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Sushiro, Thomson Plaza

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If you don’t mind having a good sushi in a not so optimal ambience, Sushiro is the place for you. Strangely, Sushiro has two eating places on the same floor within Thomson Plaza — one located within the cluster of small eateries (pictured below), and one located in a proper shop about 30 meters away. It was my first time there and I saw the smaller one first so I dined there.

You’ll see what looks like a queue during dinner, but actually it’s because they have this self serving kiosk which is rather wonky and you only get to view the menu when you’re at the kiosk. Lots of time wasted here.

The self service kiosk only accepts cash. Didn’t have a chance to ask the staff if payment can be done by card. Also, the chef (left corner of the picture) looks pretty legit.

Salmon $3.20, Salmon Belly $4.80, Salmon Belly Mentai $6.20.

Rather rare to see nigiri so beautifully done in Singapore. The fresh salmon slices were pressed on top the rice with perfect, consistent pressure.

Bara Chirashi, $12.80.

The secret to a good barachirashi is the seasoning and rice. Sushiro’s seasoning was fantastic. It was flavourful yet not too overpowering, so you could still taste the freshness of fish bites. The ikura was plump and firm too. The rice however, was a little disappointing. I’m not sure what rice they used, but it doesn’t seem like Japanese rice, and it was a little too moist.

Gyu Yakiniku Set Meal, $19.80.

Look at the soft runny egg! And while you’re at that, take a moment to appreciate the thickness of the salmon sashimi as well. The gyu yakiniku was well cooked and flavoured. Soft, chewy beef slices with the right amount of onions. No complains about this dish sans the rice.

While Sushiro is a great place to get good quality sushi at affordable prices, Thomson Plaza is a little out of the way and there’s nothing else to do in the mall. So unless I’m around the vicinity to begin with, I won’t travel specially to here just for the food.

301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-113F, S(574408)

Closed Tuesdays.

Daily: 1145am to 215pm, 545pm to 915pm

+65 9450 1020

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OosterBay

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You’re hosting a party, and you’re fretting over getting thick, supple sashimi that will not disappoint. The supermarkets have it, but you’re busy preparing your house for the party and do not have the time to go get it.

OosterBay is here to relief you of that chore. You can pick and mix your favourite fishes, or pick from their available platters.

Platter A with an additional serving of salmon sashimi, $99.50 + $13.80

For the above price, you get:

  • 200g Salmon sashimi (14 to 18 slices)
  • 150g Mekajiki sashimi (10 to 12 slices)
  • 100g Tai or similar sashimi
  • 10 prawns Amaebi sashimi
  • 120g Ikura
  • 4 bowls of Japanese rice
  • Additional 120g Salmon sashimi (7 to 10 slices)

The platter is well presented, and the sashimi slices really do not disappoint. The only thing is that the platter wasn’t as chilled by the time it reached my place. Well it’s probably because I ordered during the festive period and they have a lot of orders to fulfill, so benefit of doubt, this lack of chillness should be an anomaly.

OosterBay also has other platters with more indulgent varieties such as scallops, otoro and oysters. This is my first order so I wanted to start small. Will definitely order the bigger platters for my parties in future.

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Kuro Maguro, Tanjong Pagar Centre

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Kuro Maguro sits within the newly renovated Tanjong Pagar Centre (just above Tanjong Pagar MRT) For lunch, the fresh sashimi bowls come with affordable prices which makes it a good value.

For a small space, the high ceiling works to give a comfortable feeling. I was told that the Japanese chef changes his hair colour and style every now and then so it’s definitely something to look out for.

Salmon Ikura, $20.80++.

Barachirashi, $18.80++.

One of the things I look out for in gauging the authencity of a Japanese restaurant is not only the nationality of the chef, but also little details like the quality of wasabi and origin of the rice. Kuro Maguro didn’t disappoint. The wasabi is freshly grated, complimenting the soft and fluffy Japanese rice. My only qualm for the above two bowls is that the amount of ikura could be more generous. Come on, have you tried those in Japan?

Kuro Maguro offers other rice bowls such as those done aburi style or with tuna as the main fish (sorry, I’m a super big fan of salmon and ikura, hence you can see the similarity in the two bowls above), which I would definitely want to try some day.

They offer much more for dinner in terms of side dishes to share, but If you’re headed here for lunch, do go early as seats are really limited. 

Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street #01-04 S(078884) 

+65 6386 8561

Daily 1130am to 2pm, 530pm to 10pm 

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