Residents in Yishun are a lucky bunch since most will know about this treasure we recently uncovered a hidden gem within Junction Nine. I believe not many know about this unassuming shopping mall if you are not staying in this area. The mall is about 10 minutes of walk from the bus terminal. What we discovered was a Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Mentai.
I heard from a friend that they are an extremely popular brand in Malaysia. Queues always existed at all outlets. With that note, it aroused my curiousity to find out why is that so. The short answer to the question is that they are cheap and good. Read on to find out more.
The name Mentai from their name was derived from Mentaiko sauce. We understand that they could afford to offer quality food at such low prices is because the company behind this F&B establish is a wholesaler cum distributor for Japanese ingredients. One other fact about Sushi Mentai is that they do not take reservation as such all seats are on first come first serve.
Since they named themselves Sushi Mentai, let’s start with their Sushi. They offer as much as 50 types of sushi, priced at $1.30 for the yellow plate and $1.80 for the red plate. Many of their sushi has the mentaiko sauce.
And there are approximately about 30 types of Special Sushi that aren’t on the menu but these will be rotated daily on the conveyor. To spot them, look for the Today’s Special pedestal. The best part is that these special sushi are also priced at $1.80 each plate.
If you need some Special Maki, there are five to choose from. The most popular among them all is the Salmon Mentai Dragon Maki ($7.50). For those who want carb-less sushi, could opt for the Crabstick & beancurd skin wrapped with rice sheet ($5.50). When I saw the latter, I was skeptical about the taste. But to my surprise, it was amazing as there are some batter crisp and lots of cucumber to provide crunch and crabstick for the sweetness.
Overall, the sushi is tasty with quality ingredients but I find the rice a little too soft to my liking.
At all Japanese restaurant, Sashimi is always on the menu too. At Sushi Mentai, there are 5 types; Salamon Toro ($7.50), Salmon ($6.50), Hotate ($6.50), Hokkigai ($5.50) and Tako ($5.50). The sashimi are very fresh and relatively thick for that price.
I am not a fan of Chawan Mushi ($2.30) but I thought their was pretty decent; silky and tasty.
Their Curry Rice is one item I truly enjoyed at Sushi Mentai. It is the curry that I adore. Lightly spicy and it has the true authentic curry flavour. Available as Tori Katsu Curry Rice ($10.80), Pork Katsu Curry Rice ($10.80), Ebi Katsu Curry Rice ($11.80) or Plain Curry Rice ($6.50).
Unagi Don ($13.80) is another dish worth the mentioned. Unagi was fresh. The sauce wasn’t overwhelming. But I prefer them not to slice it up. Another worthy selection is the Salmon Ikura Don ($11.80). Look at the amount of ikura.
If rice isn’t your choice, Udon and Soba are also available such as Zaru Soba ($6.50) and Tempura Udon ($10.80).
If you like fish, don’t forget to order the Saba Shioyaki ($6.50). Not only it is fresh. I was amazed at how meaty they were at $6.50.
Sushi Mentai not only offers not only quality dishes but also at very wallet-friendly prices. They stay true to their mission. The only pity is that they only have one outlet at Yishun currently.
18 Yishun Avenue 9 #01-23, Junction Nine, Singapore 768897
Daily 1200 to 2130
- Opp Blk 245 along Yishun Ave 9 803, 811
- Blk 245 along Yishun Ave 9 811
- At or opp Blk 314 along Yishun Ring Road 804, 860
- Yishun Bus Interchange 39, 85, 103, 171, 800, 805, 806, 812, 851, 852, 853, 854, 855, 856, 857, 859, 860
- North-South line – Yishun station
Either take a 10 – 15 walk from the Bus Interchange or MRT station. Alternatively, take the feeder service 803, 804, 811 or 860 from the bus interchange terminal.