A Japanese sushi restaurant, well-known for their salmons. They make use of advanced technology to compete against the many other Japanese restaurants in Singapore.
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Affordable and good
Out of all the other mid-range sushi restaurants in Singapore, Genki Sushi ranks as one of the best for many reasons. The ordering of food is done via the iPad and the serving is done by an electric conveyor “train” that every table has. This makes their service seamless and one of a kind, because everything is mostly self-serviced.
In my honest opinion, I think the sashimi and sushi they serve in Genki are pretty decent. Don’t expect fresh, out of the water fish at Genki for the price you’re paying. My all time favorite is the spicy salmon gunkan because it is extremely well seasoned and like the name of the dish says, spicy. That is one dish I would never fail to order whenever I’m at Genki Sushi.
With a new outlet opened at Bugis+, the insane queue at the Orchard Central outlet has been shortened significantly during peak hours.
Everyone knows that the Japanese invented two things: sushi and bullet trains. At Genki Sushi, these two things come hand in hand - sushi is delivered to tables not on the conventional conveyor belt, but by a cute miniature train! The tables work like station stops, and your orders get dropped off to your station on bright coloured plates with cute cartoon sushi designs. While the sushi itself tastes standard and somewhat generic, the cheap price, cute store concept and eat-and-go pace leaves the lunch and dinner crowd hungrily waiting in line.
Sushi delivered in a train
Genki Sushi is a shop located along Orchard Road which sells sushi as well as other Japanese dishes such as soba, Agedashi tofu and Edamame. They have a very wide range of sushis in their menu, the orthodox flavours as well as in-house specialties.
The interesting thing, as well as the pull factor of Genki Sushi, is the train-like delivery of sushi. After placing your orders on the iPads available at every table, customers’ sushis will arrive in a cute train on the sushi belt. In my opinion, the sushis tastes rather average, and aren’t cheap either.
One of the best mid-tier Sushi joints
In comparison to the other mid-tier sushi joints (Sakae, Sushi Tei, Ichiban, Itacho), Genki Sushi stands out for multiple reasons and is probably one of the best in this group of restaurants. Having dined there multiple times, I find it a pity that they do not have more outlets in Singapore.
One of their huge plus points is their ipad menu, and more importantly their delivery system. While many more Japanese restaurants have picked up on the ipad trend (I'm looking at you, Sakae), Genki was the pioneer of this innovation and I think credit should be given to them for that. Their delivery system, however, is actually one of the highlights of my meals there every time: they deliver your food straight to you in a bullet train type conveyor, which is incredibly cool - for lack of a better word.
Innovation aside, their food here is also tremendously value for money and good in quality. Their aburi/mentai sushi, in particular, is far cheaper than the ones served at any other Japanese restaurant, and quality is not compromised either. Their prawn rolls are also an item to rave about - the blend of hot fried ebi prawn and cold japanese rice is surprisingly good.
One unfortunate thing about the restaurant, though, is that they lack seats for more than 6 people. They seem to lack confidence in the quality of their food but I can attest to the quality and consistency of the food I tasted here. Having patronised Genki from when they had many outlets in all parts of Singapore till this very day, I can safely say that they remain as good as ever - or even better.
Love The High Tech Setting!
Because our food comes in express trains, there's no need to wait for waitresses. You know how sometimes these waitresses/waiters take AGES to bring you your food and bill *coughrafflesplacemrttcccough* *sunteccitypizzahut*
Most food are in the areas of $2.30-$3.80, not unlike the prices you see in those stores that serve sushi on conveyor belts. I would put Genki in the same rank as Ichiban in terms of salmon taste lol, but of course it pales in comparison when we talk about food choices.
This is definitely better than Sakae Sushi.
If you are on a budget, you can keep on checking on the iPad, how much you have spent as well as if they have forgotten any of your orders. My only qualm is the service fee we have to pay, seeing that everything is near automated, I don't see why we should pay for service. But okay, these express train systems do need maintenance too.
Sushi Trains > Conveyor Belt Sushi
I love the system at Genki Sushi. You order from an ipad and your order will be delivered to you on a bullet train straight from the kitchen. I can see this entertaining lots of little kids because it definitely kept me intrigued!
Sushi wise, the quality of the fish here is really good too! I love order 2 plates of the Salmon trio which comes with one plain salmon sushi, one topped with black pepper and cheese and another topped with mentaiko (LOVE). I also always order a serving of their crab meat chawanmushi as they are very generous with their topping of real, legit crab.
High tech sushi place
Genki sushi is very suitable for families with young children as it is very child friendly. The high-tech ordering and serving system at Genki sushi was an eye opener for me. Ordering became so easy, with just a tap on the iPad. Everything is so DIY that there is even a dustbin for you to clear your plates before inserting the plate into the slot which will bring the plate back to the kitchen. This explains why there was only 3 staff but a filled restaurant on a Saturday afternoon. The food which you've ordered via the iPad will be served in an automated bullet train right in front of your table.
The chawanmushi (steamed egg) is good. It is soft, smooth and comes with a layer of gravy on the top. I loved their seared salmon sushi with cheese and black pepper. Unique and tasty. Who knew that western flavors can complement Asian food so well. The rest of the sushis and hand rolls were decent but nothing to shout about.
Their green tea. also DIY, with a pot of green tea powder and hot water tap by the side was refreshing and it felt good to "wash" everything down with that cup of hot green tea.
Overall, I enjoy my dining experience at Genki Sushi. As it is tucked away at a corner of Orchard Central, it is quiet and peaceful.
Why does the Genki Sushi mascot look so fierce?
That's just a longtime question I've always had when I go to Genki sushi. But other than that, there is nothing much at the restaurant that is displeasing or scary.
Ordering my food on an iPad and having them arrive on a train still entertains me to no end. Although each time I go back I look forward to see if the trains actually screws up if we order too much too fast.
Nobody ever orders the garlic soba so I'm telling you now, GET IT! It's so light and tasty. Then also the cheesefries although that's not what you usually have at a sushi joint. Still good nonetheless.
interesting, novel dining experience!
Lovers of Japanese cuisine should visit Genki Sushi for a meal, if they haven't done so already! The food here is really affordable, priced slightly lower than similar dishes in other places, yet their freshness and palatability exceeds expectations. My favourite would be the salmon sushi and chawanmushi. Don't underestimate how simple these dishes are - the salmon is very fresh, while the chawanmushi is incredibly smooth and silky without being too watery, and practically melts in your mouth!
What sets Genki Sushi apart from other Japanese restaurants is their high-tech, novel way of serving food. You can order food straight from the iPad at your table, and the plates are sent to you soon after on this miniature bullet-train. It's adorable! Do note that kids may insist on ordering ever more plates of food just to see the train in action over and over.
Choo! Choo! Your sushi is here!
Originally, I went to Genki Sushi because of a friend’s recommendation. Upon reaching the place, I was extremely fascinated by their interesting Sushi delivery concept. Unlike, other restaurants which delivered their sushi via convey belts or through waiters, Genki deliver their sushi on a bullet train! Each bullet train can hold up to four dishes and the customers are to order these dishes from the iPad situated at every table.
Apart from their cute concept, what I really love about Genki is the quality of their food! You can taste the freshness of the salmon and the hardness of the seaweed in just one bite! One dish which I find commendable would be their Crab Meat Chawanmushi. Simply fabulous! Aside from that, I am also in love with their brownie! Having the brownie in my mouth, felt like a mini chocolate heaven being built inside of me!
However, there’s one downside to Genki: Long Queues. It seemed that every single time I visit, there are always many people queuing! Therefore, I would recommend people who want to check Genki out, go at non-peak hours or you’ll end up in an endless queue with a very noisy stomach.