The Sushi Bar is a small cosy restaurant which aims to let customers enjoy good Japanese food over a couple of drinks at affordable prices.
The Sushi Bar
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Craving for sushi but don’t want to spend too much on what’s essentially rice wrapped in seaweed with toppings? The Sushi Bar is the place for you! They serve quality Japanese food at affordable prices.
The Sushi Bar has two outlets, one at Ngee Ann City and one at Far East Plaza. I prefer to go to the one at Far East Plaza, because although it’s slightly more out of the way, the prices there are cheaper and there is considerably less human traffic. I’ve never had to wait once for a seat at the Far East Plaza outlet.
My favourite dish would have to be the Salmon Aburi. The servers were very helpful and agreed to ask the chef to fully cook the salmon sitting atop of the sushi because I can’t take raw fish. The mentaiko sauce was strong, but not overpowering, and honestly I prefer The Sushi Bar’s take on this over the Shiok Maki. Although the Shiok Maki is highly raved about, both times I found that the sushi was drenched in too much sauce and I could barely taste anything else. On the other hand, for The Sushi Bar’s Salmon Aburi, the sauce complements, not overwhelms, the other flavours.
People have been telling me that the Salmon Aburi here is both affordable and amazing. My expectations were built upon all these wonderful things I've heard, so it was disappointing to find out that it was not all that cheap and fantastic.
The price is about the same as that of Shiok Maki, but the sushi wasn't as satisfying. The Salmon Aburi was slightly cold when it arrived, maybe because it was very crowded and they had to rush through orders. The smoky, charred taste that Aburi lovers all know and love was not strong enough for me.
Surprisingly, my friends and I didn't have to wait for long before we were given a table, so we didn't have to experience the frustration of queuing. Overall, it was okay. Not fantastic, not very cheap. But if you are in the area and craving for sushi, you can pop by.
One street away from the ever-so-popular Shiok Maki in Orchard Road lies The Sushi Bar, tucked away in Far East Plaza and quietly delicious. I went right before it closed during lunchtime, and it was still pretty packed. So I imagine it must be really crowded.
This place is better than the other sushi restaurants I frequented like Sushi-Tei and Itacho Sushi. The Salmon Aburi seems like the Sushi Bar's own rendition of the "Shiok Maki", but because the sauce isn't as flavorful, it doesn't compare favorably to Koh Grill's.
The premises are smaller than those restaurants mentioned above, but it is comfortable enough for a quick meal. In fact, they may even remind one of the cramped sushi stalls in Shinjuku!
The Sushi Bar is definitely a must try for every sushi lover in Singapore. Although there's always a long queue during peak hours, but the quality of food is surely worth the wait. Cross my heart.
The Salmon Aburi Roll I ordered was to die for. I love how the maki roll has such clean and fresh flavours to it with the raw salmon, avocado and the lightly seasoned sushi rice. Yet, it is so well balanced with the robust taste of the flame torched salmon belly.
I will also recommend the Charashi Don. This bowl of goodness has everything I need to satisfy my japanese food craving - salmon roe, mekajiki (swordfish) sashimi, salmon sashimi, tuna sashimi and also sea urchin! The fact that all the raw items were very fresh and sweet just made my dinner a perfect one.
Be prepared to wait in line for your sushi fix at this wildly popular hole-in-the-wall. My dining companion and I stood in the queue for a little over half an hour - our expectations inching up with each minute we stood in line.
The verdict? Our salmon aburi rolls were satisfying but nothing spectacular - read, not worth a 30 minute wait. Delicately smoked and topped with mentaiko cream, the classic aburi rolls were stuffed with avocado, cucumber and crab meat. We also ordered the fried ebi aburi rolls, which we preferred, as the crispy batter of the prawn added a satisfying bite to the silkier texture of the salmon. While sufficiently tasty, the rolls were thinner than expected and not filling enough on their own.
I wouldn't call The Sushi Bar value for money, not when you have Koh's Grill and Sushi Bar just down the corner at Wisma Atria. You get a far more generously stuffed aburi roll with the famous and similarly priced shiok maki. To top it all off, the instagram-famous shiok maki is also topped with luscious cheese cream and a smattering of ebiko - photogenic and satisfying. The Sushi Bar's raved-about aburi rolls pale in comparison, in my opinion.
We also ordered the chawanmushi, which set us back $2.80. It was silken and slid down our throats easily, with morsels of crab meat, fish cake and mushrooms embedded within. Each spoonful of glorious egg curd was delightfully tasty - and the crunchy ebiko was a pleasant addition to the silken texture of the chawanmushi.
Quite possibly, the food would have been above average and reasonable had I not waited in line for more than 30 minutes. The higher the expectations the harder you fall no?
It's still worth a visit - but don't expect to be blown away.
This is one of the more popular Japanese restaurants in town. The snaking queues can be seen at even at off-peak hours!!! I've heard A LOT about this place so I went down one day, joined the queue and waited for about 30 minutes or so. The whole place is really small and has limited seating, which explains the long queue. The seats are placed very near to each other and I would think that some people might find it uncomfortable. It was ok for me though just that it was hard to move around or shift lol.
My friend and I ordered the super raved salmon aburi, some sashimi slices and green tea. If you want proper green tea, order the hot one! Pokka canned green tea is their equivalent of "cold green tea" lol I was a little shocked when I saw the Pokka can but I needed that drink *_*
Sashimi slices are SUPER THICK. Much much thicker than what you usually get in Sushi Tei or Itacho Sushi. If you've been to Chikuwa Tei, the slices are are about the same thickness as those there. Great, fresh sashimi!!! The salmon aburi was disappointing though... the top part lacked that aburi "smell".. I don't know. The rice was kinda hard as well. Maybe cos of the high expectations I had beforehand, I was really underwhelmed by the "famous" salmon aburi. I feel that this place is realllllly overrated but I understand that there are a lot of people who swears by their aburi so if you are an aburi fan, you can still go ahead and try it but don't get your expectations too high up :)
The people behind The Sushi Bar really love their mentaiko, thankfully, so do I! If you're a mentaiko lover too then do be sure to try their Salmon aburi rolls and thinly sliced scallops with mentaiko sauce. Another crowd favourite is their Chirashi Don. It's amazing value as their sashimi pieces are always thick and fresh.
If you want to beat the queue, I suggest that you come down either right when they open or closer to when they are about to close. I normally come after 2pm and there are onky about 3 parties ahead of me. Do take note of their opening hours though as they do close in the middle of the day before dinner service.
This is my favorite sushi joint in Orchard road, and for good reason! The long queue for a table isn't one of them, but people (myself included) continue to go back for the amazing Salmon Aburi and various sashimi. Also try the chirashi don (normal) if you're reasonably starved because that comes in a large serving.
It has a tiny menu, but whatever they have, it's enough to leave you satiated and wanting more. The softshell crab aburi runs out pretty early so go early in the day if you want to try some of that. Otherwise, go before 730pm to ensure that you have a chance at getting a table before it closes for the night. Here, nobody complains about waiting 1.5 hours for cramped seating because it is so well worth it.
The servers are polite and do their best maneuvering a tiny shop with tons of people packed inside. Food gets served pretty quickly so don't worry, all the queuing will be duly rewarded really quickly once you land a table!