Day 1

August 21, 2009 at 9:07 am 15 comments

It has been a hectic couple days. I’m about to head to SSB for Day 3 but was just browsing through some of the pictures from our opening day.

In the morning… pre-opening calm.

Coral and I. She’s been an instrumental part in all of this… from early February when we were watching TV and she asked me, “Whatever happened to your sushi bar idea? Maybe you should look for available spaces again.” Now she’s the manager!

Our very small sign at the top right of the shopfront. It’s a long wooden panel with nothing on the left. Might want to put more stuff up or maybe should leave it as a minimalist sign.

Sakae Sushi is across the hall from us. I chatted with their manager, Doreen, and took her on a tour of Standing Sushi Bar. We have stuff they don’t have, they have stuff we don’t have. We shall do customer exchange and make OUB Centre the new sushi haven!

Kawasan otoro 
Time to get the fish ready! Kawasan prepares a big block of otoro… cutting it into the smaller pieces (netta) that are in the sushi display cases. Mmm… melt-in-your mouth fatty tuna belly.

Rayne is camera shy. I had to snap this one when he turned his head back. He was probably thinking, “As the owner, do you want to take my picture or do you want me to prepare the fish so that we can actually have something for the customers to eat?”

Roy has been working in the Japanese restaurant industry for 20+ years. Here he is reassuring me that we will be fine. Peace!

A few of our lovely staff: Nicolette, Taryn, and Charlene.  Don’t they just want to make you smile? I have no idea why but every time I say anything to Charlene, she bursts out laughing. Even if it’s along the lines of, “One of you has to play dishwasher for the day since our machine isn’t usable yet.” On a sidenote, Nicolette, Taryn, Roy and Coral have tattoos. This was apparently an unspoken job requirement I was looking for.

Hokkaido Crab 
One of our opening week specials… Hokkaido crab. Massive!

That’s me on my laptop using TweetDeck.

Flower bouquets congratulating us begin to arrive. As my friend Bernard mentioned, he had never seen one guy get so many flowers. I did feel a little funny my name was on the bouquets.

Potato salad 
One of Roy’s specials. I was skeptical at first… potato salad?? But then I ate it. Awesome.

Back of sushi bar 
Behind the sushi bar right before we open.

Our crew went out to pass out some flyers 30 minutes before opening. This nice young lady got one of the flyers, said she wanted some lunch, and asked if she could eat now. So yes… our first customer was 10 minutes before official opening time. That is a good sign! Thank you Elizabeth for being the first brave soul to eat at Standing Sushi Bar! (though technically I think she got customized take-away so she didn’t eat it there…)

Leon and Jonathan 
The next two customers – from the Microsoft crew! Leon and Jonathan. The latter bringing a little street cred into the shop with his gang sign.

Note the tamago nigiri on the right. It’s one of Kawa-san’s specials. I guarantee you will not have any tamago like it in all of Singapore. Must try.

Serene dramatically eats in the early evening. One of our first dinner customers!

Sushi action 
Kawa-san begins the sushi action

Handroll and tea 
Handroll anyone? Oh, just a small mention – we have free hot green tea and water for all, so just ask!

Twitterverse is represented! @amandaxr, their friend, and @alkanphel are standing!

Janice presents me with the fortune cat. All shops need one of these!

Hello fortune cat. I shall nickname you “standing sushi cat.” I am glad you don’t like smoking.

Look at how relaxed people are while they are standing and eating. :)  (on a sidenote, I was looking at the line of people outside Sakae yesterday and thinking to myself that the amount of time they’re standing in line to wait to get a seat, they could be standing and eating already…)

Shane has been a loyal repeat customer. In the span of 2 days he has eaten 3 times at the restaurant! (And I don’t force him to do that as a condition of our friendship).

Friends! Including picky eater Peishan who I was glad to see eat inari and tamago happily. Maybe one day she’ll try out the fish. On an unrelated note, I think Jussi should shave his beard.

Long-term planning – we’re already hoping for the next generation of sushi lovers to join us!

And that, friends and neighbors, was day 1.


Entry filed under: General, Starting-up, Store.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leon  |  August 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

    God I look like a frickin’ gimboid in that photo…

  • 2. Berno  |  August 21, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Can I have a a “Standing Bar Sushi” t-shirt? And soon the word about your restaurant will make its rounds around the LKY School and the rest of the Bukit Timah campus.

    • 3. stand4sushi  |  September 7, 2009 at 2:23 am

      I’ll give you a t-shirt when I make a new batch. Our current shirts shrink after 1 wash / dry cycle so I need to create better ones!

  • 4. arianec  |  August 21, 2009 at 9:48 am

    congratulations! have been following the blog since its early days, am excited to see the restaurant is up. cant wait to go down to try 🙂

  • 5. Peishan  |  August 21, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I had potato salad, agedeshi tofu and avocado handroll too! All delicious!

  • 6. Miss Glitzy  |  August 21, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Looking good! And your babes are so hot!!

  • 7. Amandaxr  |  August 21, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I have to say that you’ve got attractive wait-staff! Btw, please thank Charlene on our behalf for her constantly topping up our tea! 😀

  • 8. Disco Asian  |  August 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I didn’t see the Hokkaido crab anymore when I went! I wish SSB was at Orchard so that I can go every week!

  • 9. Joan  |  August 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    The Hokkaido crab was delicious! 🙂 Am sure Clare would have been really pleased to know that she was your first child customer.

  • 10. Toku Se  |  August 27, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Kawa San makes the best sushi in the world. Singaporean are so lucky to have him there. I’d travel to S’pore anytime from Canada just to eat his sushi. He’s a real artist. One of a kind. So special.

  • 11. Jonathan Wong  |  August 27, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    ‘Grats on completin’ yo first week, yo. Werd. 🙂

    – Gangsta’ J

  • 12. Markus  |  September 5, 2009 at 12:39 am

    imma absolutely shocked to see my friend in one of your photos.
    i caught your blog on a foodie’s twitter.
    Will pop by to try your food soon! Hope everything goes smoothly!


  • 13. Patrick  |  September 5, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I don’t know if I’ve said this before and hope you don’t consider my endorsement a bad omen 🙂 but truly, I have to confess I love the concept. I wish we had some places like this in the US. Our food courts feel more like “free-refill Coke guzzling do-nothing farms” and this looks really vibrant and cool. Congratulations and good luck!!

  • 14. Stephie  |  September 12, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    congrats! (: I’ll be popping by soon (:

  • 15. erika  |  September 1, 2018 at 12:28 am

    How did you mount the dry erase board????


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