Nigiro Cafe @ Esplanade


Nigiro Cafe has proudly launched their second outlet, located at Esplanade Mall. A specialist in Japanese-Italian cuisines, the cafe is helmed by Chef Takashima Osamu who is trained by the lauded Chef Kensuke Sakai in Japan. Both outlets have slightly differing menus – you can read our first Nigiro Cafe post at Suntec City here – and we daresay this new outlet could actually be more outstanding than the first one.

– Gail & Jem

nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singaporeDrinks

Lemongrass Ceylon Tea – $7nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singaporeOther alternatives include: Hybiscus Mint Tea and Roseberry Tea, also at $7 each.

Organic Blueberry Merlot – $7.50nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singapore


Cobb Salad – $16nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singapore nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singaporeG & J: This is a wonderfully created salad that aims to be well-loved by everyone. Why? Because there is bacon and block bacon for the meat lovers, and hard-boiled egg, tomato, turnip, avocado and cucumber for the veggie-lovers! The matching sauces help to bring out the flavours of the numerous ingredients in there. Definitely a must-order dish.


Hamburger Steak – $25nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singaporeG: I’m not usually a beef patty fan, but this one did not taste processed nor hard. It is accompanied by an onsen egg, rice, and two layers of cheese: mozzarella and emmental. Melted down with white wine.

J: A satisfying slab of beef steak!

Onsen Tamago Carbonara – $20nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singaporeJ: Ribbons of al dente pasta soused in a rich creamy sauce, with an onsen tamago as finishing. Best to share or else it might get too heavy!

Mentaiko Potato Pizza – $19nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singaporeG & J: The mentaiko wasn’t prominent enough in this dish, what a pity! The pizza tasted more of potato than anything else, and was a tad too salty. We like that the crust is crispy and thin though.

Hokkaido Pasta – $26nigiro cafe esplanade review by projectweekends singaporeG & J: If you like fresh seafood, you’ll love this. This pasta comes with Hokkaido snow crab meat and uni (sea urchin), clams and prawns. Drenched in a prawn-based broth, this is extremely addictive.

Nigiro Cafe exceeded our expectations this time round; kudos to Chef Osamu. Most dishes were well-received, with just a couple of misses. They are a work in progress, so we look forward to more robust and flavourful dishes to come in the future.

Read also: Nigiro Cafe @ Suntec City


Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Ave
#02-14 S(038983)

Tel: 62381669

Opening Hours:
Sun – Thurs 11.30am to 11pm
Fri & Sat 11.30am – 1am

You can also find them on Instagram and at their website.

* This is an invited media tasting by Nigiro Cafe.

Worth Trying

Average cost per pax: $15 - $30

What you should order: Cobb Salad, Hamburger Steak and Hokkaido Pasta.

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Gail & Jem are personalities hailing from sunny singapore and are game for all sorts of adventures. Freshly graduated from Nanyang Technological University, they've got real day jobs, but more than often Gail writes, and Jem takes photos. It's their favourite hobby. Whatever you need, they've got it.

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