Liang Court has always been a great spot for everything Japanese-Themed… Plenty of Japanese-Styled Boutiques, most notably Uni-Qlo, and of course the Giant Supermarket for pretty much all things Japanese, Daimaru or Meidiya!!! At the corner of the Supermarket, there is a little cluster of Japanese Restaurants and Eateries… Definitely, the most notable one would be the Restaurant right at the corner with a frequent queue, Ikeikemaru!
Ikeikemaru is an amazing, authentic Sushi-Belt restaurant, with a giant menu at the entrance… One very simple clue that this restaurant is good, is the simple presence of actual Japanese Patrons in this packed Restaurant!
You can order through the staffs, but the ’21st Century’ way would be through the rather simple to use and intuitive Touchscreen! It is organised into the different sections of food, but one criticism is the touch sensitivity is a bit off, so you might have to double or triple tap sometimes!
One thing I really like about this Japanese Sushi Restaurant is that the Sushi Chefs does most of the work behind the Sushi counter, so it is fun and entertaining to watch, especially if you have a table next to the Sushi belt.
This are the different Sushis ordered, and if I am honest all of them tastes rather good and fresh! The Sushis are aerved on coloured plates, and the price ranges from $1.80 to $6.80 per plate!
The Sushis worth mentioning would be the Otoro (Tuna Belly) ($13.60 for two) and the Ikura (Salmon Roe) ($5.80). The Otoro wasn’t exactly melt-in-your-mouth, but it did evaporate slightly, and it was smooth and a light Tuna Taste. The Ikura was one of the better quality ones I have had, and it had a slight saltiness, and of course, the eggs burst in my mouth like delicious little pearls!
This is the Oyster Chawanmushi ($5.80)! This was the first time I had a Oyster Chawanmushi, and I rather enjoyed it! The Oyster on top was half-cooked, which I was quite happy about. The actual egg was actually cooked with the Oyster Juice, and it was very smooth!
This is the Fried Aji ($6.80)! Ok, this is actually fried Horse Mackerel served with Tartar sauce. The Fish was properly coated and fried, but slightly bland in terms of seasoning…
This is the two Noodle Dish, the above is Soumen ($8.60) and below is the Wakame Udon ($6.80). The Soumen, is effectively Cha Soba, or Japanese-style Green Tea Cold Noodle! That is something I have been eating since I fell in love with Japanese food when I was a little Boy. The Noodles were nice and springy, but the sauce was both Sweet and Salty, which did taste odd…
The Wakame Udon is one of Ikeikemaru speciality! It is Hot, thin Udon with ‘Fried Stuff’ in a Bonito flavoured Broth! The Udon was very nice and chewy, without being mushy…
Now, this is the highlight of the meal, the Whole Kinmedai (or Alfonsino, the Golden-Eyed Snapper) Fish ($70.00)! It was a special fish, which was extremely fresh and even shown to us whole and raw by one of the Chefs! We decided to have it two ways, grilled and Sashimi!
This is my preferred way, the grilled Side of Kinmedai! The Fish was tender and juicy, but some parts were slightly underseasoned, but the Fish was perfectly Grilled, so the meat slit off the bone with minimal effort!
The Sashimi way was also rather nice! The meat of the fish was slightly firm, and it was seperated into the different parts of the fish. My preference was for the Belly part, which was slightly softer and less chewy then the body.
In Conclusion, Ikeikemaru is definitely a great Restaurant to go to for Japanese food! But, there is probably a question lingering in your minds to those for read all my reviews… Is it better than its competitor upstairs, Tampopo? Well, my answer is, they are both good, but they can’t be compared… Ikeikemaru specialises in Sushi and Sashimi, while Tampopo specialises in Ramen, Tonkatsu… That kind of thing…
177 River Valley Road
#B1-48 Liang Court Meidi-Ya Shopping Centre