Shin Tokyo Sushi – Shoddy At Best

Come Sunday and I was still feeling queasy from Friday’s dinner but I thought I had better eat something having gone through a day without food. Afrer that morning’s street photography session which I missed, Gan called me and we made a rendezvous to meet at Far East Plaza in about 20 minutes’ time.

I had consulted The Silver Chef if Yusof Arni was opened for dinners and on Sundays (a Malay cuisine I wanted to try after reading his blog because he reported “this Black Pepper Squid will forever change your notion of eating squid, permanently”) and he said they should. I was craving for something spicy and stimulating to whet my appetite and the opportunity to eat at Yusof Arni’s never presented itself better.

Gan misunderstood me and was at Far East Shopping Centre, a completely different building, a few hundred meters away. I sweat it for him in the sweltering heat. While waiting, I was approached by a lady dressed in vivid colours – a Bavarian barmaid costume! Ah… Oktoberfest came to mind immediately. She handed me 2 coupons for free beers. I declined and told her I was waiting for a friend but she said to go if we hadn’t anything to do afterwards. I kept the coupons in my bag and forgot about it.

Chi Sao came from Far East Shopping Centre to meet me at Far East Plaza.

Gan came from Far East Shopping Centre to meet me at Far East Plaza.

We circled the fifth level of the 800+ shops mall but could not locate a Malay cuisine stall and when we finally found it, the metal shutters were down. On that same level was a famous HCR and an Ayam Penyet shop but the queue at both were long. And then I remembered reading 2 posts on The Sushi Bar by Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow and Spring Tomorrow on how good the sushi was, so I led Gan down the escalators. Another merry-go-round on the 3rd level and again another shut door! There must be food where there’s shorter queue. I’m a little weak and famished by now.

In the basement, we saw a few small cubical stores selling takeaways Hong Kong and Taiwanese snacks, and a open concept shop selling local noodles which I have tried with Keef before and wasn’t impressed so we wandered to the next shop, a restaurant by the name Shin Tokyo Sushi, which offered “Halal Japanese fusion” sushi, sashimi. We walked in and was led to the sushi counter. From the get go, I regretted. The bar stool was so uncomfortable I couldn’t sit properly and in the end had to “half-sit”, placing one leg onto the floor to steady myself. While eating I had to “crouch” and that irritated my weary tummy. In the end, I stood up (more comfortable) to finished my meal.

The sushi train went by a few rounds and nothing was really appetising.

The sushi train went by a few rounds and nothing was really appetising.

In the end, Gan had two or three white plated sushi which went for 99 cents each. They are sold for S$2.30++ when not on promotions.

In the end, Gan had two or three white plated sushi which went for 99 cents each.
They are sold for S$2.30++ when not on promotions.

I had a soft shell crab sushi and another which was made on the spot by the chef.

I had a soft shell crab sushi and another which was made on the spot by the chef.

If I am not mistaken, this sushi chef is from China.

If I am not mistaken, this sushi chef is from China.

Tuna on sushi rice wrapped in salmon made by the chef. Plating was horrible and this was not acceptable in any respectable sushi house.

Tuna on sushi rice wrapped in salmon made by the chef.
Plating was horrible and this was not acceptable in any respectable sushi house.

The salmon wrap was so unprofessionably done, the fish came off before I could even dip it into the soy.

The salmon wrap was so unprofessionably done, the fish came off before I could even dip it into the soy.

Next came the Tomyum Ramen that Gan ordered.

Next came the Tomyum Ramen that Gan ordered.

I have never tried dry ramen before so I asked for a taste.

I have never tried dry ramen before so I asked for a taste.

As you can see, I'm a ramen-eating flamingo.

As you can see, I’m a bloated ramen-eating flamingo.

The Thais would be ashamed to be associated with the word Tomyum attached to it. The chicken was dry and tasteless.

The Thais would be ashamed to be associated with the word Tomyum attached to it.
The chicken was dry and tasteless.

My order of Unagi Kabayaki.

My order of Unagi Kabayaki.

The eel was quite gamey, it made my tummy turned.

The eel was quite gamey, it made my tummy turned.

And it’s not just me who felt that way. I read a review on HGW (Hungry Go Where) tonight while doing this post and one Oblivious Bunny who had her meal at Shin Tokyo @ Clementi City Vibe branch (in Nov 2012 – omg, that was a year ago and they didn’t even improve!) said,

“Cheap but never again…

We were surprised that at lunch time, the restaurant was still very quiet. Most of the tables were empty, except for a group or two other than my lunch party. We were about to discover why…

For the sushi itself, I tried the salmon ones and while the fish wasn’t the freshest, it was still passable. The rice was a completely different story, it was so compact that the rice grains lost the fluffy texture; just imagine eating a rice brick – yucks!

We waited almost 15mins for the ramen to be served and it was almost cold when the bowls reached us. The stock was tasty but I’m sure it would have been better if it was warm.

Halfway through our meal, houseflies decided that they too want to join us girls for lunch as well and hovered over our food and heads.

Honestly, $15 is cheap for a Japanese all-you-can eat but the bunny will definitely say no thank you to Shin Tokyo for lunch in future!”

This is definitely one place I will not return to and after reading Bunny’s blogpost, Shin Tokyo at any area is not going to make it on my “places-to-return-to” list. Two bad meals in a row! I could taste a little vomit in my mouth as I recall them. Sorry, I retched. The damage was S$51 (I don’t think it’s cheap for the quality of food we had) and while opening up my bag to get my wallet, I saw the beer coupons…

How about washing my regurgitation down with an ice cold beer? I don’t think German beverage would be loathesome… Keeping my fingers and toes crossed 😉

Shin Tokyo Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road, #01-22,
Far East Plaza.
Singapore 228213.

Operating Hours: 11.30am – 10.00pm (Daily)

Tel: 6238 7983.

P.S. Light bulb image credit: Google Images, Karl Bartel.

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6 Responses to “Shin Tokyo Sushi – Shoddy At Best”
  1. Going without food, traveling/walking a long distance for a good meal, then being disappointed is one of the saddest stories. Hope your tummy has fully recovered.

  2. actually it was the lead para that stopped me in my tracks: “having gone through a day without food”. Even I would not do this. 😉

    • Sam Han says:

      hello stranger! are you in Laos? how’s the food scene? take care and see your posts soon 😀

      • yes, sorry. I have been on the road with not much connectivity, and so find it hard to read or post. I am now in Ho Chi Minh city, which is why I have a chance to catch up. Food in Laos? Talking to you about food would be like talking to Einstein about physics – I am not qualified 😉

      • Sam Han says:

        you are asian food guru 😉 take some street food pictures to show me. the women gave you soap but in Laos and Vietnam, maybe they’ll give you bread? thanks in advance! 😀 😀 😀

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