Wednesday, January 30, 2013

No Sakae Sushi Buffet For Me? (A Singapore Food Post)

The Madir and I first had lunch at Sakae Sushi in the Philippines a few years back.  We both are huge sushi and sashimi lovers and since the restaurant was new (that time), we decided that a visit was in order (who are we to resist a Japanese buffet, right?  And at a kaiten-zushi place pa.  So cool!)

Although I love their staff (will be forever thankful for the special consideration they gave us during our visit), the food was not as memorable as I would have wanted it to be.  Nothing too fancy; just on the average side.  It was an experience, nevertheless, one of which I look fondly at from time to time.

Now imagine my surprise when I found out that Sakae Sushi is a Singaporean brand (which, I guess, sort of explains the mad following and the number of outlets they have here in the Lion City).  So since I'm in their home turf, the Husband and I decided to give them another shot.

Sakae Sushi

Now unlike in our neck of the woods (the Philippines) where an unlimited sushi and sashimi buffet is offered, here in Singapore I was actually surprised to learn that it didn't always follow the exact same tactic.  Sure they still offer the buffet-type spread but not all branches does it and if they did, it was only during select hours, and days, of the week.  Yoinks!  There goes my plan to pig out on raw fish!

But still, we forged ahead and didn't let that small detail stop us from dining at their Northpoint Shopping Centre branch one rainy afternoon.

Electronic Ordering

Tables are equipped with special monitors where you can view their menu and place your orders.

So high tech!

Once you've chosen your food, a wait staff arrives to your table and verifies your order.  Such convenience, don't you think?

Food and Drink

The Husband and I are strange creatures of habit; and one of our annoying quirks is our tendency to always order chicken teriyaki (for at least 1 of us) whenever we find ourselves dining in a Japanese restaurant.  

Nowadays, since the Little One started eating the same meals we'd have, she, too, has also become a factor in our choice of food since we have to take into consideration her likes (and yes, she also loves chicken teriyaki).  So you see, there's just no escaping it.

Good thing that Sakae Sushi offers this scrumptious Teriyaki Chicken and Soft Shell Crab Tempura Bento (S$16.99/Php560.67*) that's simply delicious.

Teriyaki Chicken and Soft Shell Crab Tempura Bento

Another Japanese cuisine favorite of ours is sashimi (particularly the salmon kind).  And here at Sakae Sushi, they have the perfect raw meal to suit each person's preference -- the Sashimi Moriawase Bento (S$15.99/Php527.67*) which is composed of assorted sliced sashimi with rice and side of potato salad.  Definitely not for the Little One since she still has a delicate tummy (mine, all mine!!!)

Sashimi Moriawase Bento
There's also this interesting drink here that I just couldn't resist not trying out -- their Strawberry Passion Fruit Yakult drink (S$3.99/Php131.67*).  It's an unusual blend of sweet and tart flavors with a slightly milky aftertaste.  

As far as I can tell, it uses Yakult, mixed in with sweet strawberry and passion fruit jam.  Small, sweet tapioca-like balls are also included in the mix.  Not exactly sure what the pearls are made of but it's slightly tart and watery once you bite into it.  Sort of reminds me of a huge fish roe.

Strawberry Passion Fruit Yakult drink

A really satisfying lunch, don't you agree?  J

*S$1 = Php33


Sakae Sushi
Northpoint, #02-58/59/60/61
930 Yishun Ave 2
Singapore 769098
T           (+65) 6482 5038


Please visit their website to view the complete list of outlets.


Planning to visit?  Drop by my "Getting Around Singapore" post (click here) for more details on how to get around the Lion City.


  1. I thought it was a Japanese brand. haha. Haven't been to Sakae Sushi here. Must give this a try soon! ;)

  2. So, is this better than the one you tried here in the Philippines? Baka kaya average lang yung sa Pinas eh dahil eat all you can.

    1. The food we ordered ala carte was really good. I can't say for their buffet though since we haven't tried it out yet. =)


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