Saturday, September 10, 2011

Possibly the Best Value Sashimi in Singapore - Fish Mart SAKURAYA!

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The more budget-conscious sushi and sashimi-eaters/lovers among us will undoubtedly know that the best possible value you can get is to buy a chunk of sashimi-grade fish at Jusco, Cold Storage, and take it home to eat. That's a lot of hassle, though, but it's the price we have to pay for stretching our dollar (or ringgit) as far as it will go.

Or is it? What if there was a shop where you could buy a chunk of fish at the same prices, hand it to the cook staff/chefs for them to slice it for you to eat there and then?

That's exactly the concept behind Fish Market SAKURAYA in Parkway Parade. The outer half of the shoplot is a Japanese grocery store, and the inner half is a restaurant! We picked out this $15 block of salmon, and it comes to our table in 11 big chunky slices. Awesome!

They've got a pretty big variety, too - salmon, tuna, kanpachi (yellow tail), squid, octopus, tai (sea bream), and even oh- and chuu- toros! It's not only just sashimi, they also do a decent variety of sushi and various 丼's (rice bowls). We pig out on an order of 大トロ (fatty tuna belly) sushi for SGD15. The fish is creamy and oily, but not as melt-in-the-mouth as the one we had in Daiwa Sushi.

Unagi, Tamago and Inari sushi's ($8 total). Pretty standard sushi fare - though we did think that the sushi rice was a bit off balance due to having way too much sushi vinegar.

Unagidon was SGD13 and was just 'okay' on the serving size. I didn't appreciate that they used vinegar'ed rice instead of just plain rice - by the time I polished off the bowl I was close to vinegar overload.

Conclusion? The sushi and other food here is decently priced but nothing to shout about taste-wise. However, the sashimi is unbeatable for its' quality and value for money - they don't add any service charge onto the sticker price, and huge, huge plus points for having toro (tuna belly) which I haven't been able to find at any other supermarket or Japanese food/fish market in Singapore.

Fish Market SAKURAYA is in Parkway Parade. If you don't have a car and don't want to take a cab, the easiest way would probably be to take the MRT to Bedok. Exit at Bedok South and wait at the bus stand - there's a free shuttle bus that takes you there every 20 minutes on weekends only.

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