Sushi Party – SGP!

April 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Last week, Japanese friends came into town.  Their purpose was to evaluate whether they wanted to be partners in Standing Sushi Bar and the sushi chef was here to check out Singapore as a place to live.

These were the goals:

  • Solidify menu concept – started but needs more work
  • Ascertain quality of fish / skill of sushi chef (he has 7 years experience of running a sushi bar… what does that translate to in taste!) – done and great!
  • Determine partnership / investment conditions – done – interesting discussion about how to split the percentage ownership and what each partner brings to the project
  • Drink sake / eat good food – excessively and happily done
  • Tour around Singapore (so the chef can determine if he will like it here) – I have never seen someone so happy to be eating ice cream in the hot sun as Kawa-san was.  And he loved the local food… first time to try Indian food
  • Check out restaurant supply stores / compare with what we saw in Japan – remarkably cheaper than restaurant supply stores in Japan.  Even before industry discount.
  • See the “Japanese” side of Singapore – didn’t get a chance to take them to Cuppage Plaza but we did see the smattering of Japanese restaurants at Central by Clarke Quay and the ones at Robertson Quay
  • Did I mention the drink sake part already? – they brought a cask; I drank it.  They also laughed at the price of the same cask at Meidi-Ya (76 SGD or so)… apparently at Tokyo airport it was dirt cheap.

    On Friday I ordered salmon, tuna, mackerel, ebi, and assorted fish from one of the suppliers I had been in contact with.  Figured we could check out the fish quality and the chef’s skill.  Invited 20 people over and had a feast.  It was a thing of beauty to watch Kawa-san strip a whole salmon and transform it into a wondrous slab of nigiri sushi.

    The salmon was top-notch.  Tuna… hmm.  Fresh but something was lacking.  Admittedly I prefer salmon over tuna.

    One lesson learned from this sushi party… the restaurant will need adequate ventilation.  For days after, my apartment smelled of fish.  And the leftovers… for 6 days afterwards I ate fish for every meal.

    I am happy that we got partnership details worked out and that Kawa-san accepted our offer.  As any good husband would, he needs to get final confirmation from his wife and I should be hearing back later today!  Out of all of us, he is probably taking the biggest risk – first coming to Singapore by himself but eventually moving his wife and children here.

    Hopefully after today, Standing Sushi Bar will have its first chef!

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