Sushi Express

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Sushi for the budget conscious, on the go
Overall Score 
 
3.0
If you are looking for a place with free flow hot green tea and cheap sashimi on the fly, look no further. Sushi Express is the McDonalds of Japanese cuisine - when there’s no queue. With the average lunchtime crowd at Westgate, you may sometimes have to wait a few minutes for a seat. Whenever the open a new outlet and have a $1 per plate promotion, the queue can get crazy, the entire length of Jurong Point 2 crazy.

My favourite dish is the Aburi Salmon. They don’t always have it, and it's usually gone almost as soon as it hits the belt. So I’ve tried many ways to get more aburi. The best is to ask the staff nicely, and they may get the kitchen staff to start making some. Otherwise just wait for the telltale smell of aburi in the works, and pounce when they appear. By pounce I mean shamelessly stand outside the kitchen window to receive the fresh plates before it even touches the belt. Aburi is best eaten hot.

Aside from the sashimi and the aburi salmon, my other favourites are Hana Maki and the chocolate cake. Nothing that will blow you away, though satisfying nonetheless. Also, during peak hours they may choose to enforce their 40min time limit. Either way the seating arrangements don’t encourage staying. They mostly have bar seats that don’t make for good conversation and their tables pretty cramped.
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Eat and Go
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Food / Beverage 
 
2.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
2.0
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
2.5
As the restaurant's name suggested, Sushi Express is a place where one can quickly satisfy their sushi craving at just $1.50 per plate of sushi. I reckon it's the perfect restaurant for shopaholics like me to take a meal break in between a crazy shopping spree especially during this GSS season.

At $1.50 per plate, don't expect top quality food on the little pink plates going around the restaurant. If you’re a true foodie looking for an authentic sushi bar, this is not your place. To work with the selling price of each dish, the quality of the food is rather low with little to no taste. This is a place for one to fill one’s stomach instead of satisfying one’s palate. Oh, and definitely the place to binge eat Singaporeans’ favourite salmon sashimi without burning a hole in your wallet.
The duration of the meal can take as little as 15 minutes. Dining there for one hour would feel like two. It’s perfect for busy people who just wants to get a quick meal.

Of course due to its low prices and convenience, there's always a long queue up front. Hence, I suggest having a go at Sushi Express during off-peak meal periods.

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Average Spent Per Person:
17
Best Part:
Quick and easy
Branch Location:
City Link Mall
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Affordable
Overall Score 
 
2.5
You pay for what you get - and what you get in this case is limited options, sashimi that is clearly past its freshest, and a packed and uncomfortable dining environment.

The prices, though, may be much more appealing to you - my mother brought my brother and I to this place, and the 3 of us spent less than $30 altogether, which is uncommon for Japanese fare. We managed this despite eating almost to bloat - all of us left with full stomachs brimming with sushi rice and fish.

This isn't the most romantic place, nor is it the place to be for gourmet Japanese food. But it is a good place to bring your family when you tire of hawker fare and want something different, at near hawker prices. I suppose sometimes, really, affordability is all that matters.
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Affordable Sushi If You Don't Mind the Queue
(Updated: August 19, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Food / Beverage 
 
2.5
Ambience 
 
2.0
Service 
 
2.0
Value 
 
2.5
Overall Score 
 
2.5
What a crowd! There was a long snaking queue during a Saturday afternoon and my stomach was rumbling. We waited 20 minutes to try the conveyor belt sushi. My friend and I each took 15 plates of sushi, fresh prawns, salmon sashimi, pudding, cake and 2 miso soups.

The miso soup was special and came with chunks of salmon. The sushi tasted OK but I had to wait very long as the conveyor belt carried same types of sushi many times. We left the outlet quite satisfied and with a free packet of pudding.

The quality of sushi is not bad, but please skip the desserts, it's not worth it.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
Miso soup, fresh prawns
Branch Location:
Tampines 1
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Great value, average sushi
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
I would say that sushi express has great value - but don't expect amazing sushi at $1.50 per plate.

I visited on a Saturday night and waited in queue for 15 minutes. It's a pretty reasonable timing for cheap sushi that doesn't taste too bad.

I was particularly disturbed that their salmon sashimi had blood stains on it - that was an absolute turn off for me. But the next batch of salmon sashimi that came along was beautiful - so I guess that saved the night for me.

I would recommend ordering the miso soup. It comes with salmon chunks and tofu cubes, and is both flavourful and worth the $1.50 you fork out.

I also like the swordfish sushi - absolute value at just $1.50 for two slices.

I will revisit again and I hope there won't be blood in my sashimi this time.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Branch Location:
Citylink
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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$1.50 wow?
Overall Score 
 
2.5
Each plates of Sushi for only $1.50?
Yes. As compared to other sushi restaurant, this makes Sushi Express stands out. Being an avid lover of Japanese food, my friend bought me here. I came to the store slight earlier than the dinner time (5.30-6pm) and there are still many people. Seem like everyone is really attracted to this price. Okay. So ITADAKIMASU.

We began eating and the first thing that I saw was desserts. I’m like WOW; there are desserts on the conveyor belt. Cheesecake, Mochi, Pudding. Instead of eating desserts, I focus on my sushi. Raw salmon, Ebi, Unagi, Raw Octopus. Hmm, I find that the rice lack some vinegar (just don’t find it strong enough). Stop at 7 plates and decided to leave.

Oh and something that I wanted to point out, no staff came to help us. We wanted to order certain sushi but no staff came to assist. (Kind of disappointing). At the same time, similar dishes keep appearing on the conveyor belt, we have to wait quite a long time for the dishes that we want to appear right in front of us. I’m unsure whether it is because of the ultra-long conveyor belt or the people in front who took it (I sat at the end corner of the store).

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Branch Location:
Somerset
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Fast-paced Sushi Place
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.0
$1.50 for a plate of sushi is indeed cheaper than most places but it is not the cheapest I've encountered. Hence, I was not too attracted by Sushi Express. However, a group of my friends decided on the Tampines 1 outlet for lunch one day and I agreed to just tag along.

We arrived at the outlet and were promptly led to a booth seat. The seats were shorter than expected and were slightly uncomfortable to say the least. They also seemed to be extremely busy that day as the floor was dotted with litter and was quite unsightly. It is a restaurant after all, and the customers' appetites can be affected by the cleanliness of the surroundings. I have to admit I was a little disappointed and put off by this.

With regards to the food, it was not bad. The sushi and other dishes were fresh enough and their puddings were good too. However, a lot of the same kind of sushi kept appearing consecutively and it got a bit frustrating. The place also had an open concept, whereby we could see some of the kitchen crew slicing fish, making sushi, etc. I guess this gives customers a sense of assurance as they can literally keep an eye on how their food is being made.

I think that the place gave off a mass-production feel. I got the feeling that the sushi here was being produced robotically to keep up with the demand. It is little wonder that the place is called Express Sushi. But then again, this is only my personal opinion.

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Best Part:
Dessert
Branch Location:
Tampines 1
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Decent quality
Overall Score 
 
3.0
$1.50 for a plate of sushi? No way.

Surprisingly, when I visited, it wasn't very crowded, probably because it was slightly before lunchtime. At only $1.50 a plate, it entices customers - especially students like me - to eat affordable sushi.

The sushi is placed on a conveyor belt and you are just supposed to take the sushi that you want, then pay by the number of plates afterwards. The sushi was decent - not excellent - and the variety wasn't great. Sometimes, a particular type of sushi takes very long to make its way onto the conveyor belt.

One thing to note at Sushi Express - priced at just $1.50 a plate, we tend to go "Aiyah, a few plates only, won't be that much lah..." Before you know it, you would've eaten about 30++ plates of sushi (Approx. $45!!!!). With $45, you can easily buy better quality sushi from somewhere else.
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Great for value but lacking in quality
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.0
For $1.50 a plate, sushi express sure catches the attention of passer-bys. No wonder sushi express is always packed with people.

However, for its economical price, this restaurant's bane is that it only allow its customers to dine to a maximum of 41 minutes. Also, if you are looking for top notch quality sushi, this is definitely not for you. The taste of the sushi is decent, but not fantastic. In addition, the variety is limited and the frequency of certain type of sushi's are inconsistent. I had to wait like 10/15 minutes for the unagi sushi to appear on the belt.

In all, if you have a sushi craving and have little time to spare, sushi express is the place to go. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Average Spent Per Person:
12
Branch Location:
Tampines
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Bad service and ambience, okay food
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.0
Ambience 
 
1.0
Service 
 
2.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
2.5
Sushi express is a place that offers affordable sushi on a conveyor belt. I visited there for lunch on a weekend afternoon and it was really crowded, probably due to its affordability because that's the only positive point about this whole place. The food on the conveyor belt was found to be scarce and could not really get what I want. When I tried to get the service crew's attention, it was so hard and I was ignored once or twice. What's the point of going to the restaurant if you don't even get food!!! Since the food on the conveyor belt was limited and there was loads of people, demand obviously surpassed supply and it just makes the whole concept look stupid.

The sushi was okay. Average quality. It's about the same as what you would get at Umi Sushi or those sushi booths at Cold Storage. The prawns were small and not sweet. Overall quality of the food is low and thus the low price. You really pay for what you get. Unless you are looking for a cheap fix for your sushi craving, don't ever come here. The service is bad, the place is noisy and the lack of food makes it pointless. I strongly suggest spending a little more to go to Sakae sushi if you are on a tight budget. Even sakae sushi is better than this place. Never ever stepping into this orange place again even if they give out free sushi.

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Recommend to Friend:
No
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