Look forward to quality meals at affordable prices at this home-grown sushi and Japanese food chain
If you like eating good food in a lively ambience or in a restaurant that won’t burn too big a hole in your pocket, Standing Sushi Bar is the place to go.
With aluminium chairs and simple wooden tables neatly arranged on a raw cement floor at its Queen Street branch, Standing Sushi Bar is, at first glance, frills-free and nondescript.
The food, however, is anything but.
Of Rock Stars & Dragons
The sushi rolls, in particular, are delicious, especially the Rockstar Roll ($16.90).
The rice was rolled over a generous serving of mozzarella cheese and then topped with seared salmon sashimi and torched mentaiko (made from marinated roe of pollock and cod) sauce.
The result? A velvety combination of flavours that blended together marvellously.
Those looking for slightly traditional flavours can opt for Puff The Magic Dragon ($18.90), where prawn tempura and cucumber are wrapped with grilled eel and topped with tobiko (flying fish roe).
The balanced combination of the umami flavours, soft eel meat and crisp tempura centre was a delight for the palate.
The Salmon Aburi Sampler ($20), which consisted of five pieces of blowtorched salmon sashimi and a crackling slab of fried salmon skin on warm sushi rice, was also a hit with my dining companions.
The presentation of the dish was simple, with each nigiri arranged neatly on a clean, white plate. Each piece had a different flavour, ranging from spicy to creamy, and I particularly liked the smoky and smooth flavours of the salmon with mentaiko mayonnaise.
We emerged from the restaurant — still a lively, rambunctious full house at 9pm — with satisfied tummies and couldn’t wait to return.
By Geraldine Ling
Standing Sushi Bar, 8 Queen Street, #01-03, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 188535, Tel: 6333 1335. Visit www.standingsushibar.com for other outlets.
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