But a cinema stop at Vivocity over the last weekend saw me eating at my first kushiya. For the uninitiated, this place specialises in "kushi (串)" or skewers used in Japanese cuisine to hold pierce and hold food for grilling and frying, such as yakitori.
Skipping straight onto the kushi items, both of Shin Kushiya's special onigiris (one eel $3.80, one chicken $3.40) and a few assorted skewers ($2.20 - $3.80) were ordered to share. Just in case the stomachs complain of hunger still, we ordered the tuna and swordfish sushi roll ($11.80) at the very last minute.
So, to jump to conclusion, I did not think highly of this place. For starters, the grilled food arrived rather quickly so I suspect they were mostly precooked for a bit first to cut cooking time. Secondly, while I do not claim to be an expert, I don't think all Japanese grilled food should be doused with generic bottled teriyaki sauce. The said sweet sauce was on everything and I could taste nothing but that.
Interestingly, 3 different flavoured salts (green tea, chili and sour plum) were provided to salt the skewers which were "intentionally undersalted". But those were merely eye candy, as we left untouched after deeming them to be redundant because the flavor of the salt would be masked by the excessive teriyaki sauce and make the food even more saltish.
Thirdly and my uttermost peeve, Shin Kushiya serves this really substandard soysauce that was weirdly oversalty! I was taken aback by the extreme saltishness when I ate into the sushi roll that had just a little corner smeared with the soysauce. Yucks! It was funny how we had difficulty finishing the 3 remaining pieces, debating for a while whether to dip or not, to eat it bland or otherwise.
The other girlfriend wanted to play safe and ordered their salmon ikura don ($16.80). She complained the rice was dry and was actually scrapping off the excess teriyaki sauce to pair with her rice. Hahaha, so ironic that the dreaded sauce did come in useful or a good example of how one girlfriend's trash is another girlfriend's treasure.
I am not recommending this place for the food since it is not that cheap for the quality you get. But having said that, Shin Kushiya offers a nice habor view and has plenty of seats. It will make a good choice if you need Jap food fast, in the ever-crowded Vivocity on a weekend.