Toku Nori at Telok Ayer serves premium handcrafted hand rolls from just S$8.50, set lunches less than S$30 & more

by Sheree Chua

My fellow omakase lovers, you’d get it if I said that being a fan of this Japanese meal can sometimes be a nuisance, right? Like, why does it have to cost an arm and a leg?

Thankfully, there’s now a more affordable option and it’s hand roll bars. For those who don’t know, hand roll bars are kinda like an omakase except hand rolls are served here (duh). As its name suggests, hand rolls are eaten by hand, whereas you use chopsticks for regular sushi rolls.

Toku Nori is a new hand roll bar that has just emerged in Telok Ayer, joining the many institutional restaurants and bars in the vicinity. You’re gonna want to put this on your radar.

Toku Nori

The bar occupies the second and third floors of a heritage shophouse. Once you step in, you’ll be greeted by traditional Japanese design elements and directed to one of just 40 seats in the house. So, yes, it’s an intimate space that’s perfect for dates.

Toku Nori

Here, you can expect sushi hand rolls (known as temaki in Japanese) made with a local twist. While some ingredients and techniques incorporated are not typically used in sushi making, don’t worry, the food still tastes equally good.

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Quality is highly prioritised here, with the sushi rice being Niigata Koshihikari, a premium-grade japonica pearl rice regarded as the best in Japan. The nori is also handpicked at peak freshness from the Japan seas and kept in a metal box to maintain crispness.

So, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth here.

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The star of the show is the signature Toku Nori Set (S$38), which comes with Hotate, Hamachi, Maguro, Salmon and Engawa hand rolls. Top up S$18 to take your meal up a notch with a Sake Pairing.

Toku Nori
Photo: Toku Nori Hand Roll Bar/google

For those with bigger appetites, you can pair your hand rolls with a variety of unconventional izakaya dishes, such as Chicken Ribs (S$14), which is a modern spin on karaage.

Office workers around the area will also be glad to know there are set lunch options available — Toku Wagyu Don (S$24 for ala carte, S$28 for set) and Unatama Don (S$22 for ala carte, S$26 for set)

The set includes miso soup and tea, be it hot or cold Matcha or Hojicha. Opting for the Sapporo Premium Lager or Dark Lager beer is an additional S$10.

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If you intend to bring your partner out for a fancy meal, there’s no better time than now, especially since Toku Nori is currently having a 1-for-1 promotion on their hand rolls until 30 June 2024.

The promotion is only applicable to four hand rolls: Hotate (S$9), Hamachi (S$8.50), Maguro (S$8) and Salmon (S$8.50). Do note that the offer is valid for one redemption per customer and subjected to other terms and conditions.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your reservations here now!

Toku Nori
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📍200A Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068638
🕐11.45am–2.30pm, 5.30pm–11.30pm (Mon-Sat)

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