One of the restaurants that are part of the newly built movie theatre complex in Prospect, Jiro Sushi Train is a good choice for those wanting delicious Japanese cuisine. As its name suggests, their sushi dishes are presented on a conveyer belt. Visitors are free to remove what take their fancies from the "sushi train". Pricing is based on the colour of the plate. If there is a type of sushi that you want but can't find it on the "sushi train", you can request to have it made by the chef.
A type of sushi you can expect to see at any sushi outlet, Nigiri is a variety of sushi in which a ball of sushi rice is topped with various toppings. We liked that the eel in their Unagi Nigiri was cooked just right and there was enough sauce to give it a delectable sweet-savoury flavour. Their Tamago (omelette) Nigiri was also well done. The omelette had a nice firm texture and the slightly sweet flavour we expected from a good Japanese omelette.
The name Gunkan translates into 'battleship', which is fitting for the sushi having a shape similar to a ship. We were delighted with the generous portion of tuna in their Spicy Tuna Salad Gunkan but be aware that it lived up to its name. The filling packed a potent spicy punch. Some of the other Gunkan sushi we enjoyed were the Beef Salad Gunkan which had what seemed like slices of Teriyaki Beef and the Mushroom Salad Ship that had a generous amount of mushrooms to give the sushi a nice firm texture.
Spicy Tuna Salad Gunkan (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For something that is a bit more familiar, the Teriyaki Chicken Maki is a good choice. The pieces of sushi were of a good size and the Teriyaki Chicken had enough of the sweet-savoury flavour to make eating it an enjoyable experience. Some slices of cucumber added a bit of crunch to the sushi.
Teriyaki Chicken Maki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Another of our favourite sushi was their Inari, which consisted of sushi rice stuffed inside a pocket made from fried tofu. The Inari had a delectable sweet-savoury flavour that was not too strong. There is also a variation of the sushi that replaces the sushi rice with seaweed salad.
Aside from sushi, Jiro Sushi Train also offers a decent selection of hot dishes. The udon noodles in their Kakiage Udon were cooked to al dente and the broth subtly enhanced their flavour. The piece of Kakiage was fried to golden brown and was a good partner to the udon noodles.
A good choice for a snack or for those wanting something warm, the Spicy Karaage had the gingery flavour that we expected from a good Karaage, and the sprinkling of chilli powder gave the dish a bit of a spicy kick. For those not in the mood for spicy foods, a non-spicy version of the dish is also available.
To finish your meal, you can choose from a selection of sweet dishes from the "sushi train". We went with the last plate of Matcha Cheesecake on the "train". The filling had a nice firm texture and enough of the "matcha" flavour to make it deserving of its name. The buttery base of the cheesecake provided a bit of contrast from the rich filling.
Matcha Cheesecake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Despite its small size, the restaurant had a cosy ambience with the choice of bar-style seating or the roomier booth-style seating. Parking is of little issue with the carpark within the theatre complex offering a good amount of off-street parking