Sushiro @ Thomson Plaza – Cheapest Bara Chirashi Don in Singapore
Hidden deep within the first floor of Thomson Plaza, just opposite Koufu foodcourt, lies this premium sushi bar. It’s not even a year old yet but snaking long queues have been sighted during lunch and dinner times. Waiting time can take up to 45 minutes as the space at Sushiro is very limited. However, don’t be deceived by its unpretentious setting as prices for its palatable sashimi and donburi sets are far from being exorbitant.
Thomson Plaza is not an attractive mall and I guess only residents staying in the vicinity know about this place. I used to be from Ai Tong Primary School and used to hang out at this mall quite frequently more than a decade ago, just because it’s only two stops away from my school. Fast forward to now, I never imagined myself returning to Thomson Plaza, if not for this highly raved about wallet-friendly Bara Chirashi Don.
Bara Chirashi Don ($12.90) comes with generous portions of salmon, prawn, tuna, ikura and octopus in a palm-sized sushi rice bowl. These chunks of fresh seafood served atop fragrant Japanese rice marinated with sesame sauce were amazing. There was so much seafood toppings that we couldn’t see the rice underneath. Each mouthful gave a burst of flavours and textural differences, guaranteed to satisfy the sashimi-lover in you. If you’re feeling extremely hungry, go for the Premium Chirashi Don at an additional $10. This premium rice bowl consists of salmon belly, scallops and prawn tako instead.
If you prefer savouring slices of sashimi instead of having them cut into small bite-sized cubes, you should go for Kaisen Don ($14.80). Similarly to Bara Chirashi Don, the rice exudes an aroma from sesame oil and the entire bowl gave a sweet finish and umami-ness. For the price, I don’t feel shortchanged by the serving or the ingredients.
Besides donburis, Sushiro also serves Temaki-Zilla, literally translated to upsized hand-rolls. There are two options for you to choose from – Salmon Explosion Temaki and Bara Chirashi Temaki – each costing $6.80. Believe me, Sushiro isn’t exaggerating when they name it “explosion” and categorized it as “upsized”. Imagine your normal hand-rolls, with plenty of salmon sashimi spilling out. It’s almost impossible to hold this hand-roll in your hand. The surprising twist was that the hand-roll was so overwhelmed with salmon sashimi that you can even find these fresh meats stuffed in-between the aromatic sushi rice wrapped with seaweed.
Remember to ask the servers for “Today’s Special” and look for interesting items that are “off the menu”. As you scan the menu which offers other items such as sushi platters and the usual Japanese food, you’ll start to realize that their rice bowls are the only really affordable items. Overall, dining at Sushiro is a great experience and it’s a place where I’ll specially travel to, even though I might not be in the area.
Address: 301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-113F, Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408
Mobile: 9450 1020
Email Address: [email protected]
Opening Hours: Wed-Mon 11.45am to 2.30pm (lunch) and 5.45pm to 9.30pm (dinner). Closed on Tuesdays.