Fresh sashimi, kushiyaki, pan dried salmon and many more. Shin Kushiya is one of my favourite restaurant in Vivocity serving a great variety of Japanese fare. The restaurant is huge and houses many customers for lunch and dinner. It is recommended to make a reservation during weekend dinnertime as there is easily a queue waiting for tables.
There are counter seats right in front of the kushiyaki counter which might be quite smokey for some as well as individual clustered tables for families and bigger groups of patrons.
Towards the middle of the restaurant, there are also smaller comfortable booth seating suitable for 2 – 4 persons.
The menu is huge with endless choices. There are also seasonal promotional specials which will either be a separate menu card or on the first page of the menu. One of the more popular items of the restaurant is the kushiyaki as they have a wide variety of meats, vegetables and seafood to choose from.
There is a sauce and condiments platter provided on each table where you can choose to season your dish with the selected condiments. Wasabi is only given with the dish if you order sashimi or sushi.
The sashimi served in this restaurant is very fresh and in thick juicy slices. The price is also affordable at SGD 34.80 for 5 types of sashimi. There are 3 slices per type of fish given. I have also tried the Jumbo oyster at SGD 10.80 which is so succulent and creamy with the ponzu sauce.
As with the sashimi, the sushi is also done in the right way with thick slabs of ingredients. The Hotate sushi is very sweet and crunchy while the Ikura sushi is bursting umami flavours.
The Chawanmushi is very soft and comes with a huge crunchy prawn. You can taste the chicken stock used in steaming the chawanmushi.
The star of the restaurant is the kushiyai which usually comes slightly later than the raw dishes. I usually order the bacon enoki, pork kimchi and chicken balls. The other items I tried includes quail eggs, grilled rice ball as well as oyster mushroom which are all very well grilled and still juicy to the bite.
This tako fry is my friend’s favourite which has huge chunks of octopus legs and meat fried in a crispy batter. The octopus fry is crispy but still tender.
For mains, they have a wide variety to choose from as well. This particular chilled somen comes with special duck broth dipping sauce which you can hardly find in other Japanese restaurants.
You can check out the full menu here
Overall, this is a restaurant with nice good quality food but occasionally if they are too crowded, the service from the staff tend to be slow and that can be quite frustrating. Other than that, the service staff is usually helpful and accommodating.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-120 Vivocity, 098585
Operating hours: 11.30 am to 10.30 pm