Photo: Instagram / @kojisushi
Prepared with vinegared rice and topped with a select variety of ingredients, the beloved sushi’s exquisite taste is what gives the Japanese dish a permanent spot on almost everyone’s list of favourite foods. But apart from being the popular dish that it is, sushi’s practical yet lavish qualities serve a double capacity — it’s suited for a quick and easy fix for lunch or an indulgent dinner for a night out.
While most price tags for a good sushi meal tend to be pricey, affordable but quality sushi is not that hard to find. With International Sushi Day coming round, this might be the perfect time for you to give these sushi places a try.
1. Koji Sushi Bar
Photo: Instagram / @kojisushibars
Hidden away in the streets of Nankin Row at Outram, the hip sushi joint features a menu that focuses on delivering quality fresh seafood, adding speed and affordability to the mix to accommodate the daily office crowd. Go for its value-for-money Nigiri Sushi sets which come with five pieces of sushi. Prices range from $9++ for a basic but comforting salmon, tuna, sea bream, swordfish and sweet prawn, to $23++, which includes fatty tuna, scallop and striped jack.
There’s ala carte sashimi and sushi, sashimi sets and donburi bowls as well.
In the evening, the place transitions into a more relaxed dining space, serving an eight to 10 course omakase (and that means letting the chef decide your dishes) set that includes appetisers, sashimi, teppan, nabe, sushi and dessert, along with a good selection of sake and sochu, if you are in the mood for a more indulgent dinner on your night out.
Accommodating to those who want to splurge as well as those who are on a tighter budget all in a single menu, this place has something for everyone at every price range!
At 3 Pickering Street, #01-42,Nankin Row, Singapore 048660, tel: 6225 6387. Visit https://www.kojisushi.com.sg
2. Standing Sushi Bar
Photo: Instagram / @standingsushibar
Affordable, healthy and good quality sushi is served at the Standing Sushi Bar, which has three outlets in Singapore. Inspired by the beloved standing sushi bars in Tokyo, this Japanese restaurant offers great lunch and dinner set meals on top of staple sushi plates one would expect at a typical sushi bar. To start, try the restaurant’s speciality rolls!
The All Salmon All the Time ($18) features six salmon sashimi rolls, bundled with cucumber and avocado and seared with salmon and tobiko (flying fish roe) and topped with yuzu mayo to tie in the flavours together.
But if you are up for a more interesting combination, the Puff the Dragon ($20) rolls combines prawn tempura with cucumber, grilled eel and tobiko. Their standard sushi rolls are priced from $9 onwards, with flavours such as Salmon Avocado and Softshell Crab.
While it might be akin to a lunch spot for a fuss-free and quick meal, the place prides itself in making the meal an enjoyable one with quality ingredients. One of their newer branches lies in the labyrinth of the Raffles Place area, offering customers a great dining experience in the day and a full bar in the evenings.
If you are looking for a good deal, keep an eye out for their daily promotions. Just a heads up, on ‘Traditional Tuesday’, Nigiri Sushi and Sashimi dishes are at 50 per cent off, and sake and beer are priced at $2 and $5 each for lunch and dinner. Now that’s the kind of deals we are talking about!
At 331 North Bridge Road, 01-04 Odeon Towers Singapore, Singapore 188720, tel: 6333 1335, and two other outlets. Visit https://standingsushibar.com
3. The Sushi Bar
Photo: Instagram / @thesushibar_sg
It started out as a small sushi place in the obscure depths of Far East Plaza, but The Sushi Bar has found success since, with the opening of two other outlets at Ngee Ann City and Tampines 1. What’s inspiring is back when the budding joint was still a newly opened restaurant, Chef Eugene Heng’s family members juggled between their full-time jobs and helping out at the restaurant after work to keep the restaurant going.
Today, the restaurant attracts crowds for lunch and dinner as they serve well-loved dishes such as fresh sushi, sashimi and donburi bowls.
Try the Salmon Aburi sushi roll ($17.90) and Ebi Fry Salmon Aburi sushi roll ($16.90), which are one of the restaurant’s recommended items. Their hand rolls are also served at affordable prices, with options from $3.20 onwards (Far East outlet). Sushis are from $1.80 while a Bara Chirashi Don is $19.90.
If you are looking for a place to binge on your favourite sushi dishes without spending a ton, this place might be your best bet!
At 14 Scotts Rd, #04-28, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213, tel: 9653 6464, and two other outlets. Visit https://thesushibar.com.sg
4. Tomi Sushi
Photo: Instagram / @tomisushi_singapore
While it might not be the most affordable sushi place on the list, Tomi Sushi features well-curated dishes in lunch bentos sets from $17 onwards. First opened in Niigata in Japan, the restaurant takes pride in serving you genuine Japanese food with their authentic Nigrizushi (Nigri Sushi) course meals, a select variety of à la carte dishes as well as good sake straight from Niigata.
Their Nigiri Sakura lunch set meal includes a platter of Nigri Sushi, accompanied by Tori Karage, a side of salad, Chawanmushi and Miso Soup, all for the price of $28. If you are looking for a place to get a tummy’s worth of good quality sushi, Tomi Sushi might just be your ultimate spot.
At 9 Raffles Blvd, #02-12/13, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, tel: 62381123, and three other outlets. Visit http://www.tomisushi.asia/index.html
ALSO READ: 8 BEST RESTAURANTS FOR JAPANESE BUFFET