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Hi all, Standing Sushi Bar at 8 Queen Street will be hosting a private birthday party tonight during dinner, so we will be closed to the general public.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused! We will be back to regular operating hours tomorrow. Have a good weekend!
An amusing thing just happened – a NEA officer came to our restaurant because someone reported we had cats in the restaurant. This was based on the previous blog entry which I had also posted on Facebook.
Two items I note from this:
1) I thought it was obvious that I was just being playful by posting these two cats up. They’re my cats living at home. In my kitchen. Not in the restaurant. I do not seriously have these cats trying out our fish before we serve the fish to customers. But hey, aren’t they cute cats?
2) On the positive side, I think it’s cool that the National Environmental Agency is so responsive. They received a complaint and followed up within 4 days (I posted it on October 13 so not sure when they actually received the complaint) by sending an inspector to the restaurant. That should make us all feel more secure about food safety and hygiene in Singapore.
Found this video online of a machine with a sensitive hand. Perhaps hand-made and machine-made will soon be the same thing.
I travel to the US regularly, mainly to Seattle, Orlando, and New York, and I make it a point to see what the various Japanese restaurants on this side of the ocean are like. You never know where your next good idea might come from! This week I’ve been in both New York and Orlando and have eaten at three sushi bars.
One observation is that the menus here are loaded with all kinds of fusion sushi rolls and significantly less traditional nigiri. I have a feeling that the diners are primarily ordering these rolls versus the straightforward nigiri or sashimi. I feel that’s the case as you can tell the fish quality is not good; it’s mushy and in the thawing process (frozen for a long time) the water has permeated the fish. So it ends up with a limp feel and bland taste. Which is unfortunate for the traditional sushi lover but if the majority of customers are ordering fusion sushi, then I can see why the restaurant would want to save money and invest in the rolls. Coated with sauce, deep fried, and full of garnish means that the fish taste is lost amongst all the ingredients.
Don’t get me wrong, I think fusion sushi rolls are fun and have been thinking about adding some to our menu. Maybe have an experimental period where people can send in suggestions.
There aren’t many Japanese restaurants in Singapore that offer up fusion sushi. The two that leap to mind would be Kinki and Sun and Moon. Any others?
Interesting guest post by Rocky Agrawal for TechCrunch with his thoughts on why GroupOn is poised for collapse.
“Imagine you’re a small business owner. You have to choose between two propositions:
- You can pay $62,500 for marketing. You’ll get a whole lot of customers coming through your door. No guarantees if they will ever come back, but they’ll come once.
- I’ll pay you $21,000. You get $7,000 in about 5 days, another $7,000 in 30 days and the remainder in 60 days. In exchange, you’ll give my customers cheap products for the next year.
I’ve been working on local for a long time and I know it’s hard to get small businesses to spend money on advertising. Really hard. Even getting $200 a month ($2,400 a year) is a high hurdle to meet.” – read the rest of his commentary
Hopefully (and if anyone cares, haha) when I get some more time I’ll write my thoughts and experience with GroupOn and the various daily deal sites. Singapore is saturated with them – over 20+ at my last count. There has got to be a shakeout happening soon… how many discounted spa deals do we really need flooding our inboxes?
I went to the different branches to put up this sign today:
“To our cherished diners,
We have suspended our usage of fish and food items from Japan due to the uncertainty of the supply. Our fresh ingredients are sourced from Australia, Norway,
Indonesia, and America.
Rest assured that food safety continues to be our top priority.
I suppose it’s not a surprise that business has been significantly impacted by what’s happening in Japan. I hope letting the public know where we are sourcing our food from assuages fears.
I have a feeling it won’t.