Ichida Japanese Dining – Club Street, Singapore


Attended an Omakase dinner one of the evenings with a bunch of friends at this newly opened Japanese restaurant located right smack where all the action is, Club Street. Head Chef Ron Leo hosted us to a wonderful meal of yummilicious Japanese cuisine and sake which left us filled to the brim! Check out the pics below of what we had!

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Entrance
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Ground floor long counter
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Deco
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First up, Scallops with Spicy Cod Roe sauce and Japanese tomato
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Fresh shuck oysters
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Sashimi… Love the tuna belly here…
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Grilled Sweet Trout
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King Crab… The meat is soooooo sweet!!!
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Crispy shell from the prawn we ate earlier… Nothing goes to waste!!!
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Special made by chef… Uni, hotate and dunno what… taste pretty good!
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Forgot what fish but damn sweet…
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This soup is awesome!
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More treats from the chef!
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Japanese melon and peach really damn sweet… These are not cheap when I was there the last time!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Hands down one of the best tasting Japanese cuisine places in Singapore. Freshness accompanied by awesome service!

Portion: Good.

Ambience: We were there before their opening hence I believe the overall feel wasn’t completed then.

Service: Plain awesome. Chef Ron was humorous and staff we super friendly.

Price: $100 onwards (Depends on your budget but chef is very generous!)

RTE: Definitely!! When I feel rich! 😉

Location: 82 Club Street, Singapore 069450. Tel: 62220235 (Call to reserve with a budget and number of pax ready!)

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[MEDIA TASTING] 鶏金 Torikin – Bukit Timah, Singapore


Recently I was invited to this restaurant for a media tasting and was a surprising gem on Bukit Timah indeed. Torikin is established in Singapore in November 2014 as a casual dining restaurant serving up collagen-enriched chicken hotpots to both locals as well as Japanese expatriates.

Torikin is part of a chain of restaurants by the Ishida Kikaku Group, originating from Fukuoka in Kyushu, Japan. It is the first overseas venture by the Group and embodies its founder, Mr Kyota Ishida’s philosophy of allowing all customers to discover the authentic taste of Kyushu, without compromising on quality. Check out the pics with comments below:

Outside seating
Outside seating
Media friends waiting for tasting to start
Media friends and me waiting for tasting to start
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Private rooms which is not suitable for big guys like me!
Private rooms which is not suitable for big guys like me!
Cooks are helping on prepping the other orders
Cooks are helping on prepping the other orders
First up, Bagna Cauda. Veg sticks with a very interesting anchovies dip. Quite yummy and refreshing!
First up, Bagna Cauda. Veg sticks with a very interesting anchovies dip. Quite yummy and refreshing!
PR manager explaining to us on how Oden is made and the contents.
PR manager explaining to us on how Oden is made and the contents.
Yummy Oden. Reminds me of Japan. These items inside needs to be cooked and soak overnight. That's how wonderful the flavour would get.
Yummy Oden. Reminds me of Japan. These items inside needs to be cooked and soak overnight. That’s how wonderful the flavour would get.
An assortment of different sorts of Oden.
An assortment of different sorts of Oden.
Oden ready to be served.
Oden ready to be served.
Wow look at how the mochi inside the beancurd bag flows out! Super yummy!
Wow look at how the mochi inside the beancurd bag flows out! Super yummy!
Oh they have flavoured beers too! Apparently the Matcha one was more popular with everyone!
Oh they have flavoured beers too! Apparently the Matcha one was more popular with everyone!
Miyazaki Chicken Nanban - Tender chicken chunks deep fried then doused with their in house sauce and dipped in tartar sauce before eating. Quite yummy this one.
Miyazaki Chicken Nanban – Tender chicken chunks deep fried then doused with their in house sauce and dipped in tartar sauce before eating. Quite yummy this one.
Hakata Tonpei Yaki - Love this dish a lot. It has layers of thinly sliced pork and veg. A little like Okonomiyaki but it's not. Very very yummy.
Hakata Tonpei Yaki – Love this dish a lot. It has layers of thinly sliced pork and veg. A little like Okonomiyaki but it’s not. Very very yummy.
Pretty service crew showing us how it was done.
Pretty service crew showing us how it was done.
See the yummy fillings inside
See the yummy fillings inside
In comes the Tomato Okonomiyaki. Sizzling and cooked in front of us by the head chef.
In comes the Tomato Okonomiyaki. Sizzling and cooked in front of us by the head chef.
Head chef cooking
Head chef cooking
Looking good!
Looking good!
Yummy! Loads of natural tomato puree, very different from the street style ones we normally get.
Yummy! Loads of natural tomato puree, very different from the street style ones we normally get.
Kyushu Hakata Specialty Chicken Mizutaki - A specialty of Hakata in Kyushu, Mizutaki is a hotpot chicken dish that is healthy, rich in collagen and fibre. At Torikin, the stock is made daily from Sakura chickens and boiled for more than 6 hours, with no additives at all. What you get is a pale, white stock of natural collagen and a lighter, more refined taste, compared to other collagen-enhanced hot pots.
Kyushu Hakata Specialty Chicken Mizutaki – A specialty of Hakata in Kyushu, Mizutaki is a hotpot chicken dish that is healthy, rich in collagen and fibre. At Torikin, the stock is made daily from Sakura chickens and boiled for more than 6 hours, with no additives at all. What you get is a pale, white stock of natural collagen and a lighter, more refined taste, compared to other collagen-enhanced hot pots.

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Tasting the broth... O.M.G... Super rich in flavour! Gives a nice milky finish.
Tasting the broth… O.M.G… Super rich in flavour! Gives a nice milky finish.
As part of the Mizutaki experience, the server will skillfully roll minced chicken into balls to be dropped into the soup, together with cabbage, mushroom and tofu.
As part of the Mizutaki experience, the server will skillfully roll minced chicken into balls to be dropped into the soup, together with cabbage, mushroom and tofu.
Adding in the veg
Adding in the veg
Pouring some more broth
Pouring some more broth
After adding all the ingredients in.
After adding all the ingredients in.
Ready for indulgence.
Ready for indulgence.
Towards the end, the broth is thickened with egg and rice is added for a rich concoction of nutritious porridge.
Towards the end, the broth is thickened with egg and rice is added for a rich concoction of nutritious porridge.
Yummy porridge that soaks up all the lovely rich broth.
Yummy porridge that soaks up all the lovely rich broth.
Karinto Manju - Basically it's mantou with red bean fillings inside. Very nice and the fillings were filled to the brim!
Karinto Manju – Dessert time! Basically it’s mantou with red bean fillings inside. Very nice and the fillings were filled to the brim!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Everything taste really good. Love the way they use natural ingredients to bring out the flavours in the food.

Portion: Slightly above average portioning.

Service: Very good.

Ambience: Cosy, family, feel the warmth.

Price: $$

RTE: Yeah for gatherings would be great!

Location:

Address:

557 Bukit Timah Road #01-14/16

Crown Centre

Singapore 269694

Hours:

Mon-Fri: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Sat-Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm

https://www.facebook.com/torikinsg/

 

Kaitenzushi Nemurihanamaru – Tokyo, Japan


I’m embarking to start writing about some of the good foods that I have tried in my recent Japan trip. As much as I wanna write some of them, they are located in alleys and do not have English names. Really irritating as I can’t share some of the awesome food I’ve tried. Maybe I should just put up the pics and maybe you guys can just use the address on the receipts to find the places? Let me know if it works for you guys!

Anyways, this Kaitenzushi Nemurihanamaru is a nice sushi conveyor belt place which I came across while walking around the Kitte Mall, just beside the Tokyo Station. The mall itself was a very interesting triangular layout and the shops there are pretty interesting as well, especially the handcrafted ones. Now I’m truly missing the place, so rich in culture, so well mannered people, love the winters, awesome food. Sigh… shall plan another trip this year! Well enough said, let my pics do the talking.

Frontage
Frontage
Love the ambience
Love the ambience
Menu which I didn't understand at all so I just point
Menu which I didn’t understand at all so I just point
Tuna
Tuna
Lobster
Lobster
Seared Salmon
Seared Salmon
Salmon
Salmon
These burger sushis are so awesome!
These burger sushis are so awesome!
Cold Soba
Cold Soba
Scallops
Scallops
Tuna was so good we ordered more
Tuna was so good we ordered more
I think this is snow fish and it's damn nice and milky.
I think this is snow fish and it’s damn nice and milky.
Matcha dessert
Matcha dessert
Yummy fillings!
Yummy fillings!
Brownie
Brownie
Cheesecake
Cheesecake
Very nice jelly
Very nice jelly
Achievement
Achievement
Damage
Damage… About SGD$90

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Freshness beyond imagination. Need I say more?

Portion: Average.

Service: Tip top!

Ambience: Nice and cosy.

Price: Around $90 for all that. Cheaper than Singapore I believe!

RTE: YEAH!!!

Location: 2-7-2 Kitte Marunouchi, KITTE 5F, Chiyoda 100-0005, Tokyo Prefecture. Tel: +81 3-6269-9026. http://www.sushi-hanamaru.com/

Hoshino Coffee (Plaza Singapura) – Orchard Road, Singapore


There are so many new restaurants and cafes that have been springing up from every corner in Singapore and to be honest I dunno this restaurant chain at all. Very famous in Japan, so I should think they should be good here too? I came to know about this place only after my 3 other girlfriends decided to meet for dinner here one of the movie nights. Read on for my story and reviews.

A long queue greeted us while there are empty tables inside. The turn around from the serving staff were not fast enough to enable the queue to shorten. Gimmick? Maybe. But that's so old skool isn't it?
A long queue greeted us while there are empty tables inside. The turn around from the serving staff were not fast enough to enable the queue to shorten. Gimmick? Maybe. But that’s so old skool isn’t it?
Model sample dishes for your selection while you wait in the queue.
Model sample dishes for your selection while you wait in the queue.
Menu
Menu
They gave me such a small juglet for the milk for my coffee... I told her to bring a bigger one instead...
They gave me such a small juglet for the milk for my coffee… I told her to bring a bigger one instead…
Lobster Bisque Soup Spaghetti $16 - Very rich dish, very strong prawny aroma and taste. Some friends like it but I felt the 'stench' is a little too strong for spaghetti.
Lobster Bisque Soup Spaghetti $16 – Very rich dish, very strong lobstery aroma and taste. Some friends like it but I felt the ‘stench’ is a little too strong for spaghetti.
Hoshino Pot-Baked Curry Rice $15 - Curry is ok, sausage nothing special.
Hoshino Pot-Baked Curry Rice $15 – Curry is ok, sausage nothing special.
Hoshino Spaghetti With Eggplant, Bacon, Shimeji and Sausage $14.00 - Nothing special
Hoshino Spaghetti With Eggplant, Bacon, Shimeji and Sausage $14.00 – Nothing special, fancy it a little dry. Try smashing your egg and mix it up.
Free 4 matcha ice cream cone x 4! if you use DBS Credit Card
Free 4 matcha ice cream cone x 4! if you use DBS Credit Card. Softee ice cream taste.
Pancake Souffle Style $9.80 - It's alright only, nothing to shout about.
Pancake Souffle Style $9.80 – It’s alright only, nothing to shout about.
Light and eggy, taste a little like our kueh neng ko (鸡蛋糕)... have to wait for 20-30mins!
Light and eggy, taste a little like our kueh neng ko (鸡蛋糕)… and have to wait for 20-30mins!

Rating: 3.5/5.

Taste: Overall ok only. Dunno what’s the hype all about. Coffee is not bad, beans can tell it’s very dark roasted.

Portion: Above average.

Service: Many peeps complaint about this saying how sucky their service is. Ours was pretty ok.

Ambience: Ok, not very comfy.

Price: About $30 per pax.

RTE: I would like to try the Tomato Cream Omu Rice with Shrimp and Mozarella. Other than that, really nothing special.

Location:  68 Orchard Road, #03-84,Plaza Singapura. Tel: 63383277. Apparently they take reservations.