Have read tonnes of good reviews on The Sushi Bar but have not gone to try it mainly because if I am in the area I would have headed to Koh Grill & Sushi Bar
Nonetheless met some girlfriends who works in town for lunch and we headed down to Ngee Ann City outlet.
We had the Hotate (Scallop) Carpaccio with Mentaiko (Marinated Pollock Roe) and Pitan Tofu (Century Egg Beancurd) for appetisers. The fresh hotate was complemented well with the mentaiko, giving a zest in the mouth with the tobiko. The components in the Pitan Tofu were in the right proportions, striking a balance between the neutrality of tofu and the salty-bitterness of the century egg yoke. The spring onions and crab meat added a little freshness to the savoury mouthful. Overall, was pleased with both of the dishes.
My two types of favourite sashimi – Shima Aji (Striped Jack) and Hotate (Scallop)! I only have had Shima Aji before at Koh Grill & Sushi Bar so the benchmark I have is pretty high for cut and freshness. To my surprise, this one was really good! For those who have not tried this fish before, it has a similar texture to Hamachi (Yellowtail) and Kanpachi (Amberjack) but with a sweet aftertaste that lingers on the palate. It’s more expensive but so totally worth it! The hotate however was not really to my liking. Definitely seafood fresh from Japan, however the skirt (frill) of the scallop was marinated in a cold ponzu kind of sauce (I am not a ponzu fan) which wasn’t my cup of tea.
The masterful combination of my three favourites – onsen tamago (hot spring egg), ikura (salmon roe) and uni (sea urchin’s gonads)! The “crunchiness” of the ikura added the salty flavours to the tamago which was cooked to perfection, topped with fresh (well not totally fresh as the uni is the boxed type, not the straight from urchin type) uni that is filled with taste of the ocean. This was my favourite!
Next we had their Signature Salmon Aburi Mentai sushi and Kaisendon. Good balance of fish with rice and both were above my expectations. Definitely value for money for the Kaisendon. Sushi dishes we had – uni and wagyu beef were impressive as well.
Overall, we spent about SGD180 for three pax. Very affordable for the quality cuts we had. Will definitely revisit soon!
The Sushi Bar
14 Scotts Road
Far East Plaza #04-28
391 Orchard Road
#05-34/35 Ngee Ann City
(65) 9653 6464