When sushi restaurants flourished in the West, sushi rolls such as the California Roll made with cucumber instead of raw fish became popular.
The “sushi roll” evolved and we are starting to see them gaining more traction and popularity in Singapore, with different types of toppings and varieties.
Here are some of the more common types:
California roll – Usually filled with imitation crab stick, cumber and avocado.
Uramaki – An inside out roll where rice in on the outside, nori inside, with fillings of tuna, crab stick, avocado etc.
Rainbow Roll – Topped with assorted thinly sliced sashimi of different colours.
Caterpillar Roll – Inside out roll with thinly sliced avocado or other ingredients on the outside.
12 Best Sushi Rolls In Singapore
Koh Grill Sushi and Bar
435 Orchard Road, #04-21, Wisma Atria Shopping Centre Singapore 238877
Opening hour: 11.30am – 10.30pm Daily
Shiok Maki FTW. Gen 1 comes with grilled unagi ($16.80) while Gen 2 has fried prawn wrapped within.
To be really objective about it, Gen 1 works better, with a more creamy moist texture. The star of the dish is really the thick don’t-know-how-many-calories specially made mayonnaise poured over the sushi roll and torched.
Drenched too much actually, can get cloying. But few would complain about the generous toppings of fish roe. (Think everyone comes here for the Shiok Maki, some of the other items we tried were … )
4 Hillview Rise HillV2 #02-02 Singapore 667979
Tel: +65 67107278
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm -10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:30am – 10pm (Fri – Sun, PH)
Reserve Online Now – Kinsa Sushi
Kinsa Sushi’s goal is to offer quality Japanese cuisine (with some dishes usually found at higher end restaurants) at affordable price-points. Their latest menu will be a hit with instagrammers with their take of purple rice in sushi.
I enjoyed the colourful renditions of Salmon Mentai Sushi Roll ($15.80), Hotate Mentai ($17.80) and ‘Black Beauty’ ($16.80) – that is deep fried shishamo wrapped maki in aburi cheese and miso, topped with tobiko.
61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8 #02-03 Jubilee Square Singapore 569814 (Ang Mo Kio MRT)
Tel: +65 6451 3201
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11:30am – 10pm (Fri-Sun)
Haru Haru’s menu is extensive (the big book kind where you have to keep flipping), featuring a wide range of otsumami (appetizers), sashimi, sushi, sushi rolls, salad, agemono, yakimono, donburi, noodles, desserts and sake. The type of restaurant that would have something to appeal to each person in the family.
Other than their signature Dragon Roll filled with crispy king prawn ($15.80), you can try the namesake Haru Roll ($14.80), topped with aburi cheese salmon and salmon roe, with inner ingredients of crabstick, omelette, and cucumber.
The Sushi Bar
391 Orchard Road #05-34/35 Ngee Ann City Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:45pm (Mon – Sun)
Should I say anything more about the Sushi Bar’s star Salmon Aburi Roll ($14.90)? Always satisfying if you pop a piece into your mouth and slowly chew away, eyes closed.
I personally think there are two winning factors – the creaminess of its textures, must be the avocado and proportion of mayonnaise; and mixture of torched and raw sushi interplaying in your mouth.
One Farrer Hotel & Spa 1 Farrer Park Station Road Owen Link, #01-11/12, Singapore 217562
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Sushi Jin by the Les Amis Groups aims to offer a premium dining experience sans the hefty price tag. Quality ingredients are flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji market 3 times a week.
The Rainbow Roll ($18) is a Californian roll with assorted sashimi, combining quality of sashimi grade salmon and yellowtail, and aesthetics with a multi-coloured appearance.
CE LA VI
SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
Tel: +65 6688 7688
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Mon – Fri), 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Sun – Wed), 6:00pm – 11:30pm (Thurs – Sat)
The former KU DE TA, perched 200 metres above sea level atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands SkyPark. Few actually know they serve sushi rolls, such as Soft Shell Roll ($26), Spicy Tuna Rolle ($23) and the recommended California Roll ($25) with crab, avocado, cucumber and tobiko.
Not the most wow sushi roll around, but at least the view is fantastic?
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-05, Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT)
Tel: +65 63165710
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sat), 11:30am – 10:00pm
The signature rolls have international flavours incorporated such as K Kop ($12.95) filled with spicy crab meat and kimchi, Bollywood ($14.95) with curry prawn and avocado, Dos Amigos with grilled eel and cream cheese and Go Green ($12.95) a vegetarian version filled with asparagus, sweet potato and avocado.
Our favourite of the lot was the Beachcomber ($16.95) rolled with deep fried soft shell crab, prawn salad, avocado, cumber and jaama.
Other than the fact that it could be Instagram-worthy, we liked the creaminess of avocado and flavoured mayonnaise coming together, and a slice of strawberry which gave each piece a refreshing sweet touch. Pricey for a box of 8 pieces.
2 Handy Rd, Former Cathay Building, Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Maki San allows you to design your own sushi roll. You can customize salads and sushi, with over 80 ingredients to choose from, including a twist with some of the localized dressing. Chilli Crab, Honey Mustrd, Japanese curry, Yuzu Sesame, Thai chilli sauce?
The extra specials ($2.50 per potion) some of my favourite fillings such as teriyaki chicken, smoked duck, grilled unagi, tempura prawn and roast beef.
Fry your sushi for a top up of $1.50. (Isn’t sushi supposed to be healthy?)
1 Park Road Level 6 People’s Park Complex, Singapore 059108
Opening Hours: 4pm – 11pm (Tues-Thurs), 4pm – 12am (Fri), 11am – 12am (Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun)
It is only a matter of time that local chicken rice finds its way into Japanese sushi.
Lepark’s Poached Chicken Sushi ($8) combines a homemade chicken rice recipe infused with fresh herbs and garlic rolled into a sushi ball, topped with traditional poached chicken, a dollop of garlic chilli and all tied together with a strip of seaweed. Can image that it is almost like the real deal.
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd 04-01, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6636 5949
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Tanuki opened by restaurateur Howard Lo (also behind Standing Sushi Bar and Shinkansen) is a Japanese-inspired donburi and maki bar.
Their Tanuki rolls are somewhat like sushi, all with a twist. Popular choices are the Superstar Roll ($12.90) with mentaiko sauce seared salmon over crispy mozzarella cheese, topped with seasoned tempura flakes; and Golden Kani Maki ($18.90) rolled with soft shell crab, fresh snow crab, cumber and crispy mozzarella.
Emporium Shokuhin – Senmi Sushi
6 Raffles Boulevard #01-18 Marina Square, Singapore 039594 (City Hall, Esplanade and Promenade MRT)
Tel: +65 6224 3433
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Sashimi and sushi bar offering Giant Chirashi with 8 kinds of seafood, including salmon and maguro ($34) and California-style maki. Some hits and misses – we liked the freshness of the fish, though the chawanmushi was extremely bland with uneven texture.
Recommended sushi roll is the Dynamite Maki ($15) with torched wagyu beef slices, shrimp, avocado, topped with crispy fried tempura batter.
Heartland Mall #01-19/20, Block 205, Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530205
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
The highlight is the Champion Floss Maki ($9.90, $16.90) which is so-named probably because the roll is piled with ingredients.
The chef started rolling up slices of salmon sashimi and cucumber within sushi rice, wrapped it up with salmon slices which would be further aburi-ed.
The ‘champion’ was drizzled with never-ending home-made mayonnaise sauce, additionally topped with chicken floss and ebiko. Seemed like the more OTT it is, the more ‘instagrammable’ and decadent it would become.