Mother’s Day!

Hello to all the mothers out there and an even bigger hello to all the children that want to please their mothers!

For you all that are still wondering what kind of treat you can give your mother, how about a meal at Standing Sushi Bar 8 Queen Street?  We have a special Mother’s Day set available for 35 SGD… and don’t worry if you can’t make it on Sunday, it will be available from May 13 – May 20 so you have a week to celebrate with your mother!

Standing Sushi Bar Mothers Day Set Meal Singapore

Mother’s Day Meal ($35) includes

  • Tempura Moriawase (assorted battered prawns and vegetables deep-fried)
  • Gindara Mentai (Grilled cod with lightly spicy cod roe)
  • Beef Carpaccio (seared beef)
  • Daikon Salad
  • Ice Cream
  • Rice
  • Miso Soup

Book online for 8 Queen Street or call 6333 1335 to reserve a space!

Omakase at 8 Queen Street!

Frequently after looking at a restaurant menu, I think, “Well, a bunch of the stuff looks good but I don’t really know what to pick.”  However I don’t to take the effort of narrowing down exactly what I’m going to eat.

And that’s where Omakase (chef’s choice!) comes in.

Omakase Standing Sushi Bar Singapore

You essentially leave it up to the chef to select what you’re going to eat.

At Standing Sushi Bar 8 Queen Street we are introducing a basic omakase for 29 SGD.  It comes with 6 selections as well as rice, salad, and miso soup.  The chefs will be changing this on a weekly basis so the picture above is just an illustration.  Expect fish from our sushi bar, some items from our robatayaki counter, and then offerings from our kitchen.

Next time, leave it up to the chef!  Book a seat by calling 6333 1335 or reserving online.

May Update

Hello everyone!  It’s been awhile since I’ve written about what is going on with Standing Sushi Bar.  Aside from the entries about various promotions and menus that we are trying out I feel like I haven’t gotten a chance to talk about the other things that are happening.  I suppose a big reason for this is, like any small business, when the owner gets busy certain things go on hiatus.

On the personal front I left my career of 14 years – I used to be a… I don’t know, community manager, platform evangelist, software tester for Microsoft and now I’m focused on building my own business.  I thought there would be a month of having a good break but surprisingly opportunities came a-knocking and I’m working on a few different projects.  One of the hardest things is to focus!  Too many ideas, too little discipline to handle them all, and too many video games still to be played.

Indonesia

The first branch in Indonesia (Standing Sushi Bar at La Piazza) opened on January 15.  We’re in the midst of finding a location for the second branch.  Exciting!  It’s crazy to think of simply how much larger Indonesia (and Jakarta) is compared to the tiny confine of Singapore.  Certainly a prime location in Jakarta would be awesome but there are so many cities that are underserved by Japanese restaurants that the potential is great.  Factor in significantly lower costs for rent, wages, and setup and you can see why so many businesses are trying to move into the country.

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Look ma! So much space at Standing Sushi Bar La Piazza!

Singapore

I don’t know whether I can credit our Monday promotion, feng shui, or some random thing I did on the internet (bookings through Chope? Loyalty built through Perx?)  but it’s as if folks have started stumbling into the 8 Queen Street restaurant.  Business is up significantly (I hope this doesn’t jinx anything!) so that’s definitely great, especially after a hard 2011.

Maybe it’s cause I yelled at the air-conditioning people and finally got them to fix it?  Hmm.

Over at Standing Sushi Bar Marina Bay Link Mall things have been chugging along nicely.  We introduced new dinner sets and that has helped bring in more customers outside of the Raffles Place lunch hour crowd.  I’ve been working on trying to get delivery started but it has been much harder than expected.  Short of building a web ordering platform from the ground up, most of the solutions out there are tailored for the US market.  There’s lots of room for growth over there (read: anything outside of lunch hours) and I’m excited about the upcoming opening of Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3… since it will bring in a ton of DBS Bank employees and it will be the biggest office tower in Singapore.  On the flip side it is also going to bring in more competition with something like 11+ new restaurants, including a food court.

Expansion

Grow, grow, grow!  I’m looking for new spaces to open Standing Sushi Bar in Singapore (and if anyone wants to talk about other countries, I’m open to it!).  I was keen on the upcoming UE Biz Hub but not keen enough to sign at the rent they wanted. I’m hesitant about the amount of office crowd at Changi Business Park that is willing to spend on lunch at a price point above $8.  With the opening of the Changi City Point mall and the upcoming UE Biz Hub, I feel like there will be a glut of restaurants all competing for the same type of customer… which is fine for an area like Raffles Place but possibly not for Changi Business Park.  It will be interesting to see how these malls evolve.

New Concept

In a “spin-off” to Standing Sushi Bar (can you spin a restaurant off like a sitcom?) I’ve been working on a new food concept.  I’ve almost settled on the first location for it, but since discussions with realtors and landlords can change at the drop of a hat, I can’t y where yet.  I’m excited but also nervous about how fast this one is moving along.

May should be an interesting month!

Tea Set at Marina Bay Link Mall

Raffles Place has a lot of quirks when it comes to having a restaurant there.  From 12 PM – 1:30 PM it’s a sea of people… literally foaming at the mouth, flowing through the hallway and flooding the restaurants in the area.  After 1:30 PM the people quickly recede back to their offices and it’s a slow drip until 6:00 PM when people start dropping in for dinner.

Since it’s the business district, people need tea breaks and places to hold chats; I figured we should offer a tea time special for the Raffles Place crowd that is looking for something different from the coffee and cakes.

Onigiri

3 Course Japanese Tea Set at Standing Sushi Bar Marina Bay Link Mall

Course 1 - Choice of: Salmon Skin Salad or Kani Avocado Salad
Course 2 - Choice of: Salmon Onigiri or Ebi Fry Handroll
Course 3 – Choice of: Furikake Onigiri or Salmon Skin Handroll

Price: 6 SGD
Available from 3 PM – 6 PM on weekdays

Valentine’s Day Set Dinner

February 14 is just around the corner and that means love is in the air.  Cue romantic music and visions of roses, rings, and magical red hearts.  Not surprising that all of our reservations on Valentine’s night are for groups of 2.  With that in mind, we are offering a special Valentine’s Day meal at Standing Sushi Bar 8 Queen Street and another set menu at Standing Sushi Bar Marina Bay Link Mall.

Book a table by calling +65 6333 1335 (8 Queen Street), +65 6634 7068 (Marina Bay) or mail eat@standingsushibar.com

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8 Queen Street - VALENTINE’S DAY “COUPLE’S SET” - $88 per couple

Appetizer

Three types of Japanese appetizers for each of you

Sashimi

Marbled, colorful raw fish… assorted slices of yellowtail, tuna and salmon sashimi along with creamy uni

Main Course

Gindara Ohba Yaki – two servings of grilled cod seasoned with Japanese ohba leaf, adding a lively mint flavor

Robatayaki

Two sticks of skewered beef with enoki mushrooms
Two sticks of grilled chicken wings

Soup

Dobin Mushi – Japanese teapot seafood soup for two

Sushi

Six pieces of sushi including shiro maguro, ikura gunkan, and akagai

Dessert

Three kinds of ice cream served with waffle

Marina Bay Link Mall – Valentine’s Menu (98 SGD per couple)

Mix Salad

Appetizers
2 kinds of Japanese appetizers to get the appetite working!

Sashimi
Assorted sashimi (4 kinds, 8 pieces)

Maki
Special Valentine’s Day sushi roll

Main Course
Wagyu Beef Steak
Salmon Butteryaki

Chawan Mushi
2 chawan mushi

Kake Udon
2 udon noodle soup to cleanse the palate

Dessert
2 kinds of ice cream

Yusheng for Chinese New Year

Straight out of the winter holiday season we’re directly heading into Chinese New Year. The time for us to all get together and toss raw fish, salad, and other ingredients as high as we can. Lo Hei!

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This year we will be offering yusheng with your choice of salmon, tuna, or yellowtail (or a combination of the three).

Regular Size (9 slices) – 26.80 SGD
Large Size (18 slices) – 33.80 SGD
Additional sashimi (9 slices) – 10 SGD

To order please e-mail eat@standingsushibar.com or call the branch you would like to pickup your yusheng from.

8 Queen Street: 6333 1335
Marina Bay Link Mall: 6634 7068

Available from January 1 to February 6 with the exception of January 21 – 26 when we will be closed for Chinese New Year.

2 Dollar Mondays: Super Promotion!

One of the fun things as a restaurant owner is that you get to do what you want to do.  And what I feel like doing right now at 2 in the morning is creating a mega super amazing unbeatable best Japanese food promotion for the most dreaded day of the week.  Monday.

Salmon Sashimi

  • Salmon Sashimi (5 slices) – 2 SGD
  • Glass of Wine, Plum Wine, Hot Sake, or Asahi Beer – 5 SGD
  • Glass of Sake – 1 SGD

So come celebrate $2 Mondays with us every Monday night from 6 PM – 10 PM at Standing Sushi Bar 8 Queen Street and Marina Bay Link Mall (9 PM close at Marina Bay).  Reserve a spot by e-mailing eat@standingsushibar.com or calling +65 6333 1335 (8 Queen Street) and +65 6634 7068 (Marina Bay Link Mall)!

Not valid with other promotions, vouchers, or discounts

*Updated on April 11, 2012 – due to the overwhelming popularity of this promotion and the fact that we make a loss on each salmon sashimi, we need to increase the price to 3 SGD for the salmon sashimi… which is still crazy, crazy, crazy!

Party platter for the holidays

“Just hear the sleigh bells jingling,
Ring ting tingling too
Come on it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you”

Ah, the winter holiday season is upon us and that means people are gearing up for parties, Secret Santas, and toffee nut lattes from Starbucks!

Many of you will have gatherings over the next few weeks.  Include sushi in your celebration with friends and family!  Standing Sushi Bar is running a promotion, 20% off the regular price of our party platters when placing an order 24 hours in advance.

Check out our platters and order now!

Quality Control Team

Terror and Sumo

Meet the quality control team from Standing Sushi Bar. Terror and Sumo declare the fish A-OK! Currently perched on one of our sushi cases in storage.

Night Festival 2011

Voyage Night Festival 2011 is taking place this weekend in the Bras Basah area. It’s a collection of exhibits, performances, and installations being held on the museum grounds as well as the SMU campus.  I believe admission to the museums (SAM at 8Q, Singapore Art Museum, National Museum, Peranakan Museum) are free during this period.

Standing Sushi Bar at 8QSAM will also be open until midnight on August 26 and 27 as well as September 2 and 3.  Come get a little culture!

Join our mailing list!

You know how there is something that you know you should do but you just never get around to doing it?  For me, creating a mailing list is one of those things.

With a location in Raffles Place, there’s high foot traffic and a strong likelihood of people dropping their name card into a fishbowl for me to add to the list.

With a mailing list I can contact interested diners directly and not rely on the whims of the Facebook notification system to provide updates.

But for whatever reason, I never got around to creating a mailing list.

Until now!

So please do sign up to receive updates about special offers, promotions, events and other related information.  If you have suggestions on what else you’d like to see, let me know!

Subscribe to The Sushi Times now!

Lamination

Ah, restaurant ownership… the picture in people’s heads is of a proprietor, mingling with guests, flitting from table to table and asking them how the food was while dazzling them with a charming anecdote or two about funny customers.

The reality is crouching on the floor at 1:30 in the morning stuffing A4-size paper into sticky plastic pouches to shove through the laminating machine.  Is it just me or is inserting paper into these pouches one of the most frustrating things to do? You stick it in and the corner of the paper juts out which means you have to peel the pouch cover back and try placing the paper again.

Well, at least I have 30 copies of the set menu for Standing Sushi Bar Marina Bay Link Mall laminated now.

Standing Sushi Bar in the blogosphere

I use blogsearch.google.com to keep on top of what folks are saying about Standing Sushi Bar.  It’s a great tool to find out what people are thinking and how their experience at the restaurant was.  Plus it’s simple to use; I just type in “Standing Sushi Bar” (including the quotes) and if anyone has written about the restaurant, I’ll see it.  Plus they include a date filter so I can see which our the newest entries.

Here are some recent reviews:

Sparklette – “Standing Sushi Bar‘s high quality, fresh and affordable Japanese food has stood the test of time, the standard remaining consistent over repeat visits to the different outlets.”

爱makan – “Attentive and prompt service, easeful atmosphere, economical sets menu and gratifying grubs. Tell me who in the right mind won’t be back for more?”

My World – “If you are looking for somewhere to eat fantasticly fresh seafood, this is the place to go.”

Blurting – “We also ordered fried Yakiudon which was one of the best I've ever had… just when I thought dinner was over, a mixed sushi platter was served. The sushi was good - fresh fish with small amount of rice underneath. The California roll was delicious.”

Alcohol + Free Food = Winning!

Well hey, look at that, I have a bar now.  Stocked with beer, sake, shochu, umeshu, and whisky!  I just so happen to have a big kitchen to go with it.

  • Purchase 3 bottles of any beer or a 300ml bottle of sake ($25) and receive tori karaage (worth $10) and edamame ($4) free! Must order all 3 beers at once but don't worry, we'll keep them cold for you.
  • Purchase any bottle of alcohol between $60 - $95 and receive ebi tempura maki ($12) and edamame ($4) free!
  • Purchase any bottle of alcohol between $100 - $175 and receive an assorted sushi platter (7 nigiri, 2 maki, worth $25) and edamame ($4) free!
  • Purchase any bottle of alcohol from $180 onwards and receive a matsu sashimi platter (7 types of sashimi with 14 slices, worth $45), ebi tempura maki ($12), and edamame ($4) for free!

Promotion valid only for dine-in at Standing Sushi Bar 8 Queen Street and can not be used in conjunction with other promotions. Promotion not applicable to sake sampler and whisky sampler.

Valid during all operating hours.

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Happy drinking and eating!

It pays to be kind

I admit I’m addicted to the Singapore Seen section on Stomp. While they bill it as a lofty site for citizen journalism, it has turned into a portal showing the ugly side of us all living together on this tiny island.

Public transportation woes, maid troubles, anti-foreigner diatribes, aaaggghhh!

Is this country really debating whether an able-bodied person should let an elderly or pregnant commuter take the priority seat on public transportation?  Isn’t the answer obviously “OF COURSE?”

The government has run campaigns to encourage kindness and graciousness. I’m not sure what the results have been, but it seems many folks are motivated to take action only if there is a concrete payoff.

So us here at Standing Sushi Bar are taking our sushi sensibilities and wading into the teeming, seething mass that is the Singapore public.  Our goal?  Encourage people to be kind – it will make Singapore more pleasant for all!

Do good with Standing Sushi Bar

We’re sending our ninjas out across the streets, trains, and buses of Singapore.  Armed with these kindness cards, if they see you doing something nice then you get free sushi!  Give up your seat on the MRT, hold the elevator door open, pick up some litter… no act of kindness is too small.

At Standing Sushi Bar, it pays to be kind.

What’s cookin’ at the sushi bar

Hello dear little sushi blog.  I feel like I’ve neglected you.  What can I say, it has been busy times.  We have been undergoing a lot of change at Standing Sushi Bar.  New menus, new chefs, new ideas.  Multiply it all times 2 since the two branches are essentially different restaurants.

I won’t sugarcoat; things are currently difficult.  Just as the Marina Bay Link Mall branch was clawing its way to success, the flurry of recent news about Japan has affected it again.  The 8 Queen Street location is still hurting from when the Japan incident first happened in March.

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Since business is a little slow I have been thinking about how to bring in more customers, especially to the 8 Queen Street location.  Two things I considered were price point and ease of getting the food.  Certainly lowering the price should broaden the customer base and making the ordering process less intimidating should help.  That was the reasoning behind the introduction of the sets during dinner and lowering the starting price to 13 SGD.

I’ve also been thinking about the awareness of the restaurant. Standing Sushi Bar has been in the news and major publications on a regular basis, so I feel like people have at least heard the name.  However awareness of the name is very different from an understanding of what we offer and why a diner should come in. That is something I need to work on – hammering it into people’s minds that we have high-quality food at a very affordable price and one of the largest sake selections in Singapore.

One tiring yet interesting activity that I did recently was putting flyers on the door of every HDB flat in the Queen street area.  Door-to-door walking, I felt like an MP making their rounds.  I used to really dislike flyers but I have to admit that for reaching out to people directly around you, flyers are effective.  And have you met the folks that potter around at home in the middle of a weekday?  Quirky and welcoming.  I was worried they would mistake me for a loan shark runner splashing paint on their door; I was surprised that some people would come to the door and take the flyer and then chat with me about the restaurant.

The next thing I want to focus on is getting the sake bar started.  Currently people are in the dining section but the bar area is under-utilized.  One issue is that we close early at 8 Queen Street; a drinking spot needs to be open later.  Chicken & egg – if there is no one drinking at the bar, do I want to keep it open late?  Or do I need to keep it open late in order to get people to start drinking at the bar?

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Those appetizers above go quite well with sake, by the way!

Over at Marina Bay Link Mall we’re also revamping the menu, particularly for dinner.  We need to add more cooked food… the tricky thing is that the open kitchen there is very small and we have to ensure that we don’t smoke out the restaurant.

Finally (thank you Li-En and Sufen who have helped brainstorm this) we are working on starting a delivery service for the Marina Bay Financial Centre, One Raffles Quay, and One Marina Boulevard buildings.  Hopefully I can get that running soon.

Dinner sets now available at 8QSAM

It has been a looooong time coming (I’ll explain the reasons in another post) but finally we have dinner sets!  No longer will people have to page through our a la carte menu and wonder how they can construct a meal.  After a hard day’s work everyone just wants to relax.

So at Standing Sushi Bar 8QSAM we have created a new set menu that applies to lunch and dinner.  Best thing is that we changed the price points and now the set meals are from 13 SGD onwards!

Check out our set menu

In a couple weeks we’ll have a new version of the set menu (with pictures) as well as a new a la carte menu for 8 Queen Street and Marina Bay Link Mall. 

Gindara Nabe Set
Excuse the photo quality – it’s taken by my phone camera. It’s the Gindara Nabe set.  Healthy!

Call 6333 1335 for reservations at 8 Queen Street!

Father’s Day set menu

I came out with the Mother’s Day set menu rather late, so this time I’ll be early with the Father’s Day menu.  Treat your dad to a special meal at Standing Sushi Bar this June 19!

Early birds get rewarded – 20% discount for making a reservation by June 12

Menu A (68 SGD per person)

  • Pidan Tofu
  • 3 kinds of appetizers
  • California Handroll
  • Ikura (salmon roe) Chawan Mushi
  • Grilled King Prawn with Mentai sauce
  • Robatayaki skewers – bacon & tomato, foie gras, yakitori
  • Noodle – choice of cold cha soba or hot Inaniwa udon
  • Dessert

Menu B (88 SGD per person)

  • Pidan Tofu
  • 3 kinds of appetizers
  • Sashimi (5 slices)
  • Robatayaki skewers – beef & enoki, tebasaki (chicken wing), shiitake
  • Hamachi kama shioyaki (grilled yellowtail cheek)
  • Sushi nigiri (5 pieces) and miso soup
  • Dessert

Nama chocolate

Each dad receives a free box of nama chocolates (15 pieces) from Japan. Yum!

The Father’s Day special menu is available only at our 8 Queen Street location. Space is limited so reserve today by calling +65 6333 1335 or mailing eat@standingsushibar.com.

What if Tin Pei Ling and Nicole Seah were sushi?

Election fever has gripped Singapore, and the candidates getting the most attention are Tin Pei Ling from the People’s Action Party and Nicole Seah from the National Solidarity Party.

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I don’t know about you, but whenever I meet someone new, I wonder what they would be like if they were a sushi roll.

I gathered available information about the two candidates and then gave my interpretation to the sushi chefs for them to create an actual roll.  Isn’t it convenient to own a Japanese restaurant?

Tin Pei Ling roll
Tin Pei Ling roll

Nicole Seah roll
Nicole Seah roll

If you want to find out how these rolls taste; they’re available from now through May 7 at Standing Sushi Bar 8QSAM for 10 SGD each!

COMMENT CONTEST – submit your interpretation for how the above sushi rolls are like their namesake or come up with your own description of a Tin Pei Ling / Nicole Seah sushi roll!  Best comment (as judged by me) posted by May 7 wins a 25 SGD voucher to Standing Sushi Bar (be sure to leave your e-mail address for contact)

Lunch and Dinner Gozen set (multi-course meal)

One trait of Japanese restaurants seems to be the huge number of items on their menu. This is a trait that Standing Sushi Bar also has. Diners come, take a look at the menu, and many end up feeling overwhelmed by the number of choices. I can understand. People like a variety of food during a meal, but the effort it takes to wade through a large menu makes them want to stick with the basics they can order off the top of their head.

To help alleviate this, we have created some multi-course gozen sets for lunch and dinner. Perfect for the lazy diner who wants to eat the highlights from the restaurant (i.e. a diner like me).

These are available daily at our 8QSAM location.

Lunch Gozen42 SGD (includes everything below)

  • Seasonal appetizer
  • Salad
  • Assorted sashimi (5 kinds)
  • Ikura Chawan Mushi (steamed egg with salmon roe)
  • Gindara with Teriyaki Sauce (grilled codfish with teriyaki sauce)
  • Rice and miso soup
  • Ice cream

Dinner Gozen – 60 SGD (includes everything below)

  • Seasonal Appetizer
  • Salad
  • Assorted Sashimi (5 kinds)
  • Gindara Mentaiyaki (grilled codfish topped with cod roe)
  • Tempura Mori (2 shrimp tempura, 1 fish tempura, 3 vegetable tempura)
  • Assorted sushi (3 nigiri, 2 maki)
  • Miso soup
  • Ice cream

Call 6333 1335 or e-mail eat@standingsushibar.com to make reservations!