Sushi express is fast dining Japanese conveyor belt franchise all over Singapore. They offer fairly decent quality Sushi at a price really hard to beat. It is also one of my favourite go-to places for a quick lunch. Let’s check them out today.

I do like the concept of fast dining, especially if you need to grab a quick but filling lunch while at work. Also, notably, Sushi express has a number of branches all over Singapore. While they are often packed, especially during peak meal time periods, you can hardly see much of a queue forming for long at the establishment.

The conveyor belt can get pretty full on peak meal periods. Note the self-help wasabi, sauces and green tea too
The conveyor belt can get pretty full on peak meal periods. Note the self-help wasabi, sauces and green tea too.

Hence, this makes the conveyor belt sushi join a great place if you need a quick dine-in meal. Having said that, Sushi Express is great for quick lunches and I was surprised how quick you can head in grab a seat, make your self-help cup of hot green tea, grab your sushi.

Furthermore, Peak meal periods is where you can see the sushi coming out on the conveyor belts in full force.

Sashimi for $1.50 a plate is a pretty good bargain. It of fair quality and OK for the price
Sashimi for $1.50 a plate is a pretty good bargain. It of fair quality and OK for the price.

Notable selections includes their range of Tuna and Salmon sashimi, each going all for $1.50 each. More expensive offerings like seasonal specials comes as a two plate cost item, you can typically see them with two plates stacked.

$1.50 a plate bargain sushi

Moreover, Sushi express is one of the few places in Singapore where you can get a plate of Sashimi for $1.50 a plate. This covers literally their entire range of sushi with the exception of more expensive seasonal dishes which may cost 2 plates per item. Additionally, Sushi recommendations includes their salad bowl and Edamame, which I found really value for money.

Sushi express octopus sushi is fresh and crunchy. Worth a grab.
Octopus sushi is fresh and crunchy. Worth a grab.
Got jellyfish? This is served on a plate bowl, rather on rice
Got jellyfish? This is served on a plate bowl, rather on rice. Also $1.50 a pop.

In a nutshell (literally), Edamame immature soybeans in the pod. You have to pop them out of the pods, like peanuts by hand, or you can slide them out like squeezing out a tube roll of toothpaste. Also, do try their dessert cheesecake, though it’s really tiny in size.

Sushi express dessert cheesecake is not bad, though lacking in portions
The dessert cheesecake is not bad, though lacking in portion size.

Menus selections

Regular sushi staples like Sashimi, Sake Nigiri, tuna (not the fatty type), Tako octopus, jelly fish and grilled mackerel (Saba). They come in one coloured plates which you take off the belt.

Servings of Tako baby octopuses in sauce. For those who desire their crunchy seafood fix
Servings of Tako baby octopuses in sauce. For those who desire their crunchy seafood fix.

Generally, quality is decent, but not overly great, but fair for the price. Shrimp Migiri, Tobiko (Prawn roll Gunkan), Inari and Tamago Nigiri. It is quite a selection where you need not actually have to go for seconds.

In addition, your food is covered with a plastic hygiene shield. Occasionally, you can find a slice or two of Unagi (eel), Provided if they are not snapped up by customers down your conveyor belt. Still, you can call staff and order specific sushi items to be delivered to you at no extra cost.

Interesting conveyor quirks

Moreover, while wasabi is available free-flow via self-help sachets on-table, as well as green tea by the powder spoonful. Also, sliced ginger is obtained from the conveyor belt instead. Also do note that some branches have a peculiar top cover return plate. Here, you can return your clear top plastic covers by placing them back on the conveyor belt. Just don’t return your coloured food plates!

On the conveyor
On the conveyor!

Also, similarly interestingly, if you need spoons, say for your cheesecake dessert, you can grab them off spoon containers rotating around the conveyor belt too. Or you can simply just request one from a nearby member of staff.

If you are not too adventurous, 10 plate lunch sets you back in the range of $15, which is a very reasonable price for conveyor belt sushi. Staff will count the plates and issue you a note to pay at the counter. Also, interestingly, unlike Sushi chains in Japan, there are no novelty automatic RFID counters or plate return gachapons here at Sushi express. I guess it helps keeps thing simple and the costs down.

A (very) filling meal under $20

Sushi does fill you up really quickly. On my lunch time in, I was walking out super full after 12 plates of sushi. Setting me back about $20 in total for lunch at $1.50 a plate. This price range puts Sushi express comparable to an equivalent Gourmet burger places. This includes Wolf Burgers and Fat Boys which runs set lunch menus similarly priced.

All in all, Sushi express gets a worthy mention and budget recommendation for the cheapest sushi place you can get which do  not sucks. Though if you had tried premium sushi, you may find Sushi express quality probably not fantastic or up to scratch. But at the price point, it is really hard to fault the establishment. I would definitely see myself coming back whenever I want a quick meal and a fair price and quality.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid
Sushi Express Locality Map
21 branches all over Singapore, with this dine-in at Hillion Mall

Hillion Mall, 17 Petir Rd, #01-19/20/21,
Singapore 678278
Opens daily: 11am- 10pm

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