Ah, sushi! The one delicacy I can eat endlessly without feeling like I’m a deep breath away from an Aliens-like “chest bursting” experience. Of course, sushi isn’t exactly the cheapest fare to be enamored with, especially if you’re NOT a monocle wearing, Lamborghini driving, non-public transportation taking individual who won’t eat sushi unless it’s prepared by a Japanese “celebrity” chef.
But if you’re a common mortal like me, who has a “budget” and appreciates the concept of “value for money,” you’ll probably appreciate this list of cheap AND good places to get sushi a whole lot more.
Here are some of my favorite sushi hangouts that not only offer some great sushi at a price that won’t leave you bankrupt:
1. Standing Sushi Bar
Despite its name, Standing Sushi Bar has plenty of seats to sit at in its 8 Queen Street location (so don’t let the name scare you!). The sushi itself is fantastic, as there’s a wide variety of maki, nigiri, and sashimi to choose from (the salmon is especially delicious!). And if you want to mix things up, with a hand roll, chicken karaage, or some shrimp temura, you can do that too!
But what really makes this place stand out from the rest are its incredible daily promotions! I won’t get into them here, but you’ll find a link to them below (*hint* if you love sashimi and sake, you’ll definitely want to see the promotions for yourself!).
A final word on Standing Sushi Bar – it tends to get a bit crowded, so if you don’t want to get disappointed by missing out on a great sushi experience, book a reservation at least a couple of days prior!
Location: 8 Queen Street, #01-03, Singapore Art Museum
Hours: Daily from 12:00pm-2:30pm (lunch) & 6:00pm-10:00pm
Damage $$$: $20-$30
Promotion: Standing Sushi Bar has some pretty great promotions going on from Monday-Thursday ($3 salmon sashimi, $2 sake, 50% off hand rolls, etc.). You can check out the full list of promotions here. Oh, and they also have a 15% off promotion when you pay with your Standard Chartered Credit Card.
2. Itacho Sushi
Itacho Sushi is a name on this list most of you will recognize by its regular long queues. So what attracts everyone? It’s quite simple really – reasonable prices for fresh, quality sushi. Like most people, I’m no sushi snob/connoisseur, but I know good sushi when I taste it, and Itacho is one of my favorite sushi places because it’s consistently good.
As for variety, Itacho has got plenty of that, with sushi ranging from $.40 “limited” deals on salmon with soy sauce sushi to $7.20+ per piece for something more exotic like “foie gras” sushi. Itacho’s bento-style combination plates and Udon are quite tasty and affordable as well.
Location: 68 Orchard Road, #02-35, Plaza Singapura (they also have outlets at ION Orchard, JCube, Changi Airport and Bugis Junction)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm & Friday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm
Damage $$$: $20-$35
Promotion: The JCube outlet has Happy Hour promotions between 2:30-5:30pm and after 9pm which offers selected sushi at $0.80 a piece. You can literally stuff yourself without worrying about the bill!
3. Sushi Tei
In terms of the variety of sushi offered, Sushi Tei isn’t too different from Itacho in that regard – there’s sashimi, nigiri, sushi rolls, tempura shrimp, ramen, udon, and many other Japanese favorites. But it’s also a little pricier than Itacho, especially for sashimi (everyone’s favorite right?).
But in terms of taste, I find Sushi Tei to be just a tad better than Itacho. In fact, the salmon sashimi at Sushi Tei was some of the best I’ve ever had. While more expensive, Sushi Tei definitely fits into the “value for money” category
Location: 290 Orchard Road, #05-04/05, Paragon
Hours: Daily 10:30am-10:00pm
Damage $$$: $25-$40
Promotion: Sushi Tei offers mostly promotions on certain delicacies, which you can find here. Nothing as fantastic as Standing Sushi Bar though.
4. Genki Sushi
Genki Sushi really is a gem when it comes to tasty and affordable sushi. Chances are you’ve probably passed it a few times during your excursions to Orchard Central, but this place is worth your time if you’re in the mood for sushi. Unlike the other places on the list than have a more “traditional” way ordering sushi, Genki just lets you order what you want from an iPad at your table, and within minutes your sushi is delivered to your table via a cute little “race car,” well, you’ll see what I mean.
The fare at Genki Sushi is quite fresh and tasty. And of course, like the other places on this list, there’s more than enough variety to choose from, and at reasonable prices. Of course, if you want to load up on salmon belly sushi, it’ll hurt your wallet a little. But if you take a moderate approach to your selection, it’s entirely possible to get stuffed on less than $20.
Location: 181 Orchard Road, #03-32, Orchard Central
Hours: Daily 11:30am-10:00pm
Damage $$$: $20-$25
5. Nihon Mura
Nihon Mura is much like Sakae Sushi in its concept. It’s got the classic conveyor belt that slides sushi goodness past every table. You can also request made-to-order sushi via iPad as well, following Genki and Sakae in that respect.
But what I LOVE about this place is the price. $1.50 for EVERY PLATE! Granted, Nihon Mura isn’t going to beat out any of the places on this list when it comes to taste; it sure as hell beats all of them when it comes to value (and yeah, the sushi is not that bad either).
And for salmon sashimi at $1.50, you really can afford to eat that and nothing else for about $15.00 if that’s what you really want to do. While not exactly sushi, you should definitely try the fried salmon skin, it’s definitely worth the wait!
Location: 2 Handy Road, The Cathay #B1-04, Singapore 229233
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm & Friday-Saturday 11:30am-1:30am
Damage $$$: $15-$20
Promotion: None at the moment, but you can always check here periodically to see what promotions are going on.
Final Note: Just because some of these places don’t advertise their promotions doesn’t mean they don’t have any available. In fact, it’s a good idea to call beforehand and ask if they offer any credit card promotions (such as Standing Sushi Bar’s 15% Standard Chartered promo!). Stay tuned with us on Facebook as we share more awesome deals and promotions you need to look out for!
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