If you think you’re a sushi connoisseur and you want authentic and good sushi, check out these places for scrumptious options
Tired of conveyer belt sushi? Sometimes you really do get what you pay for, especially in terms of quality.
Some sushi places in Singapore serve you less than stellar cuts for value-for-money prices but are you really getting what
Get the sushi you are expecting at the right price. Here are a few options to suit various pockets.
Although this sushi restaurant originated in Hong Kong, the quality is of a Japanese standard. Apart from the seven-course Omakase Set ($150 and up), the restaurant also has a more affordable set lunch menu which comes with miso soup, udon and ice cream.
The Assorted Sashimi Cube on Sushi Rice ($42) and the Assorted Seafood on Sushi Rice ($52) are good options to try the pristine fresh fish.
Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, #01-07, Singapore 238871, Tel: 6736 0100
Not to be confused with the above-mentioned Sushi Kuu, Sushi Kou is nestled beside the ever-popular Teppei. Sushi Kou also specialises in Omakase sets ranging from $50 to $100, with a minimum of two sets.
The fish and vegetables are freshly flown in twice a week from Japan, and the a la carte menu features 26 different types of nigiri sushi such as the Toro Salmon (salmon belly, $4 a piece) and the Negitoro Maki (a minced fatty tuna belly rice roll, $7). If you aren’t willing to wait for Teppei’s crazy reservation slots, perhaps you should try Sushi Kou.
1 Tras Link, #01-16, Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867, Tel: 6444 8433
Mikuni is known for three disciplines of Japanese cooking such as sushi, robatayaki and teppanyaki but the first one stands out the most, in my opinion. A must-try is the Truffle Kampachi ($30) which comes served in a sardine tin-like container.
The fresh yellowtail is sealed with yuzu, black truffle soya, lily bulb and micro cress – the resulting dish is both tangy and fragrant at the same time.
Fairmont Singapore, Level 3, 80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560, Tel: 6431 6156
Ikyu is known for stellar seasonal menu items. The assorted sashimi and sushi items available at Ikyu are great.
It also carries premium cuts such as Bluefin tuna Otoro ($58.50), Chutoro ($48.50) and Salmon Belly Mekajiki ($25.50). Sit at the bar and watch the friendly chef at work if you wish to enjoy the full Ikyu experience.
5 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168643, Tel: 6223 9003
The Sushi Bar
Highly popular, The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza is ever-expanding and recently moved to a more spacious unit on the fourth floor to accommodate the snaking queues. Crowd favourites include Scallop Mentaiyaki ($13.90), Salmon Aburi ($14.90) – maki topped with raw salmon and torched – and Chirashi Don ($24.90), a rice bowl with generous cuts of salmon, tuna, mekajiki (blue marlin), hamachi (yellowtail), scallop, salmon belly and roe. Great value for money indeed!
Look out for new dishes like the aromatic and delicious Unagi Fried Rice. Weekender was first to taste.
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #04-28, Singapore 228213, Tel: 9653 6464
Oceans of Seafood
Apart from the impressive array of seafood on ice, this stall at Pasar Bella serves ocean-fresh Japanese sushi and sashimi as well as a western broil. You can choose the amount of fish you want off the ice, and the stall will then charge you accordingly.
It occasionally gets seasonal fish such as Mebaru, rockfish ($21 for 100g) and Southern Bluefin Tuna from Australia. The latter is often sold in dishes such as Chutoro Nigiri – medium fatty tuna belly ($3), Chutoro Sashimi ($18) and Toro Don – tuna belly atop rice ($25).
Pasar Bella, 200 Turf Club Road, the Grandstand, #02-06/k2-k11, Singapore 287994, Tel: 6466 1005
By Cheryl Chia