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The Sushi Bar Far East Plaza

What started out as a small hole-in-the-wall 30-seater eatery, The Sushi Bar has progressed tremendously and opened another branch outlet in the same shopping centre. Tucked in the labyrinth of clothing shops of Far East Plaza, unknowing shoppers would only know of its existence from the long queue line. Set up in 2013, this sushi bar definitely does not lack popularity or diners in the peak hours. Even with 2 outlets in operation, do be prepared to queue for almost an hour. But once you dig in, it will be worth the wait. IMG_7982-0Sashimi: Sake and Hotate sashimi are staple orders whenever I’m having a Japanese meal. The Sushi Bar serves their salmon in uniformly thick slices. A little too thick for my own preference as I find it hard to enjoy the taste of each individual slices. 
IMG_7822-0Salmon Aburi Roll: One of their signature dishes, this is crave-worthy and top-notch. The relationship between seared salmon and mentaiko sauce is both mystical and complementary. 

I believe in quality food, especially Japanese cuisine as careful preparation is required to maintain flavour and freshness. But I also believe that we should pay for food that is value-for money. The Sushi Bar covers both the aspects of quality and value, and hence, is now my usual go-to Japanese eatery in town.

The Sushi Bar
Far East Plaza, #04-28
14 Scotts Road

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12.30-3pm, 5.30-9pm
Sat: 12.30-9pm
Tel: 9653 6464

Itacho Sushi

Making a Quick Statement

Singaporeans are no longer amused or fazed by conveyor belts or mini trains that bring plates of Japanese sushi or sashimi to your table. The latest trend in the Jap-eating industry is ordering ala-carte and having it fresh. And thanks to restaurants like Koh’s Grill and Sushi Bar and Itacho Sushi, we can now have fresh and delicious Japanese cuisine at a reasonable pricing. What puts Itacho Sushi a notch above its competitors is its menu that serves a great variety. A perfect place to give yourself a try at more exotic sashimi types without burning your pocket. Did I mention that their sashimi is sublime?

We Recommend: Sashimi (Fatty Salmon, Seabass and Scallops.) Sushi (Smoked duck, roasted salmon and lobster salad.)

Itacho Sushi
Plaza Singapura
#02-35, 68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 23:00
Sun: 11:00 – 22:00
Tel: 63378922

Hoshi, Japanese Buffet in the West.

If you’re a typical Singaporean, nothing can go wrong with Japanese Buffet. Our love for Japanese cuisine and buffet meals are both fulfilled and relinquished at the same time. The dining industry have seen a rise in restaurants offering buffets specializing only in Japanese cuisines. From teppanyanki to sashimi to sushi to sukiyaki, such restaurants provide a variety of Japanese dishes that you can choose from.

Tucked away at the far west side of our sunny island, not many locals would have heard of Hoshi Japanese Restaurant. Located at IMM since 1993, I could recall my family heading to this restaurant for our occasional fix for Japanese teppanyanki  in my younger years, probably when sushi chains such as Sakae Sushi were not the trend yet. After almost a decade, we’re back to this restaurant but with a whole new perspective of Japanese food.
IMG_3931Sashimi: If you’re a fan of Sashimi, you should be able to discern the quality with your sight and taste. Having tried fresh salmon sashimi from the fish markets of Hokkaido in Japan, nothing else in Singapore could be on par with that level of quality. So without being unreasonable, there is certain standards that we can distinguish for our local sashimi. Coming from an affordable buffet pricing, do not expect A* for their sashimi obviously. The slices are good enough to satisfy your sashimi cravings and do not carry any weird odour. But visibly, you can tell that the sashimi they have are not top-notch in terms of freshness.
IMG_3938Teppanyaki Salmon: This is what my brother and I grew up with. Only a handful teppanyanki restaurant serve their salmon fillets with a special sweet and grainy sauce that makes the dish delectable and appetizing. This could probably be the only thing that my family would return for.

Personally, there will only be two reasons for me to dine at this restaurant. One, if I’m at the West side of the island and two, the teppanyanki salmon. A friendly advice, one would enjoy their experience much better on off-peak weekdays. The service is more prompt and teppanyanki dishes are served as per ordered.

Hoshi Japanese Restaurant
IMM Building
2 Jurong East Street 21
Singapore (609601)
Tel: +65 6425 0520

Genki Sushi

This is not just a normal plate of salmon sushi. It is not whisked around in a conveyor belt nor delivered to you by foot. It is transported on an express train-look alike from the kitchen right to your table. Did I mention that you order your sushi from an iPad?

Like I said, this is not just a normal salmon sushi. The already seared salmon slices have butter-mayo cream smeared all over and dusted with black pepper flakes. The sweetness of the salmon slices is complemented wonderfully by the savoury and yet mayo-sweet but not-too-overwhelming butter cream. The slight peppery taste adds the finishing touch to this unique dish. This dish is highly recommended, especially for those that are often intimidated by raw fish slices.

Seared Salmon with Black Pepper S$2.30

No you’re not seeing double here. Same concept, but different meat. Instead of salmon, you can opt for crab meat as well. However, salmon is my pick out of the two as the sweetness provided the contrast against the savoury flavour of the butter-mayo cream.

Seared Crab with Black Pepper S$2.30

Whenever I look at the iPad, I have no idea what to pick and try out of the array of choices provided. The chefs must have heard my prayer for they included this dish into their menu. 3-in-1. The classic raw Salmon Nigiri. The tantalizing Seared Salmon with Black Pepper. Or the special Seared Salmon with Pollock Roe. I love how the freshness of the salmon slices is brought out by the perfect Japanese rice. If not for my best friend, I would have had the whole plate to myself.

Salmon Triple Flavour S$3.50

What is Japanese food without Sashimi? Nonetheless, I will never leave without trying salmon sashimi. Relatively more fresh and tasty than the cheaper ones available at Sakae, the sashimi is worth the price and still affordable.

Sashimi S$3.80

Another basic Japanese dish that I adore, Chawanmushi. With the crab meat please. This is one of the best Chawanmushi that I’ve tried so far. The crab meat is fresh, as compared to other restaurants that serve frozen crab meat. The steamed egg is soft and smooth.

Steamed Egg Custard with Crab Meat S$3.80