Usually, when June and I meet for lunch, she picks the place because she’s so much more of a foodie than I. But this time, I suggested that we pay a visit to Sushi Airways, a tiny Japanese airplane-themed restaurant tucked away on the second floor of a shophouse on the corner of Bussorah and Baghdad Street in the Kampong Glam area. We both love Japanese food, and since Sushi Airways’ chef Wong Eun Chun was previously from the Grand Hyatt, I thought it’d be worth a try.
The restaurant was pretty busy while we were there so I didn’t get any decent interiors of the place, but you can see plenty of photos taken by others and published online. I thought the decor deserved A+ for effort, but air travel really has nothing to do with Japanese food so I didn’t see the connection. Unless of course, you fly JAL. Even then, it’s not like the food at Sushi Airways is served airplane style – that would have really cheapened the really pricey fare.
But less talk, more photos!
June and I decided that we would just share two items, for fear of over-ordering and also to save some room for dessert, which is always a must-have when June is around. We ordered the premium assorted sushi of the day (small plate, $38) and the recommended kani mentai cheese (also $38), which is crab meat with baked cheese and mentai.
We were quite stuffed by the time we’d finished everything on the plate. The sashimi slices were super thick (not that we complained!) and the portions of rice generous, making each piece extremely filling. We congratulated ourselves for not having ordered too much. And then the kani mentai cheese arrived. I love cheese in any form, so I’m biased, but I thought this was really delicious. I loved the different textures – the ebiko which burst into little fireworks of flavour, the gooey cheese, the chewy rice. Just, yum.
We quailed at the sight of so many pieces, but gamely finished all of it. There was no more room for dessert when we were done, for sure.
Our bill came up to just under $100 with tea. There’s no denying that Sushi Airways serves good quality grub, but methinks the renovation cost has been built into the prices. Will we be back? There are many other Japanese restaurants out there to be tried, some of which probably offer better value for money.
20A Baghdad Street
Open Mon-Sun 12.30-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
Tel: 6291 1151 (reservations recommended)