[SG] Standing Sushi Bar - great weekday deal for Japanese food and alcoholTuesday, April 15, 2014
People always say that once you've come out to the working society, you would start missing the life of being a student. Maybe it's the competitive Singapore education system or the nature of the Masters degree that's so demanding that actually make me miss working. Well, at least you can experience the sense of satisfaction which seemingly studying cannot offer.
My classmates and I intended to have an early dinner before our night class and while we originally planned to head down to the Standing Sushi Bar located at Singapore Art Museum (8QSAM), it only opens at 6pm every evening. As a result, we visited the branch at Marina Bay Link Mall instead.
We learnt about the prevailing promotion [$3 salmon sashimi, $2 sake, $5 beer, wine, hot sake and umeshu] on Monday and Thursday only at 8QSAM Standing Sushi Bar. Unfortunately, the branch at Marina Bay Link Mall has a separate promotion targeted at the office crowd there. We ended up with the weeknight deal [izakaya happy hour $5 salmon sashimi, $10 martinis, $5 Asahi beer, $5 large glasses of sake ,and a selection of $5 bar bites].
Salmon Aburi Roll
Previously, there was a hype surrounding Koh Grill's Shiok Maki or Sushi Bar's Salmon Aburi Roll. In terms of the proportion between the rice and ingredients, the salmon and cucumber pieces wrapped inside the rice was done to a nicety. We found the coating layer of salmon sashimi was slightly too thin, resulting in the torching process cooking the entire salmon altogether. In terms of taste, while the homemade sauce served here was refreshing, Koh Grill's unique creamy cheesy sauce was our preferred choice. Nonetheless, the balance of this dish was executed well and surely worth a try!
We ordered 3 bar bites in the list including salmon sashimi, yakitori and potato aburi.
Salmon Sashimi - 5 Slices
I'm not really a fan of sashimi, but the salmon sashimi was thick and fresh which we felt was value for money at S$5/-. For the purpose of comparison, if you're only targeting their salmon sashimi, I suppose visiting the branch at Queen Street would fare better economical sense since similarly, five slices there would cost just S$3/-.
After trying the yakitori at Sumire Yakitori House, we felt that this dish could do with some improvement. The meat lacked sufficient marinating time and the grill did not achieve the desired golden brown tan. Also, we found the yakitori sauce to be too watery which made it unable to coat the meat and failed to deliver a punch in flavours.
I was really looking forward to this dish as I love potato salad and the dish in the menu photo surely looked more appetising and palatable than what was served as it depicted an extravagant amount of sauce. Unfortunately, the dish served was nowhere close to the picture as there was no overlying sauce and the seaweed wrapping tasted chewy rather than crisp. Though the potato salad on top of the three seaweed wrapped sushi was generous and flavoursome.
The scallop was fresh and the seaweed remained crisp wrapping the right amount of vinegared rice, overall the dish was carried out perfectly.
We found quite a distinct inconsistency in terms of the distribution of the ingredients within the roll and the unagi tasted average.
Overall Verdict: 7.0/10
Standing Sushi Bar
Marina Bay Link Mall, 8A Marina Boulevard #B2-51
Tel: 6634 7068
To check out their promotions: http://standingsushibar.com/promotions/