It’s not cocky for Koji to say that she’s the essence of Japanese cuisine, given its vast utility in cooking. It’s a vital ingredient responsible for ingredients like sake, soy sauce, miso… which zealous chefs may revere as the unsung hero of Japanese food. But, as someone on the other side of the kitchen, the only Koji I’m familiar with is Koji Sushi Bar.

With outlets at Telok Ayer and Raffles City, Koji Sushi Bar is a casual sushi and sashimi bar using the freshest ingredients.

Affordable Nigiri Sushi Sets from S$9

I notice that the chefs use a relatively smaller piece or rice for their nigiri sushi, which I later found out was the restaurant’s way of emphasizing value. Undersized rice, oversized fish, it definitely had some sort of impact. But frankly, even without it, Koji Sushi Bar’s Sushi Set screamed value. Do note that you can in fact request for more rice when you order.

Their Set A, comprised of Sea Bream, Sword Fish, Tuna, Sweet Prawn, Salmon, was only S$9.

I went straight for the swordfish which had a firm bite and a buttery flavour. It certainly didn’t disappoint; same goes for the 4 others.

I also noticed the rice to be a little more tart, but the smaller portion negated any discord.

For a more luxurious bite, you could also select the pricier sets which include the likes of Sea Urchin, Scallop and Fatty Tuna.

Just like their nigiri, Koji’s donburi was a bang for its buck. The options include Sashimi, Salmon Avocado Tartare, Salmon and Roe, Tuna Tartare, Pork Cheek and Eel for S$18, and a Wagyu Sukiyaki Set at S$28.

We got the Salmon and Roe and which was again, loaded with ingredients.

Luxurious Dining Experience

One other thing that’s worth mentioning other than the value of their food was the ambience. We dined at Raffles City, which was hidden in a sequestered corner on the third floor. The obscurity of the sushi bar brought to mind traditional Japanese restaurants that were tucked in back alleys uncharted by tourists. They disregarded boisterous signs and tacky advertisement and chose to let the food speak for itself.

While the front was rustic with its simple wooden sign and Noren, the interior had a contradicting elegance that incorporated modernism in its decors. Its luxury was almost on par with sen-ryo.

Location: 252 North Bridge Rd, #03-28A The Providore Raffles City, Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6493 0122
Opening hours: 11:30am- 3pm; 6pm- 10pm

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