “Yin and Yang.”
At Ikigai, each dish is a testament to authenticity and passion, transporting diners to the heart of Japan with every bite. From timeless classics to innovative creations, the culinary repertoire at Ikigai is a symphony of flavours and textures that harmoniously dance on your palate. The highly skilled culinary team meticulously crafts each dish using only the finest ingredients sourced directly from Japan. Indulge in the mouthwatering Gyu Saikoro Steak, featuring tender diced beef steak cooked in garlic-infused oil and garnished with daikon and ponzu soy sauce. Savour the perfectly grilled Yakitori skewers or relish the tantalising Dragon Roll, an enticing fusion of succulent prawns, creamy avocado, and crisp cucumber. Ikigai caters to even the most discerning palates with an extensive range of dishes, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.
To complement the culinary journey, Ikigai presents an exceptional selection of sake. Guests will surely delight in the simplicity and lightness of Nihon Sakari Nigiwai, experience the mild rice sweetness with notes of vanilla and cedar in Kiminoi Honjozo Josen, or savour the smooth and refreshing Imayotsukasa Junmai. For sake enthusiasts, Ikigai’s latest Sake Buffet allows visitors to enjoy two hours of free-flow sake from Thursdays to Saturdays during opening hours.
As the evening unfolds, Ikigai unveils an array of captivating live performances. The space features the Kumar Show, Singapore’s beloved Queen of Comedy, every Monday, with occasional performances on Tuesdays. Kumar’s unique blend of quirky racial and political humour guarantees an evening filled with laughter and excitement as the night progresses.
On Wednesdays, groove to the soulful melodies and popular hits performed by the talented Hadi & AL, while on Thursdays, treat yourself to the captivating tunes of Rahila & Sures. On weekends, Ikigai transforms into Club iKi, starting from 10 pm onward, hosting legendary DJs like Sebastian Leger, Gui Boratto, and Sasha. Collaborating with local collectives such as Blackout, Darker Than Wax, Get Real, LOS, and Strange Weather, Club iKi proudly supports the local dance scene.
Conveniently located at The Riverwalk in the heart of Singapore, Ikigai welcomes guests from Mondays to Thursdays, operating from 3 pm to 12 am and on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 pm to 11 pm. On Fridays, the excitement continues as Ikigai transforms into an intimate dance club, Club Iki, from 11 pm to 3 am, while on Saturdays, the festivities extend till 4 am.
For more information or to book your exceptional Izakaya experience, visit https://ikigai.sg/