Standing Sushi Bar

Zara:

Japanese food is definitely one of the most popular cuisines in Singapore, with offerings ranging from small stores selling solely take-out sushi at MRT stations to high-end restaurants where a bowl of unagi don can go up to $60. As a student without a fixed income, affordable Japanese food (and any food, to be honest) is always welcome. As such, Standing Sushi Bar, a Japanese restaurant chain with 3 locations in Singapore, is popular with both students and adults alike due to their reputation of serving high quality, fresh Japanese food at affordable prices.
The menu is pretty comprehensive, offering both a la carte items as well as executive set lunches (that seemed to be very popular with the lunch crowd who was there at the same time as we were). Items include a good variety of sashimi and sushi, agemono, robatayaki, noodle and grilled items, and we were pretty excited with the wide range of choices.
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Seared duck breast: With just the right amount of fat next to layers of lean meat, the thin slices of duck breast were delicious and melted in our mouths. The sweet sauce drizzled on top complemented the creaminess of the melty duck fat perfectly, while the sear provided a nice smokey flavour to the dish. This is yummy when added to the garlic fried rice as an accompaniment or just eaten on its own.
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Pitan Tofu with Fish Roe: I first fell in love with Pitan Tofu when I tried it at Koh’s Sushi Bar and Grill a couple of weeks back. As such, I did not hesitate to order it this time.  The pitan sauce was sweet yet savoury at the same time, and the roe on top providing a nice crunch to the dish. However, I found myself thinking that the version offered at Koh’s was better, probably because it offered a bigger portion of tofu and roe.
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Rockstar Sushi Roll: seared salmon draped over mozzarella and covered with mentaiko sauce. I had tried this sushi roll at Tanuki Raw (under the same restaurant group), and loved it so much that I just HAD to eat it again. The mozarella cheese in the middle was soft yet slightly chewy, complementing the creaminess of the seared salmon perfectly. My only complain was that the after a few bites the roll became overwhelmingly creamy, as creaminess is the main texture and taste in the dish. While delicious, this roll is best shared with your dining partners.
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Garlic Fried Rice: Many people have recommended the garlic fried rice to me, and it did not disappoint. The rice was fragrant and nicely fried, yet without the oily sheen that accompanies many other plates of fried rice. I would eat this again (or 3 plates of it), without question.
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Seared Salmon: The salmon was seared to perfection, providing just the right amount of creaminess without being overwhelming, and also retaining enough of its rawness underneath to offer a different texture to the dish.
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Matcha cheesecake: While the rest of the meal was lovely and delicious, this slice of cake had to be the most disappointing part. Consisting of matcha, red bean and cheese cake layers, the entire cake was pretty frozen and ‘block-like’, so much so that when we tried cutting into it the layers simply separated as they were to tough to cut through. I haven’t heard good things about their other dessert offerings too, so my suggestion would be to eat your fill of sushi and main courses, and then go elsewhere for dessert.
Standing Sushi Bar is a great place for affordable Japanese food, and the spacious restaurant and attentive service staff make this a great place for meals with groups of all sizes. I apologize for the lack of prices of the dishes as I am still unable to find an updated menu online. However, the entirety of this meal came up to less than $50, if I remember correctly. Highly recommended for any occasion, but can get crowded on weekends or peak hours on weekdays and as such you should make a reservation if you are planning to go in a large group.
Standing Sushi Bar
8 Queen Street #01-03 Singapore
Tel: +65 6333 1335
8A Marina Boulevard #B2-51
Marina Bay Link Mall Singapore
Tel: +65 6634 7068
1 Raffles Place #B1-02B
One Raffles Place (OUB Centre) Singapore
Tel: +65 6533 7078
http://standingsushibar.com/
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