Since it opened not so long ago the Sushi Bar has taken off, experiencing a popularity not seen by any of the existing sushi joints in town–on weekends there’s a line of Cambodians and Japanese and Western expats impatiently waiting for a table. Why’s it so popular? The menu is huge and the prices are low. And possibly because their menus say ‘Sushi is not only tasty but also funny!’
The Sushi Bar on Street 302 in BKK1 is the first Phnom Penh launch of this Vietnamese chain, but it seems likely that more will be on their way. It may not have the best sushi in town (I’ll let Kanji keep that honor) but it offers the best value-for-money sushi in Phnom Penh.
The menu features a huge selection of sushi, from sashimi to hand rolls to nigiri. They’ve got a great nigiri plate that features 9 pieces of sushi for $5.80. The quality is about what you’d expect from a sushi chain back home; this is not artisanal hand-crafted food, but it’s still pretty damn good. They’ve got bigger sushi platters with 16 pieces for up to $18. I once foolishly ordered one of these thinking that because they were more than twice the price of the small plate, the pieces would be special in some way–better quality fish or more interesting selection. Not so. So stick with the small platters and ordering by the piece.
A salmon maki roll goes for a mere $2.50, which means I’m shunning my previous favorite, Rahu, which has now crossed the $4 threshold for a roll. At the Sushi Bar, cucumber rolls are just $1.50. Nigiri pieces range in price from $2.00 to $4 for two pieces–and they’ve got 36 types! Some of their selections are ridiculous, such as the tomato with basil on sushi rice wrapped in cucumber–it’s the Vietnamese-Japanese sushi bar equivalent to bruschetta, I suppose. They’ve also got a wide range of “creative” rolls, from the traditional rainbow roll to some that I hesitate to try that are filled with yams and cucumbers.
But don’t be fooled, the Sushi Bar offers more than sushi. They’ve got lots of donburis, or rice bowls, bento boxes, tempura and katsu-type stuff. I haven’t tried much of this, but I’ve heard it’s not as good as the sushi. Your mileage may vary.
The restaurant itself offers “high class” chain-style ambiance and is practically upscale by Phnom Penh standards. They’ve got seating at the sushi bar, downstairs and upstairs. I prefer the upstairs seating where they’ve got booths and it’s slightly more private than the open seating on the ground floor.
The best part about the Sushi Bar? They deliver. And have online ordering. Seriously. From 10:00 to 22:00 they deliver anywhere in Phnom Penh. It’s free if you’re within 3km, $2 for 3km to 6km $3 for 6km to 10km. They’re even willing to negotiate for further than that.
The Sushi Bar
20 Street 302, Phnom Penh
T: 023 726 438; 023 726 439