Other than chicken rice, Singaporeans love their sushi to distractions. There are many outlets serving sushi and sashimi but one popular chain restaurants which I find good enough to recommend to readers on Lunch.com is Sushi Tei. It is a chain restaurants and there are at least 4 outlets I've frequented before; namely, Raffles City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Paragon Shopping Centre & China Square. Sushi Tei has 12 outlets in Singapore alone. In Indonesia, the chain has 13 outlets!
It's understood if you don't like raw fish, Japanese restaurants are not a good choice for you. However, at Sushi Tei, I'm glad to say you'll have enough good cooked food to satisfy even the most picky, like my sister! It has a varied menu of all kinds of Japanese food other than sushi & sashimi.
Sushi & Sashimi As all of Singapore's fishes for Japanese cuisine are imported (unlike the U.S. or Canada), it is very important to go to a restaurant which offers fresh seafood. In order to do that, its stock must be replenished often and with a huge clientele, the probability of it doing so is high at Sushi Tei. That guarantees the freshness of its sashimi and sushi and hence a lot healthier and delicious for the restaurant goers. Other than that, Sushi Tei also offers a variety of sushi and handrolls which I like. The Dragon & Phoenix Roll is really good. Highly recommended. There are also the usual kinds of sushi you may order, like Nigirizushi or Chirashizushi.
Tempura Tempura is my sister's favorite. As for me, I normally order a Zarusoba with accompanying tempura. A fresh shrimp made excellent tempura. It is really not difficult to prepare tempura at home. However, if you're lucky like I'm, it's a lot easier to have it at the restaurants instead ;-)
Zarusoba is buckwheat noodle served chilled with shredded seaweed topping. It is eaten by dipping them into small cup of sauce. I especially like this while in Singapore as the hot weather outside made a chilled noodle extremely refreshing and thereby increasing one's appetite!
Soba & Udon For those who merely want a simple meal instead of a feast, you can enjoy a bowl of hot soba or udon at this restaurant as well. Generally, the soup and the noodle are as important in making a good bowl of soba or udon. The best I've had are still in Japan. It might well be the weather that's making the difference. I'm not too fond of hot soup in a hot country like Singapore and Thailand. However, if you're yearning for something warm, soba or udon can be had at this restaurant too. For those who are familiar with Singapore, the best udon or soba is really not served in restaurants but food stalls like the food court in Liang Court!
Soups Salmon Belly soup is a must. This restaurant serves awesome salmon belly soup! It's a great way to warm up your stomach before you have any cold raw food. Alternatively, there are also Oyster and Seafood soup which you might be interested in trying. I've tried them all but I still prefer my Salmon Belly soup! Yummy!!!
Salads If you'are vegetarian, don't worry, Sushi Tei also serves excellent salads. Mostly Japanese style salads with some incredibly taste sauce that's house specials. Be sure to try salads with raw salmon, it's awesome! So there you've it, some of the goodies from Sushi Tei! Oh wait, there's still desserts!!!
Desserts I love the coffee iceballs from Sushi Tei. These iceballs also come in other fruit flavors. Other than that, there are also chocolate and macha dusted ice cream, if you are interested.
Do remember to leave room for desserts! It is easy to go overboard at Sushi Tei ;-)
Ambiance I like the dining ambiance at the Raffles City outlet. It feels more like fine dining and you may select your very own "cubicle" or circle of seats if you are early. I am not sure if they take reservations as I've never done so. Anyhow, avoid weekends if possible. Most of Sushi Tei's restaurants are packed during the weekend and also during normal lunch hours at the China Square outlet. In any case, it's worth waiting for a table. One thing about dining in Singapore though, it's getting way too expensive these days! So be prepared for it, especially if you are having sashimi!