Tanuki Raw is a bar & restaurant in Orchard Central best known for their Happy Hour. They serve Japanese inspired tapas food, with modern creative sushi rolls, sashimi platters, fried food & rice bowls. Tanuki is most famous for their fresh raw oysters that can go for 2 bucks a piece during Happy Hour. It’s no wonder Tanuki is a favourite after-work hangout place for working adults.
The whole look of Tanuki seems very inspired by Japanese fish markets. Concrete counters, dim yellow lighting from vintage hanging lamps, metal framed urban chairs. It all ties in very nicely to what Tanuki is all about, which is mostly fresh raw food & raw oysters. There is also a outdoor area to Tanuki, where you can enjoy the scenery of Orchard Road during the night (or day) while enjoying a drink. I went to Tanuki at around 5pm, when their Happy Hour just started. When I left and walked around Orchard Central, I passed by Tanuki again at around 6.30pm and it was filled to the brim with people. So definitely best to go early before the work crowd gets in.
Tanuki Raw is best known for their Happy Hour. Anyone and everyone who has gone to Tanuki Raw will definitely mention their Happy Hour, which is 5pm to 8pm daily. This is when you can get fresh raw oysters at only 2 bucks each with any alcoholic drink you order. (Half a dozen oysters for every one alcoholic drink.) Quite a steal. Their oysters are REALLY fresh, anyone who doesn’t really like them should try Tanuki’s. I’m usually the type that isn’t such a fan of raw oysters, but Tanuki’s really blew me away with its freshness. Highly recommended! I would have gone for a dozen. (Of course eating raw shellfish is never something 100% safe, so take note. I was slightly weary because of the other reviews I’ve read that state negative comments because they had bad shellfish. Luckily I did not have a bad experience.)
If raw oysters aren’t your forte, Tanuki also has a wide array of Japanese rolls, rice bowls & their own creative modern inspired bites such as the “Steak Tartar”. You can have a little gander at what else Tanuki serves on their menu here.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Tanuki is definitely a place that is a must to visit during their Happy Hour. If you enjoy fresh raw oysters, alcoholic drinks/martinis or really good Japanese food, this is the place for you. It’s a great hangout spot for the working adult or with friends. Prices for their food is quite above average, though they are of pretty good quality & they are served with great presentation. I would think of Tanuki’s as more of a place to enjoy a drink with the occasional tapas to share, and not a place to eat a proper meal. (Unless you go during the day and order their rice bowls.) I would love to go back to Tanuki again for their Happy Hour oysters, I have been wanting to go back since my first visit.
181 Orchard Road, #02-03, Singapore, Singapore 238896
(Nearest train station: Somerset)
11:30 AM – 10:30 PM daily
5 PM – 8 PM Happy Hour daily
Last order of food at 9:45 PM and
drinks at 10:15 PM