Review: Sushi Tei (Holland Village)

CG Lunch No. 2
Last time certain members brought us to Delhi Restaurant for a post-Paediatrics lunch. This time, to celebrate the impending end of Medicine SIP, the CG dropped by Holland Village on the way back to NUS (for a Combined Teaching Session). One half of the CG racked their brains to decide where to go while the other half (with J. included) looked for parking. Eventually, Sushi Tei was picked.

Sushi Tei Green Tea

It’s just normal green tea. Good thing is, it’s free. It’s really whether you prefer ice water or green tea. J. prefers green tea.

Downstairs at the outlet are a few tables with the sushi conveyor belt. The group of 8 traipsed on upstairs. They took off their footwear and settled in.

Thumbs up for the ambience. The place was nicely decorated, with low-set tables that allowed everyone to sit instead of kneel. The wooden floor, the carved wall separations, it was a very nice place. Yet once you step 3 steps past the dining area towards the toilet, the illusion is shattered, as the washroom resembles what you would find in any shophouse/eatery.

Thumbs down for the service. The waitress that came by to ask J. and the three Indians what beverage to drink had a dour face. While the Indians decided what to drink, the waitress both looked and sounded impatient. It didn’t leave a very good first impression. Other than that, the other youthful-looking service staff gave the impression of being very new, possibly being students working on their vacation. They weren’t able to recommend items. When J. was ordering at a decent pace (1 katsudon, 1 chicken katsudon, 2 oyakodon) the waitress had to stop, whip out a notepad and ask J. to repeat everything over again. The waitress that brought TaN’s chicken katsudon and J.’s katsudon paused, then went back to check which was which. The group had to request for water/green tea refills multiple times.

On to the food! Now, note that the food here is very decently-priced and therefore extraordinary tastes should not be expected.

As the Indians weren’t very fond of Japanese food (e.g. sashimi), J.’s table settled on mostly cooked food on rice with about two plates of maki to try.

Salmon Maki & Tuna Maki ($2.20 each)
Salmon & Tuna Maki

Crabmeat & Omelette Maki ($2.20 each)
Omelette and Crabmeat MAki

No complaints here. The maki tasted normal. That’s all. Normal, cheap, sushi-chain maki. The Indians commented that the salmon and tuna maki tasted the same.

Katsu-Don ($7.90)
Katsudon

It was alright. Better than NUS science canteen, at least. The egg sauce was pretty good. The pork cutlet itself… the meat was mid-range tender, the battered surface was soggy instead of crispy, there was something about the taste that J. can’t put his finger on. It’s not quite bland… not quite metallic… not quite MSG… just strange.

J. has eaten at Tonkichi , a Japanese restaurant at Ngee Ann City that specialises in fried Japanese food such as tonkatsu (pork cutlet). For S$19.00, a thick, kickass pork cutlet that’s juicy, tendon, with a crispy skin, all-you-can-eat rice and cabbage, miso soup, pickles and dessert. That’s where you should go for tonkatsu… definitely.

Would J. go to Sushi Tei again? Maybe. Is he likely to? Probably not.

Holland Village
20 Lorong Mambong
Singapore 277679
Tel: +65 6463 2310
Fax: +65 6463 2316
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10.00pm daily

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