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Hello, I'm Cliff Anderson! Why Cliff(y), you ask? Well, a lot of people I've met since primary school till now have always called me Cliffy! Anyway, for every 50 posts I come up with, and every 25,000 pageviews, I'm donating a sum of money to the World Food Programme. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SIN: Issho Izakaya

Not worth it, except for the coolly-named dessert: Blancmange!

Issho Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant in Kallang Wave near the Singapore Sports Hub. As the name of the restaurant suggests, it has a vision of "creating a casual dining place that brings friends and family together". On top of the usual tables and chairs, it offers traditional tatami seating, as well as seating by the sushi bar.


I heard that with every order of a particular sumo pot, guests are entitled to an arm wrestling challenge with the staff on duty to stand a chance to win a mug of Sapporo beer. Are you interested to give it a shot?


Tori Negima S$6.20
Taste: 6.5/10

As a recommended dish, I don't think the grilled chicken and leek skewers truly shone. While the white meat was tender, it could be juicier. The same can be said for the leeks that could have more moisture.


Kani Cream Korokke S$7.00
Taste: 8/10

What a steep price to pay for a piece of crab cream croquette... Nevertheless, it was one of the best items of the day. The batter was light and crunchy, encasing sweet and savoury cream that had shavings of real crab meat.


Pretty mouth-watering, don't you think? Of course, it couldn't manage to beat the one I tried at Hyousetsu no Mon in Hokkaido, Japan.


Negitoro Maki S$10.80
Taste: 4.5/10

It was a waste of money ordering the minced fatty tuna roll. The fish didn't have a distinctive taste, and the rice couldn't really hold everything together in one piece. It was edible, but no further elaboration is required.


Yaki Soba S$12.00
Taste: 4/10

The fried soba (Japanese buckwheat noodle) was way too salty for my liking, not to mention that some strands were burnt. To be fair, actually there were adequate amounts of pork, onions, cabbages and seaweed.


Ebi Tama Don S$16.50
Taste: 7/10

I was glad that the rice bowl was more than just barely edible, even though it wasn't really value-for-money either. The battered shrimps were somewhat succulent, pairing well with the combination of runny eggs and sweet onion slices.


Blancmange S$8.50
Taste: 8.5/10

At the very least, I was glad that the dinner ended with a delectable dessert item. The marriage between Italian panna cotta (lit. cooked cream) and Japanese black sesame resulted in a fine-textured, grainy creation that was both sweet and savoury. The homemade black sesame ice cream, albeit small, made my tongue dance.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 6.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 5/10
Overall: 6.5/10

While the Blancmange was good, I left the restaurant feeling dissatisfied. Their slow service, unfortunately, has convinced me not to give them a second chance. Pika's advice: For those who're interested, the restaurant offers weekday lunch set meals that come with complimentary dessert.

Issho Izakaya

1 Stadium Place
#01-13/K5 Kallang Wave
Singapore
(Sun-Thu: 10.00am - 10.00pm; Fri-Sat: 10.00am - 10.30pm)


*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Have a nice meal,
Cl

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