Standing Sushi Bar takes its inspiration from the sushi bars in Japan, and there is currently 3 outlets around town area providing healthy handmade sushi.
Standing Sushi Bar
Hot 1603 2 0
8A Marina Boulevard
B2-51 Marina Bay Link Mall
Tel: +65 6634 7068
Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
Saturday: 11:30 AM - 6 PM
Orchard Central, Singapore
Tanuki Raw by Standing Sushi Bar
181 Orchard Road
02-03 Orchard Central
Tel: +65 6636 5949
Open Daily from 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
The first thing you need to know about Standing Sushi Bar - it is not a standing bar. A small space beside the Singapore Art Museum on Queen Street, the only inkling of a standing concept that I get from the restaurant is the long queue that you’ll need to stand in while waiting for a seat. But it is well worth the wait.
Despite the not-so-pleasant waiting experience, the long queues exist for a legit reason. Standing Sushi Bar is famous for their daily promotions, but the more valuable one is undoubtedly their crazy salmon sashimi promo on Monday and Thursday. At just $3, you can enjoy five thick and quality slices of salmon sashimi. No sane person will miss out on a deal like that. What’s more, if you order more than 30 slices, you will be rewarded with 5 FATTY salmon sashimi as part of the order. With super cheap drinks like $2 sake and $5 beer, who can complain?
My only qualm if any would be the service. The waitresses tend to rush customers into ordering and will be impatient if you take too long deciding on your choice. Like a fast-paced Hong Kong cha chaan teng, don’t go there if you are expecting friendly service or a slow meal.
My first visit to Standing Sushi Bar was just over a week ago - it was a mixed experience.
Clearly,the price range of the food on offer places it clearly in the mid-tier to above mid-tier level of Japanese Restaurants. Their cheapest Don (Japanese Rice) I recall cost a whopping $16, and it doesn't even come in a big portion.
I opted for the Salmon and Swordfish Don ($22) and even though it was expensive, it did not disappoint. The cuts of the Salmon and Swordfish were generous, but not excessive, unlike what some mediocre Japanese restaurants may opt to serve. The level of freshness was also excellent - the blend of the fresh sashimi and rice was perfect in creating a concoction that almost melts in your mouth. The amount of rice is also quite little, which though on one hand makes the meal less filling, also prevents you from having too much rice and too little sashimi. (they could, however, give one more sashimi). Having said this, I wouldn't go back just for their Don. While it's pretty good, it isn't GREAT, and I'm not quite sure it's worth $22.
For one, their ambience is a bit.. odd. It might have been because I was patronising the Marina Bay Link Mall outlet, but the chairs we were given were hard, not plush, and while it was not cramped, the tables were not quite widely spaced out. This may simply be a particular peeve of mine, though. Their service staff at that particular outlet also seemed to have a difficulty with English, which I found to be slightly troubling.
However, the real highlight of the place is their happy hour promotions. Their martinis go for $10 each and are pretty decent. Bar bites also sell for $5 to accompany your martini, and they also have cans of Asahi Beer at $5 each. This makes their drinks relatively affordable, especially in comparison to other places. One should note however, that they do not have draft beer.
All in all, a quality sushi place that also offers you drinks that are cheap and good. Next time, however, I may opt to only go there for drinks instead of for a full meal.