I have a weak spot for cute stuff, and that was part of what led me to try out Sushi Express (争鲜回转寿司) from Taiwan, at CityLink Mall.
Let me be upfront. I am no food blogger, but I do know when I like a place. Other than the killer-cuteness, there is something conceptually different about Sushi Express. It seems like they have brought in the best practice from the experience in operating in other countries. The first thing that hit you is the everything at $1.80 per plate. Sometimes when you eat sushi on conveyor belt, the colour-plate thingie does make you think twice before grabbing the plate off the belt. With every item at same price, you basically take what you feel like taking. Isn't that supposed to be the joy of eating conveyor belt sushi?
Ah yes, the teabag. Regular tea drinkers will get the dissatisfaction when the tea gets too light after a few rounds of refilling of water. Over there, you've got a whole platoon of teabag supply falling-in in front of you. There's also this cute little rubbish bin at every table which does help to keep the table tidy. Now, why the need for rubbish bin? Cos the wasabi there is in little disposable packets. This is unlike most Japanese restaurants in Singapore where you have to dip the butter knife into that jar of rock-solid wasabi, sometimes contaminated with soy sauce and what-not. There is also this special white plate on the conveyor belt which is for you to put the transparent plastic cover from your sushi plate. Definitely helps to make space on your table and indirectly saving manpower. In fact, the GF and I were very pleased to have no disturbance from the service staff.
Then you may wonder, since everything is at $1.80, what are the choices like? Let's say besides the regular stuffs, we also tried things like sea urchin gunkan
, sakura shrimp, sakura white-bail, Mexican style cheese lobster, etc. The coffee pudding was pretty cool too.
We ended up with 16 plates and still haven't tried all their choices. Next time must really "争鲜恐后". Btw, they have those cute figurines behind the counter, but sadly not for sale. Sushi Express has many outlets in Mainland China and Taiwan, let's see if they can penetrate the local market.