The Sushi Bar: New Outlet at Ngee Ann City

If you haven’t tried The Sushi Bar, you’ve totally missed out on some pretty damn good Japanese Food. (also you must be a suaku because this has been super popular over the past couple of years)

No really – after travelling to Japan almost yearly from 2006-2010, I must admit that I got a little picky with my Japanese food. In Singapore, no sashimi was just as fresh, and just as creamy as the ones I’d tried in Tsukiji fish market, and I had to settle for NTUC sashimi!

But a few years ago, my parents discovered this gem in Far East Plaza, nested on the third floor of the hidden mall that marks the start of Orchard Road. (unless you headed there every week for lunch after school, *ahem*).

Pardon the poor photos, these are pretty old phone photos – thank goodness my dad took pictures during our first visit anyway! Their very first unit in FEP was really small, and all my mum remembers was that the green tea tasted funny :p They did move to a larger location on the 4th floor of Far East Plaza (#04-28) in 2013 (if I’m not wrong!).

I can’t count the number of times I’ve eaten at The Sushi Bar now – it’s truly the only place in Singapore that I’d head to if I want some fresh and reasonably-priced sashimi/sushi. Too bad that you’ve got to queue/make reservations in advance – if you’re craving for some sashimi on Saturday noon, you’re out of luck! I’ve had to queue for one full hour before we were let into the restaurant before – bearing in mind that a queue snaking around the corridors of FEP typically already forms up to half an hour before the restaurant is open at 12.30pm.

I think I’ve brought practically all my groups of friends and family here to eat heh – and most of us agree that this is (arguably) the best Aburi Salmon Roll you can get in Singapore 🙂 In case you’re not sure what aburi isaburi is flamed and seared – the top of the fish is lightly seared with a blowtorch, enhancing the flavourful fish oil. For me, this light aburi completely changes the way the sashimi tastes – it’s this rich, umami flavour that leaves a lightly charred (but pleasant) aftertaste. It may however be a little jelak for some, so you might not be able to down that 10th slice of sashimi you thought you could finish.

Over Chinese New Year, my family brought my cousins’ family (who live in Shanghai) to eat there, and the only gripe my cousin had was that there was too much 料 and too little rice (he was absolutely dying by the time he got to the last 8 slices). C’mon – is that even an issue?!?! Their slices are thick and creamy, and served at the perfect temperature – I really hate it when sashimi is served freezing cold, or warm and droopy at room temp! (I did however find that their tuna was slightly dull; in general, I find tuna one of the most tasteless kinds of fish you’ll find in Singapore, so it wasn’t that big of a surprise/deal to me.)

Yesterday, we visited their new outlet on the 5th floor of Ngee Ann City (#05-34/35). It’s nestled in a corner, along the stretch of restaurants (near Best Denki!). This outlet is a ton more spacious than the FEP one, and the chairs/booths are a ton more comfortable than the stools at FEP to be honest! I was itching to visit the new branch as I’d heard that there were new dishes available – my favourite aburi don :’) :’) and a wagyu don. They were golden, by the way – I’d definitely recommend that you try them out.

Lynette, one of the 老板s, was truly warm and pleasant and shared with my dad (who’s super, super talkative) the Sushi Bar’s beginnings. My mum really likes their selling ethic – “This is the way you do business! You sell delicious food at reasonable prices, and people will keep coming on their own. If you keep overpricing and cutting the quality of your food (like that restaurant next door *ahem*), you’ll close down in no time”. I certainly hope that this place sticks around for good – if you’re ever in Singapore and craving for some Japanese food, you should definitely head down to The Sushi Bar!

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Taipei’s 瞞著爹 (‘Hide From Father’ (?))

One of the main reasons we decided to travel to Taipei in December, was of course, the amazing Japanese food! Taiwan is fairly influenced by Japan considering its proximity, so there’s quite a lot of high-quality Japanese food available 🙂

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Hidden in a corner of Songshan District, near Breeze Centre is 瞞著爹/ Mán Zhe Diē / ‘Hide From Father”s third branch. To be honest, it doesn’t look special at all…. But sashimi awaits inside!!

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“嘜歹勢,甲己来”, i.e. don’t be shy, go ahead! There’s a large pot of ‘soup’/tea outside for waiting patrons to drink!

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2014-12-24 13.07.53The menu

2014-12-24 12.22.51The chefs in the kitchen

2014-12-24 12.18.58The first floor; we were seated on the second floor


2014-12-24 12.20.34Sake dad ordered. It was… strong.


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Mentaiko 過貓/Wild Veggie Salad (??)

Works fine as an appetizer, but not a must-try. Was well-seasoned, with generous chunks of mentaiko.


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King Crab Miso Soup, 60NT (SGD$2.60)

While we loved the Shrimp Head Miso Soup our previous visit, we decided to try the crab-based soup this time. It was however, fairly disappointing, and tasted like any other miso soup.


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荒海蝦散寿司 (Mixed Sashimi-Shrimp Chirashi Don), 350NT (SGD$15.00)

Sashimi Lump, Rouge Shrimp, Halibut Fin Meat, Minced Tuna, Sea Urchin, Salmon Roe, Conger Eel, Squid


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海膽月見軟絲丼 (Mixed Sea Urchin Chirashi Don), 520NT (SGD$22.30)

Sea Urchin, Squid, Minced Tuna, Egg Yolk, Salmon Roe


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特选综合海鲜丼 (Premium Mixed Chirashi Don), 520NT (SGD$22.30)

Salmon, Conger Eel, Scallops, Rouge Shrimp, Halibut Shrimp Meat, Minced Tuna, Squid, Sea Urchin, Salmon Roe


The don that I ordered (the first one) happened to come with a mini-grill and seaweed to roll sushi in! Grill the seaweed over the fire until it’s crispy, and wrap the rice and sashimi inside. The seaweed is free flow – if you run out, simply ask for more 🙂

There’s really not much for me to review the individual dishes here – each dish is spectacular in its own way, and it’s simply a matter of what fish you prefer. Definitely a must-try if you love Japanese food, and happen to be in Taipei.


Quality: 4half
Environment: ★★★★☆ (The Taylor Swift music playing on repeat wasn’t very fitting for the Japanese atmosphere; you’re also forced to share tables, which may not be comfortable)
Price: ★★★★★ (You really can’t find sashimi at the quality in Singapore, especially at this price.)
Overall: 4half

瞞著爹三店  台北市 八德路二段 346巷 9弄 17號 1楼
Third branch, No. 17, Alley 9, Lane 346, Section 2, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan