Sushi Yoshida with Joone!

collageWas pondering over what’s for lunch during breakfast when Jõøne! (a prominent food blogger with a töugh name) suggested Flutes. I have never been to Flutes because the stairs there are steep and, as everyone knows, stairs have a tendency to attract gravity, a leading cause of falling down.

Before I get hate mail from people (you know who yá»—u are) about why you weren’t invited, it was an impromptu thing.

Anyway, Joone! was kind enough to suggest a kinder alternative that avoids the scaling of any kind. This blog basks in her munificence. A cutie cute cute account of this lunch with no surprising links for the underaged (Oops! Too late!) can be found here.

Moving along, Sushi Yoshida is pretty hard to find as it shares the same address as a bar and is hidden by lots of foliage. Even the signage is half-concealed and painted with effective camoflauge in the form of a small Bonsai tree.


But as advised by Jòóиẹ! look for the half-hidden lobster under the bridge.


Now, this blog has rarely ventured into a real Sushi/Sashimi restaurant because he has heard that such things are very expensive ventures. There are many tell-tale signs to inform the cautious patron that you will need access to Bill Gates’ bank account here. They are:

  1. The service staff that screams at you as you enter the establishment pronounces “いらっしゃいませ” correctly.
  2. The place is so spartanly furnished and poorly lit that it reeks of coolness.
  3. There is a CD Player emits a moanful voice singing soulfully along with plinky-plunky music.
  4. The Wasabi they use does not come out of a plastic toothpaste tube bought at the supermarket.

Sushi Yoshida exhibits all of these traits. You can just feel the Amex card people leaping for joy in your pocket.

This blog found that Jòóиẹ! had already reserved seats as we flinched from the screaming service staff signalling our arrival. They were great seats as we had a ringside view at the circus of sushi industry.

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This blog had the distinct pleasure of sitting directly in front of a citrusy thingy that looked like a lemon and smelled heavenly everytime the Sushi Chef scraped some of it and sprinkled it over some sushi to give it a light citrusy fragrance.

Every car should have one.


By now you are wondering why the photos look so crappy. This is because this blog was not allowed to use his flash while the other blogger whose name shall not be mentioned did otherwise. Jööиe! was happily flashing the Sushi Chefs while this blog was busy fiddling his EV knob.

Of course, there is a good reason not to use camera flash. When a person is wielding a 20cm razorsharp blade two feet across you, dazzling him in mid-stroke is not regarded as a “Good Move” in the annals of Restaurant Safety.

In case anyone was wondering: there were two food bloggers but three cameras.

And after browsing through the menu in a bewildered fashion, the waitress with the saintly patience of someone who has held her breath and counted to 10, suggested that we should take the Sushi Set ($28+++) as it was very good value. So it was as it turned out. Always get what they suggest.

It started with a beautiful egg thingy that virtually exploded in the mouth with an explosion of explosive flavours. This blog has to sit down when typing this; it’s that good. And I can’t type standing up.


One of the things that I really must eat in a Sushi/Sashimi restaurant is Mekajiki Sashimi. For those who have not tried Sashimi, go for the Mekajiki. White, slightly pink, the texture in your mouth is like pure cream with a slight sweetness.

Of course, being born under a bad sign, this blog did not have the fortune to try it at Sushi Yoshida as they did not have it.

Undaunted, Otoro Sashimi was asked for. O-toro is just about the highest grade of Tuna belly you can get. It is usually almost pure white because it is the fattiest part. People not used to having fatty meat will not like this. However, pork fat affecionados will swoon over the buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture of O-toro. Trust me on this.

The waitress looked at this blog with an arched eyebrow (perhaps Bill Gates and Warren Buffett bank accounts are required here) and calmly suggested that we might want to try the Chutoro.


Chu-toro is usually considered the “second grade” of Tuna Belly. However, do not be fooled by the ranking as it is usually favoured over O-toro as it is not as fatty and hence more approachable by the uninitiated.

It is beautifully marbled, like the finest Wagyu beef and just as costly (actually more so because you don’t have to risk life and limb to catch Wagyu cows), but believe me, it’s just as tasty. In fact, some people might go as far as to say it’s taste is superior to Wagyu because of the subtlety.


The other spectacular thing that I really wanted to try but could never find was Uni. This is commonly thought of as Sea Urchin but actually it is not. It’s the Sea Urchin’s gonards.

The Uni I ordered came steamed in the form of a Chawanmushi called Kaisanmushi. I felt that steamed gonards Uni would be more flavourful as opposed to raw or grilled. The serving was surprisingly large and came with a sprinkling of Ikura.

Yesiree, those are some big gonards there.

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The Uni was awesome. Floral with a slight earthy aftertaste (this is the nut of the Sea Urchin, after all). Wrapped with silky smooth tofu and Ikura roe popping at the roof of your mouth, the Kaisanmushi has become my firm favourite.

By this time, this blog was pretty stunned at the quality and taste of both the Uni and Chu-toro that I felt that the Sushi set we ordered might be an underwhelming following act.

This blog was way wrong.

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It was a pretty big platter and it came with citrus flavours wafting in the air. As my American friends would exclaim: this is good Sushit!

Anyway, Jòóиẹ! has an excellent blow-by-blow description of the various Sushi, so go read her entry. Suffice to say that this blog was stuffed and very satisfied at the end of the meal.

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Service at Sushi Yoshida was harried and brisk (it was a huge lunch crowd) but very helpful. While this is not your family-friendly conveyor-belt sushi restaurant, you get what you pay for at Sushi Yoshida: Really excellent quality Sushi/Sashimi at very reasonable prices.

Sushi Yoshida is at 10, Devonshire Road, Tel: 67355014 (Look for the red lobster).


Posted on 29th Dec 2006 in About, Food and Drink, Japanese, Lunch Bunch


There Are 17 Comments


shaz commented on December 30, 2006 at 12:23 am

nope. not really. just chanced upon your blog very recently.


chris commented on December 30, 2006 at 12:52 am

hey how much were the “extras” – kaisenmushi + chutoro… ? thanks. love your blog.


Ivan commented on December 30, 2006 at 10:05 am

@shaz: My apologies, I have you mistaken for another Shaz.

@chris: Thank you. I cannot remember exactly, but I think the Chu-toro was about $78+++ and the Kaisenmushi was around $28+++.


chris commented on December 30, 2006 at 12:58 pm

gee thats pretty ex!. thats about 140SGD per pax for your lunch that day


Ivan commented on December 31, 2006 at 12:02 pm

@chris: Well, that’s expected from a fine quality restaurant. I would say that the price is reasonable given the quality of the food.


hinata commented on January 3, 2007 at 1:11 pm

price is reasonable as long as you appreciate the quality! brought my london boss there for dinner once, price was about the same but it was heartbreaking how he slathered every piece of sashimi with soy sauce 🙁


hinata commented on January 3, 2007 at 1:14 pm

oh and damn you for that awful link.


yixiaooo commented on January 4, 2007 at 9:48 pm

hey ivan.. the lik was awwwwwwwwwwful.. very badly traumitised here///


sooks commented on January 4, 2007 at 10:29 pm

oh yes. me too…


Ivan commented on January 5, 2007 at 1:04 am

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lol commented on January 22, 2007 at 10:57 am

hey. we went there this sun and had the sushi set as recommended by you. Certainly is incredible sushi and good value, altho there were items that differed from your set hehheh. And interestingly, we didn’t have to pay to service charge and GST!!! So it was like $28 NET!


Cindy commented on March 9, 2007 at 3:12 pm

I just went to sushi yoshida. We had the unagi kabayaki set and the mixed sashimi on rice set. And a chawanmushi. Sashimi very fresh and wonderful but rice for both sets was a bit dry and hard. Kuriya better. Chawanmushi was very smooth but I didn’t really like the gooey starch sauce on top although I detected the subtle taste of gingko nuts.

Btw, the reason I commented is the uni photo, that does not look like ikura roe which I love and is bigger (about half a cm wide). Looks like ebikko (prawn roe) to me or something else.


Ivan commented on March 18, 2007 at 11:42 pm

@Cindy: Actually, it is Ikura. The angle of the shot is a little off because miss Joone! insisted on no flash photography. She took a better shot that can be found in her review (she says its Ikura too):


Greg commented on May 21, 2007 at 11:42 am

The orangey thingy in ur pic is the heavenly Yuzu!


Ivan commented on May 21, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Hurray for Yuzu!


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