About Shinzo Japanese Cuisine
Chef Lawrence Chia started Shinzo Japanese Cuisine in 2013. The word Shinzo means heart in Japanese. Having spent more than 23 years honing his skills as a sushi shokunin (sushi artisan), Chef Chia knows that the best sushi is made from the heart.

I put my heart and soul into every sushi I make. I do it because it is my life’s passion.

At the age of 19, Chef Chia knew he wanted to be a sushi chef. He trained under the famous Chef Yoshio Nogawa at the renowned Sushi Kaiseki Nogawa in the early 90s. At Nogawa, he learnt that great sushi chefs do not just deliver quality food but also inexplicable hospitality. This has influenced the way he runs his sushi bar. At Shinzo, the seating layout was designed to facilitate interaction between the chefs and guests, as well as encourage conversation between strangers.

People often come to Shinzo as strangers but leave as friends. They share food and sake, and have a good time together.

Chef Chia takes great pride in entertaining his guests at Shinzo. He never fails to engage in lively conversations with patrons while delicately preparing their food. He is known for shaping the culture at many renowned Japanese restaurants in Singapore, including Tatsuya at Goodwood Park Hotel, Kome Japanese Dining and Hinoki.
At Shinzo, one can expect nothing less than the freshest ingredients flown in directly from Japan. Just as the ingredients varies with the seasons in Japan, so does Shinzo’s menu. Chef Chia constantly pushes the envelope of culinary creativity, such as fusing non-Japanese ingredients like foie gras and century egg with traditional Japanese cuisine.
Guests at Shinzo can always rely on Chef Chia to deliver gourmet sushi and warm hospitality. Here's what some of them had to say.
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