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Quality Control Team

Terror and Sumo

Meet the quality control team from Standing Sushi Bar. Terror and Sumo declare the fish A-OK! Currently perched on one of our sushi cases in storage.

October 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm 1 comment

Night Festival 2011

Voyage Night Festival 2011 is taking place this weekend in the Bras Basah area. It’s a collection of exhibits, performances, and installations being held on the museum grounds as well as the SMU campus.  I believe admission to the museums (SAM at 8Q, Singapore Art Museum, National Museum, Peranakan Museum) are free during this period.

Standing Sushi Bar at 8QSAM will also be open until midnight on August 26 and 27 as well as September 2 and 3.  Come get a little culture!

August 26, 2011 at 7:16 am 4 comments

Lamination

Ah, restaurant ownership… the picture in people’s heads is of a proprietor, mingling with guests, flitting from table to table and asking them how the food was while dazzling them with a charming anecdote or two about funny customers.

The reality is crouching on the floor at 1:30 in the morning stuffing A4-size paper into sticky plastic pouches to shove through the laminating machine.  Is it just me or is inserting paper into these pouches one of the most frustrating things to do? You stick it in and the corner of the paper juts out which means you have to peel the pouch cover back and try placing the paper again.

Well, at least I have 30 copies of the set menu for Standing Sushi Bar Marina Bay Link Mall laminated now.

August 4, 2011 at 1:50 am 3 comments

Standing Sushi Bar in the blogosphere

I use blogsearch.google.com to keep on top of what folks are saying about Standing Sushi Bar.  It’s a great tool to find out what people are thinking and how their experience at the restaurant was.  Plus it’s simple to use; I just type in “Standing Sushi Bar” (including the quotes) and if anyone has written about the restaurant, I’ll see it.  Plus they include a date filter so I can see which our the newest entries.

Here are some recent reviews:

Sparklette – “Standing Sushi Bar‘s high quality, fresh and affordable Japanese food has stood the test of time, the standard remaining consistent over repeat visits to the different outlets.”

爱makan – “Attentive and prompt service, easeful atmosphere, economical sets menu and gratifying grubs. Tell me who in the right mind won’t be back for more?”

My World – “If you are looking for somewhere to eat fantasticly fresh seafood, this is the place to go.”

Blurting – “We also ordered fried Yakiudon which was one of the best I’ve ever had… just when I thought dinner was over, a mixed sushi platter was served. The sushi was good – fresh fish with small amount of rice underneath. The California roll was delicious.”

July 26, 2011 at 10:17 am 2 comments

Alcohol + Free Food = Winning!

Well hey, look at that, I have a bar now.  Stocked with beer, sake, shochu, umeshu, and whisky!  I just so happen to have a big kitchen to go with it.

  • Purchase 3 bottles of any beer or a 300ml bottle of sake ($25) and receive tori karaage (worth $10) and edamame ($4) free! Must order all 3 beers at once but don’t worry, we’ll keep them cold for you.
  • Purchase any bottle of alcohol between $60 – $95 and receive ebi tempura maki ($12) and edamame ($4) free!
  • Purchase any bottle of alcohol between $100 – $175 and receive an assorted sushi platter (7 nigiri, 2 maki, worth $25) and edamame ($4) free!
  • Purchase any bottle of alcohol from $180 onwards and receive a matsu sashimi platter (7 types of sashimi with 14 slices, worth $45), ebi tempura maki ($12), and edamame ($4) for free!

Promotion valid only for dine-in at Standing Sushi Bar 8 Queen Street and can not be used in conjunction with other promotions. Promotion not applicable to sake sampler and whisky sampler.

Valid during all operating hours.

Umeshu

Happy drinking and eating!

July 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm 4 comments

It pays to be kind

I admit I’m addicted to the Singapore Seen section on Stomp. While they bill it as a lofty site for citizen journalism, it has turned into a portal showing the ugly side of us all living together on this tiny island.

Public transportation woes, maid troubles, anti-foreigner diatribes, aaaggghhh!

Is this country really debating whether an able-bodied person should let an elderly or pregnant commuter take the priority seat on public transportation?  Isn’t the answer obviously “OF COURSE?”

The government has run campaigns to encourage kindness and graciousness. I’m not sure what the results have been, but it seems many folks are motivated to take action only if there is a concrete payoff.

So us here at Standing Sushi Bar are taking our sushi sensibilities and wading into the teeming, seething mass that is the Singapore public.  Our goal?  Encourage people to be kind – it will make Singapore more pleasant for all!

Do good with Standing Sushi Bar

We’re sending our ninjas out across the streets, trains, and buses of Singapore.  Armed with these kindness cards, if they see you doing something nice then you get free sushi!  Give up your seat on the MRT, hold the elevator door open, pick up some litter… no act of kindness is too small.

At Standing Sushi Bar, it pays to be kind.

July 6, 2011 at 6:53 am Leave a comment

What’s cookin’ at the sushi bar

Hello dear little sushi blog.  I feel like I’ve neglected you.  What can I say, it has been busy times.  We have been undergoing a lot of change at Standing Sushi Bar.  New menus, new chefs, new ideas.  Multiply it all times 2 since the two branches are essentially different restaurants.

I won’t sugarcoat; things are currently difficult.  Just as the Marina Bay Link Mall branch was clawing its way to success, the flurry of recent news about Japan has affected it again.  The 8 Queen Street location is still hurting from when the Japan incident first happened in March.

SSB-Food-Web-22

Since business is a little slow I have been thinking about how to bring in more customers, especially to the 8 Queen Street location.  Two things I considered were price point and ease of getting the food.  Certainly lowering the price should broaden the customer base and making the ordering process less intimidating should help.  That was the reasoning behind the introduction of the sets during dinner and lowering the starting price to 13 SGD.

I’ve also been thinking about the awareness of the restaurant. Standing Sushi Bar has been in the news and major publications on a regular basis, so I feel like people have at least heard the name.  However awareness of the name is very different from an understanding of what we offer and why a diner should come in. That is something I need to work on – hammering it into people’s minds that we have high-quality food at a very affordable price and one of the largest sake selections in Singapore.

One tiring yet interesting activity that I did recently was putting flyers on the door of every HDB flat in the Queen street area.  Door-to-door walking, I felt like an MP making their rounds.  I used to really dislike flyers but I have to admit that for reaching out to people directly around you, flyers are effective.  And have you met the folks that potter around at home in the middle of a weekday?  Quirky and welcoming.  I was worried they would mistake me for a loan shark runner splashing paint on their door; I was surprised that some people would come to the door and take the flyer and then chat with me about the restaurant.

The next thing I want to focus on is getting the sake bar started.  Currently people are in the dining section but the bar area is under-utilized.  One issue is that we close early at 8 Queen Street; a drinking spot needs to be open later.  Chicken & egg – if there is no one drinking at the bar, do I want to keep it open late?  Or do I need to keep it open late in order to get people to start drinking at the bar?

Chinmi

Those appetizers above go quite well with sake, by the way!

Over at Marina Bay Link Mall we’re also revamping the menu, particularly for dinner.  We need to add more cooked food… the tricky thing is that the open kitchen there is very small and we have to ensure that we don’t smoke out the restaurant.

Finally (thank you Li-En and Sufen who have helped brainstorm this) we are working on starting a delivery service for the Marina Bay Financial Centre, One Raffles Quay, and One Marina Boulevard buildings.  Hopefully I can get that running soon.

June 22, 2011 at 6:10 am 1 comment

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