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.

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!

What I used to look forward to

I used to look forward to holidays, paydays, and rainy weekends.

Since opening the restaurant, I find myself cursing weeks that have holidays, dreading the payday at the end of the month, and staring out the window wishing the rain would stop.

Why?

Holidays – two branches of Standing Sushi Bar are located in the Raffles Place business district. Since it’s the business district, the majority of the business occurs during the weekdays, especially the lunch period. That’s 20 days a month to sell enough sushi to cover rent, inventory, payroll, etc. On those 20 days a month, you’re really looking at a 2 hour or less lunch rush each day. 40 hours to make enough money for expenses and hopefully some profit.  When there is a holiday, that’s cutting into the 20 days a month… now you’re down to 19 days. Plus people like to extend their holidays by taking the weekday before or after as vacation… now 18 days. Difficult.

Payday – As a small business, and as the person doing the administrative work, the act of writing paychecks is the manifestation of money flying out of the pockets. Calculating CPF, writing checks, printing payslips, etc. for 25+ people is a mixed feeling. It’s great that the staff will be happy and flush with money, but the drained account and tired wrist make me (sad face).  Smile

Rain – I’m like a crazy Native American during the week, trying to do rain dances at lunch time. When it rains the folks in Raffles Place don’t want to get wet so they stay in the underground malls where two of the restaurants are. It’s a definite full house when it rains during a weekday lunch.  On the weekends it’s our 8 Queen Street outlet that we have to rely on for business… that’s located at the Singapore Art Museum and in a neighborhood where people are only going to come when it’s pleasant weather.  So weekends like this one where it has rained nonstop kill the business. (Sad face)

This week is the trifecta – I’m sitting here at home on a Sunday night, listening to the sound of the rain while writing all the paychecks to hand out tomorrow before we close for the long Chinese New Year holiday.

I hope I get ang baos!