[SUSHI RESTAURANT] New Seasonal Menu @ Sushiro, Isetan Scotts

Move aside, Genki Sushi and Itacho Sushi for there is a new kid on the block!

After what seemed like an eternity, Japan’s largest conveyor belt sushi chain Sushiro has finally reached our shores, bestowing us with not one, not two but three outlets across the island in just a span of 6 months (with the newest one at Causeway Point) to satisfy our insatiable appetite for sushi!

Sushiro at Isetan Scotts

Sushiro at Isetan Scotts

What’s the difference, the uninitiated may ask, between Sushiro and the many existing kaiten sushi chains here that warrants your attention? For a start, Sushiro has an extensive menu. Having tried Sushiro at their Taipei branch last year, I knew very well that the newcomer to Singapore’s food scene wasn’t going to disappoint in terms of their offerings. Apart from the usual sushi staples, you can expect other ingenious sushi creations as well, such as sea urchin and roasted beef (yes, this is actually one dish – best of both worlds for people like me!), monkfish liver gunkan, baby scallop and dongpo pork, not forgetting outlet-exclusive ingredients (which I will be elaborating on shortly)! Their appetiser and dessert menu is nothing short of inventive and decadent as well, with items like cold chawanmushi, mango shaved ice and heavenly catalana that will ignite the fireworks of enjoyment in you.

Free-flow of iced water near the entrance

Free-flow of iced water near the entrance

This is where you get your free-flow of soft drinks (except for juices and alcoholic beverages) if you have ordered them at S$3.50 per pax!

This is where you get your free-flow of soft drinks (except for juices and alcoholic beverages) if you have ordered them at S$3.50 per pax!

As my companion and I already had our orders in mind (we had long craved for a number of Sushiro dishes so their inception in Singapore was extremely timely!), we jumped straight into adding them to our virtual cart on the tablet. Within minutes, our personal conveyor belt (which is a division from the main lane) would be jam-packed with our orders and we had to scramble to bring them down onto our table (we had clearly underestimated the preparation time and trust me, it got crazier towards the end when we couldn’t find space on the table for approaching orders). Talk about efficiency 馃槄 Lesson learnt; clear your plates before you place new orders!

The iPad also alerted us when our orders arrived

The iPad also alerted us when our orders arrived

Sushi traffic jam on our dedicated lane!

Sushi traffic jam on our dedicated lane!

Now, here’s a fun fact: did you know that every sushi plate has an IC (short for integrated circuit) tag integrated into it to ensure that any sushi that has travelled 350 metres around the conveyor belt would be replaced with fresh ones? As someone who tends to avoid picking up sushi on the conveyor belt (as you wouldn’t know what other patrons had done to them before they reached you..), this certainly gives me a peace of mind.

Without further ado, let’s get right down to the truckload of food we had at Sushiro (so that you won’t need to) and some of our honest opinions on a selected few. Be warned, though, that the abundance of food pictures coming your way may trigger your hunger pangs so if you’re reading this at night, S-T-A-Y A-W-A-Y(and come back later 馃ぃ).

(Note: prices stated are exclusive of prevailing GST and Service Charge)

Appetisers

Chawanmushi with Scallop (S$3.50)

Chawanmushi with Scallop (S$3.50)

Cold Chawanmushi (S$3.50)

Cold Chawanmushi (S$3.50)

Cold Chawanmushi (S$3.50)

Cold Chawanmushi (S$3.50)

The cold chawanmushi was intriguing as it was something different from the norm. It had chunks of dashi stock that had been gelatinised to look like little pieces of precious gemstones that shimmered as the light bounced off the individual bits and pieces. Taste-wise, it was very similar to the hot version (I suppose the cold one would make a more refreshing alternative during sweltering days!) but I wouldn’t recommend this if you have sensitive teeth like me 馃槴

Mini Ramen, Sushi and Sashimi

Uni Ramen (S$8.50)

Uni Ramen (S$8.50)

The moment I saw this on the menu, I knew I had to get it because I absolutely love uni! I was rather impressed by the amount of uni (which is an expensive delicacy, if you didn’t know) served with such a small portion of noodles. The al dente te noodles were unfortunately clumped together which made it hard to eat. Furthermore, it would be a tad dry if not for the uni sauce. However, the dollop of uni compensated for all the shortfall.

And in case I wasn’t clear enough, the portion of the Uni Ramen is too small to be eaten as a main dish, but is definitely sufficient in satisfying your exquisite taste for uni! I totally wouldn’t mind returning just for this.

[SEASONAL ITEM] Blackthroat Seaperch Sushi (S$3.20)

[SEASONAL ITEM] Blackthroat Seaperch Sushi (S$3.20)

[NEW] Surf Clam (S$2.20)

[NEW] Surf Clam (S$2.20)

Steamed Abalone (S$3.20)

Steamed Abalone (S$3.20)

[LIMITED TIME ONLY] Giant Scallop (S$4.80)

[LIMITED TIME ONLY] Giant Scallop (S$4.80)

Salmon with Basil Cheese (S$2.20)

Salmon with Basil Cheese (S$2.20)

One of the crowd favourites, the salmon with basil cheese sushi is an east-meets-west fusion dish done right. The basil cheese added a different dimension and flavour profile to the sushi. The cheese might be a little too overwhelming to the extent that it kind of masked the taste of the fish, but it is still a unique dish that is worth trying nonetheless.

Whelk (S$2.20)

Whelk (S$2.20)

[OUTLET EXCLUSIVE] Otoro (S$2.20)

[OUTLET EXCLUSIVE] Otoro (S$2.20)

Available for a limited time only, the otoro sushi was value for money with mouthwatering marbling of fats to give a meatier chew.

Premium Grill Conger Eel (S$3.20)

Premium Grill Conger Eel (S$3.20)

Roasted Beef ($4.80)

Roasted Beef ($4.80)

As for the roasted beef sushi (which makes an unusual choice of sushi ingredient), the sauce complemented the cut of beef rather well. The cut of beef was cooked evenly although it might be a little too well done and was chewy at certain parts. Even so, it was not difficult to chew and swallow. The texture was also pretty soft for a cut of beef that was cooked well. If you like sea urchin (uni), be sure to opt for sea urchin and roasted beef sushi instead!

Salmon Sashimi (S$4.80)

Salmon Sashimi (S$4.80)

Desserts and Beverages

Warabimochi (S$3.80)

Warabimochi (S$3.80)

This paled in comparison to the real deal I had in Osaka last year as it did not give me that melt-in-your-mouth goodness I was anticipating. The texture felt more like that of a jelly – slightly rigid and rubbery. I say give this a miss unless you need some bitterness (from the matcha powder) to balance out the sweetness of other desserts that you are having.

Hattendo Shizuoka Matcha Pudding with Whipped Cream (S$4.30)

Hattendo Shizuoka Matcha Pudding with Whipped Cream (S$4.30)

Hattendo Coconut Pudding with Okinawa Brown Sugar (S$4.30)

Hattendo Coconut Pudding with Okinawa Brown Sugar (S$4.30)

Hattendo might have bade farewell to its patrons at Tanjong Pagar Centre following its store closure but its legacy remains. Sushiro has collaborated with Hattendo to continue to offer you its famous custard and chocolate cream buns, and matcha and coconut puddings! The coconut pudding had a satisfying crunch to it and the taste was rather close to chendol. However, we were slightly dismayed by the flat taste of the matcha one.

Mango Shaved Ice (S$6.50)

Mango Shaved Ice (S$6.50)

The mango shaved ice dessert lost out in terms of the richness of its mango flavour and sweetness although it can be argued as a healthier choice for people who are more conscious about their sugar intake. Texture-wise, the ice was shaved super thinly and was actually a joy to eat. This, combined with its not-so-sweet profile, meant that the dessert would be a hit among both young and old. The serving portion is huge too and can be shared between two or more people.

Crab Cream Croquette (S$3.50 for 2 pieces)

Crab Cream Croquette (S$3.50 for 2 pieces)

Chicken Karaage (S$4.80)

Chicken Karaage (S$4.80)

The chicken karaage, I would say, was a glorified version of har cheong gai聽– but I’m not complaining! Served piping hot, the batter was light and crispy and did not retain as much oil. It was so fragrant that I could actually smell it while on its way to me, and I just couldn’t resist having seconds! (And by seconds, I meant, like, repeated order 馃槢)

Catalana (S$3.50)

Catalana (S$3.50)

Catalana (S$3.50)

Catalana (S$3.50)

The catalana dessert was what I missed most about Sushiro during my stay in Taiwan. I even resorted to searching for the recipe online – that’s how much I loved it! Hence, when I got wind of Sushiro’s venture into Singapore, all that went through my mind was catalana… catalana… catalana…聽馃い

Catalana (or Crema Catalana as the Spanish calls it) is very similar to the French cr猫me br没l茅e, but is made from milk and then thickened with cornstarch and eggs. It consists of a rich custard base topped with a texturally contrasting layer of hardened caramelised sugar. I do not consider myself as one with a sweet tooth, but the catalana somehow managed to hit all the sweet spots!

Yuzu Juice (S$2.50)

Yuzu Juice (S$2.50)

Ah, yes, we were pretty amazed by the capacity of our stomachs as well. But it probably took me five trips to the gym to finally get rid of all the calories I gained that night. Still, stuffing my face with such great food from Sushiro was so worth it.

Despite the paranoia surrounding the virus outbreak, their Isetan Scott outlet was abuzz with diners lining up to secure a seat when I was there a few weeks ago and I am pretty sure the crowd hasn’t subsided yet (because there are only three outlets? And not a single one in the North-East region? How can?!). Hence, I thought it was very thoughtful of Sushiro to roll out a mobile application [Download: iOS / Android] for customers to make reservations for tables. The app also allows you to monitor your waiting time so that you won’t have to hang around the restaurant mindlessly when you could be doing something more meaningful (like shopping at Isetan Department Store? 馃槈) Oh, and don’t worry about table hoggers because there is a 60-minute dine-in period. This means you’ll definitely get a table within this time frame.

What do you think? Have you tried Sushiro before? What do you think about their food? Let me know your views in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Sushiro (Isetan Scotts) 路 350 Orchard Rd #04-00 Shaw House Singapore 238868 路 Operating hours: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm (Sun – Thu) & 11.00 am – 9.30 pm (Fri & Sat) (Please refer to THIS FACEBOOK POST for temporary closing times) 路 Nearest MRT station: Orchard (NS22) 路 For more information, please visit Sushiro FACEBOOK PAGE, INSTAGRAM or WEBSITE.
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Family Reunion @ Gion Dining

Happy Lunar New Year聽and聽鎭枩鍙戣储 to everyone, especially my聽Chinese readers! Also,聽璐㈡簮骞胯繘 to those who are still trying their luck on BlackJack and Mahjong! Lady luck clearly isn’t on my side this year as I kept losing money to my formidable banker and only managed to recoup some losses from playing Mahjong. Fortunately all my bets were small so I didn’t lose much. Plus,聽everyone had fun! And I guess that’s what matters most 馃檪

Ever since the passing of my Grandma, my maternal relatives had always have聽trouble finding a place to host family gatherings because no one likes cleaning up聽the聽mess at the end of each session (either that or cooking for a large group of people is tedious). So gatherings after 2009 were either held at my cousin-owned restaurant or聽the聽function room at my aunt’s condominium.聽But the labour crunch during the CNY period meant that it would be impossible to hold gatherings at these venues. So to save us from racking our brains, my uncle very kindly booked a few tables on 鍒濅簩 at Gion Dining to accommodate everyone.

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The Japanese restaurant, although conveniently located on the second level of Royal Plaza on Scotts (Orchard), didn’t quite draw the crowds because of Carousell Buffet on the ground floor, which serves as the main attraction for the hotel. So nobody else other than my family members walked into the restaurant the entire time, leaving the place entirely to ourselves! Shiok man!

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My #ootd from Love, Bonito. Boyfriend didn’t have time聽to go home to change because we had an impromptu Mahjong session the night before, so he just grabbed whatever shirt he left at my place.

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My adorable nephew and niece

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Niece and cuzzie

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One of my uncles, cuzzies and another little addition to the extended family!

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My niece, also聽boyfriend’s new god-daughter (his all-time favourite person. Yes, he likes her more than me)

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Qtipi

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Sake. Not really a wine drinker (especially Japanese wine) so I didn’t really take much of it. But beer works for me.

It’s now time to聽eat! What’s a Chinese New Year dinner without first making a mess on the table with lo hei?

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Look at the mountain of Salmon Sashimi..

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Full view of our Yusheng. For non-Chinese, Yusheng “usually consists of strips of raw fish, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients” and it’s “often served as part of a multi-dish dinner, usually as the appetizer due to its symbolism of “good luck” for the new year.” (Wikipedia) Apparently, this CNY tradition is only applicable to the Chinese community in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Surprisingly not so in PRC, Taiwan and Hong Kong even though it originated from the Cantonese community!

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Everyone at the table would “then stand up and on cue, proceed to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying various “auspicious wishes” out loud,” (Wikipedia)

That was my third Yusheng this year (you know, we Chinese really love doing things in abundance) and the one I had at Gion wasn’t the best out of all of them. Japanese-style Yusheng has always been my favourite because it usually comes with more fish (salmon) than those in Chinese restaurants and tze char.聽Although this came with really fresh Salmon Sashimi, they were in such big slices that they weren’t enough to go around. On top of that,聽the flour crisps were replaced by peanuts and bleagh, I dislike peanuts.

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Miso soup was nice but nothing special.

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The Chawanmushi was served hot thus I really enjoyed the smooth and firm texture聽(though still incomparable with my all-time favourite Chawanmushi from Itacho). If I remember correctly, there were diced chicken and artificial crabmeat.聽Perhaps it would appear more appetizing聽if聽it was topped聽with聽slices of Narutomaki (Japanese fish cakes with a swirl in the middle).

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The Sumuono Moriawase聽was one of my favourites that evening. There were prawn,聽octopus, crab claw meat and other meat (can’t remember the rest oops) with seaweed and cucumber in sweet vinegar sauce.聽They were all soooo fresh!

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Live oysters (shared among 6 people) was mad fresh too! Spritz some lemon juice onto it and you’re good to go! The coldness of the oyster made eating it even more enjoyable 馃榾

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Lobster sashimi (extreme bottom left) was MY FAVOURITE. It was so fresh and sweet! This dish was shared between 2 people but there were plenty of flesh on the claws so Bf and I didn’t have to compete against聽each other聽for it hehehe.

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This HUGE (I think it was as long as my arm) salmon was steamed to perfection. I’m not sure if it’s actually on the menu (or was it a special item requested by my uncle) because it tasted a lot like Seabass cooked Cantonese-style with all the sweet and savoury soy sauce. But the steamed salmon聽was so gooood and my jaw hung in stunned disbelief when it came. It was gigantic, I repeat, GIGANTIC.

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Close-up shot of the meat to make you drool!

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Tempura prawn and potato!聽Being a seafood lover, I’m surprised to find myself liking the potato more. It’s chewy and addictive!

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Okay, this is definitely not on the menu because it was prepared by one of my aunts – broiled mushrooms and chicken feet with abalone. #aufamilycancook!

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4 strips of Chicken Karaage because I forgot to take a picture of it when it was served. I don’t really like Chicken Karaage despite being a huge poultry lover because they tend to be really dry from my experience. But this was mildly juicy and very crispy! I believe this is a common item on their Groupon deals. Worth a try!

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I believe this聽was Gyudon (beef bowl) without the rice. It was a tad dry and I don’t think we managed to finish this. Kinda expected considering the amount of food we were served that night!

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These cheesecakes (I only had one slice of it anyways 馃槮 ) were the BEST I had tasted in my life, no joke! It was like a mixture of vanilla ice cream and fluffy cheesecake which literally melted in my mouth. IT WAS DIVINE OMG. If I didn’t have to rush off for a movie, I’d totally ask for another slice! This is highly recommended 馃檪

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And the sumptuous feast ended with a bowl of porridge which I felt was a um… strange arrangement? But it was alright and the watery texture reminded me a little of聽KFC breakfast porridge.

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Let me conclude this post with a picture of Bf entertaining my bored nephew in between dishes with Clash of Clans.

All in all, the dishes served towards the end of the meal were a lot better than the聽entrees and appetizers. I personally think that this restaurant has potential if not for the steep prices. After reading some not-so-favourable reviews about the restaurant online, I can conclude that Gion Dining specialises more in seafood sashimi and makes better food when there is聽a smaller dining crowd.

Try avoiding Groupon vouchers (the dishes they typically include in their Groupon promos look awfully cheap to begin with anyway) if you can afford the regular prices and don’t dine there during the period of time when Groupon vouchers are accepted as聽I don’t think the restaurant, which is visibly facing a shortage of manpower, is able to聽handle the Groupon crowd.

So there,聽I’ve said聽my piece! Thanks for reading 馃檪

Gion Dining
Royal Plaza on Scotts
25 Scotts Road
#02-01
Operating hours: Opens daily
Lunch: 11:30am to 2pm (lunch closed on Mondays)
Dinner: 5:30pm to 10pm
Contact number:聽67356100
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