SushiAirways has surpassed all my expectations in terms of service and food! Located on the second floor of a shophouse with only a narrow staircase leading up, it can be quite tricky to find. As its name suggests, it's furnished just like an aircraft, with rounded windows, metallic tabletops -even the service crew are dressed like cabin crew! To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this place. It seemed a bit tacky for me but I'm glad I was proved wrong.
The stairs up is lit exactly like those staircases leading up to the aircraft! We appreciated the details of the steps too, with its unrefined metallic finishes.
The bar area is chic and stylish. Most of the restaurant comprises of bar tops unless you're lucky enough to get a table (That said, PLEASE MAKE A RESERVATION!!).
The menu is far from extensive, but they have everything you need here -a fine range of sushi and sashimi with the handful of hot dishes. We say skip that though -you're far better off filling your tummy with the makis and raw fish. Yum.
We ordered the signature appetiser Salmon Tataki ($15), the avocado roll ($25 for 8pieces), the assorted sushi platter ($38) and the Negi Torp ($16 for 3 pieces)
The avocado roll was delightfully creamy and rich -it melts in your melt and the crunch of the fish roe elevates the taste to another level. For $25 though, I don't think I would pay to have this again even though this is one of the signature dishes. The creaminess, although pleasant, also ensured that I could not have more than 2 pieces at one seating. Too rich! But the avocado serving is generous -avocado fans will love it!
The assorted sushi platter came with various sushi including shrimp, scallop, swordfish, tuna etc, I enjoyed the swordfish sushi the most -it was firm and the slice was thick. The fish was really fresh and the slice was much thicker as compared to other restaurants. The scallop was creamy yet delicate and every bite is sheer unadulterated indulgence. Fantastic.
The variety is fantastic but for $38 it's on the steep side... For the quality it's worth a shot though, especially if you're in a big group and wish to try an assortment. They also have a larger platter at $58!
The salmon tataki is one of the best I've eaten. It's served with a tangy salad dressing and an assortment of lettuce and rocket. It is refreshing and perfect. The slices of salmon were slightly thin though, but for a salad, the thickness was just right. If it had been on its own however, a slighter thicker slice would have been preferred. The greens complemented the salmon to my surprise -the leaves weren't bitter because the salad dressing had adequately masked the unpleasant aftertastes.
We highly recommend this dish!
Otoro (tuna belly) is perhaps my favourite part of the tuna. It has a creamier and slightly fattier taste to it -although I admit I don't quite like to have my tuna belly just anywhere. There are only select places that I'll have it, because sometimes the fatty taste just borders on disgusting when the fish isn't fresh enough. In this case, the tuna belly was paired with spring onions -a match made in heaven! The sharp taste of spring onion in small quantites complements the fatty tuna belly.
The total bill for 3 people came up to over $100, but it was really worth it! The place may have really limited seating and at certain junctures I felt slightly claustrophobic when people shifted around and they ended up standing really close to where I was seated (it's quite cramped!). Nevertheless, this place is DEFINITELY worth a try. Not exactly the cheapest place to have a sushi fix, it's one of those places you'll go to and be pleasantly surprised, blown away by the quality and the attentive service.
The staff paid attention to our likes and recommended dishes accordingly. She was also really patient when we were deciding between makis (she also told us that the mango roll is another signature, but avocado is also worth a shot! not really a huge fan of mango, my dining companions preferred the avocado) and kept refilling our cups of green tea whenever it went below the half-cup mark.
We highly recommend the salmon tataki and the assorted sushi
) Also, do make reservations because it gets really packed and there are very little tables (think: 3 to 4). Unless you don't mind the sushi bar (and even then, it's no guarantee that you'll get a slot too :/), go early and make reservations! We also liked that the name card of this place came in the form of "boarding passes" (don't have a photo of this, oops) where the name of the manager is printed under 'passenger name'.
A truly unique experience with fantastic food and service.
Salmon Tataki,Assorted Sushi
Date of Visit: Jun 01, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately $35(Dinner)Other Ratings: