Top 10 places to go for 'orgasmic' sushi in Singapore: magazine

Spoilt for choice on where to go for some really good sushi here? To help you choose, here are the top 10 picks from I-S Magazine for the most mouth-watering sushi across Singapore.

1. Aoki

Executive chef Kunio Aoki's top grade sushi - which he flies in fresh everyday - draws discerning diners despite its notoriously high prices. Tuck into Aoki's omakase, and let yourself by wowed, says I-S. The restaurant is not open on Sundays, but you have the other six days to tuck into chef Aoki's finest Japanese delicacies.

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2. Hashida Sushi

Singapore's Hashida Sushi is the first overseas offshoot of the famed Tokyo establishment, famous for its selection of mouth-watering sushi. Dine on lunch sets and dinner courses offering seasonal nigiri sushi such as sea bream, ark shell and tuna, plus specialties like chawanmushi with fugu shirako (egg custard with blowfish milt), and salmon roe and sea urchin rice. A plus point is the restaurant's elegant and minimalist layout with light wood all round. Very zen...

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3. IKYU

IKYU is notable for its edgy post-apocalyptic decor - outfitted with industrial chic elements like exposed pipes and concrete floors. The restaurant certainly fits into hip Tiong Bahru, where it is located. A stylish yet casual place with restrained portions of good, albeit slightly overpriced, the menu includes tempting options like the deep-fried soft shell crab roll and the crispy salmon skin kappa roll.

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4. Itacho Sushi

Set up by Hong Kong's Taste of Japan Group, Itacho (which means "chief chef" in Japanese) imports its ingredients fresh from Tsukiji fish market, Hokkaido and Kyushu. With seven outlets across Singapore, Itacho offers "first class food at a low price" in the form of top-class handmade sushi and Japanese chow. The smoked duck sushi is a must-try, according to I-S magazine. 

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5. Koh Grill & Sushi Bar

Located at Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, there always seems to be a long queue outside this little dining joint. If you don't mind the wait, you should definitely try Koh Grill & Sushi Bar's legendary Shiok Maki, according to I-S magazine. It consists of avocado, unagi and aburi salmon, topped with a sinfully good creamy mayo-like concoction.

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6. Mikuni

Mikuni serves Japanese cuisine in a big, well-furnished space that houses a teppanyaki counter, a sake/sushi bar and a live robatayaki station, in addition to the main dining room. Korean executive chef Moon Kyung Soo helms the restaurant, and serves up innovative yet restrained dishes, including sushi creations like the hearty Mikuni Maki, which features barbecued eel, cream cheese and caviar.

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7. Oceans of Seafood

A multi-concept seafood concept joint, Oceans of Seafood has an upscale wet market on one side and a restaurant on the other. Besides buying raw fish to take home, you can opt to have a Japanese style meal, with favourites like hotate sushi and ikura sushi on the menu.

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8. Standing Sushi Bar

Inspired by Tokyo's standing sushi bars, diners here can order classic items like toro (tuna belly) sushi. Or better yet, one can go for set meals like the omakase set, which comes with eight pieces of sushi and 10 pieces of sashimi, or the salmon aburi sampler, which features five pieces of seared salmon nigiri with all sorts of toppings.

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9. Sushi Ichi

It is a challenge getting a seat at this fine dining restaurant, which is packed every lunch and dinner with Japanese clientele (which is always a good sign when the locals themselves patronise the joint). Expect exquisite sushi made with seafood from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, accompanied by fresh wasabi from Shizuoka that's grated by hand.

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10. Tatsuya Japanese Restaurant

For premium sushi, few do it better than Tatsuya, says I-S magazine. Just be prepared to pay for the pleasure. The menu changes rather frequently, but to get a taste of the menu highlights, go for the five-piece aburi sushi set. If you're on a budget, visit during lunch; set menus make the same exquisite food available at a fraction of the dinner price.

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