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80 Airport Boulevard Changi Airport Terminal 1 Departure Check-in Hall Level 3 # 031 004, Singapore 819642, Singapore
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Bali, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

every time I go to Singapore, i will go to Saboten, Tonkatsu is so yummy and serving with plenty cutting cabbage is very japanese.

Thank Makiko O
Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Located near the check in area terminal of terminal 1. The three of us ordered the Katsudon, Loin Katsu and Saba. The Katsudon and Service were both good and everything else was average. Nothing to fuzz about.

Thank Bent G
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Tonkatsu was great, with free flow of rice, miso soup and cabbage. But the queue was super long. And some tables were empty and some were not cleared yet. Poor eating environment and poor service too.

Thank Allison K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

We visited on a weekday to beat the line and avoid the crowd on weekends. It is extremely crowded everytime we passed it. Taste: one of the best Japanese fried food for Singaporean standards; although good but not worth a daily visit. Would return probably every quarter or bi yearly. The taste is so rich that the food will repeat... More 

Thank sKinnyPig
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Nothing like some fried food with curry gravy or egg sauce. For a decent price, there is an entire set menu including free flow cabbage. However, if you do not eat tonkatsu, there is absolutely NOTIHNG else on the menu - so be warned. Children's menu a bit uninspiring. Service was good even though they were very busy.

Thank youke_worldwide
Singapore, Singapore
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26 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

I ordered the special "snowcrab and pork tenderloin". In terms of crispness, nothing to complain. But in terms of flavor, I could barely taste any crab -it could have as easily been surimi-. Same story for the pork loin, which was fairly insipid and served with a tartar-like sauce, picture the McDonald filet o fish one. Add a staff, full... More 

Thank FedwardHyde
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

A bit expensive but food is good. Service is not so good as expected because there are some untrained staffs working.

Thank Miguel H
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

Well-executed tonkatsu in general. Love the fresh cabbage which makes a great cooling foil against the deep-fried items. Pretty family friendly. They have kids meals here too.

Thank Camemberu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

Tired, perhaps slightly hung over and don't want to eat airplane food - tonkatsu set for ~30SGD including cabbage refill, pickles, miso soup and starter nibbles will fill you up and was good quality.

Thank Jay H
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Service is usually slow and staff are not usually attentive. However, food quality is usually good and I like the cabbage and its dressing - yummy! Usually visit before or after my flight. They have outlets in Jurong East and Somerset too.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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  • Address: 80 Airport Boulevard Changi Airport Terminal 1 Departure Check-in Hall Level 3 # 031 004, Singapore 819642, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore
  • This restaurant is at Changi Airport

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?