Itacho Sushi, a sushi chain originating from Hong Kong, has taken its home country by storm, and is now looking to make some inroads into the Singapore market. Good for them, I say, because I was quite impressed when we tried it on Sunday night.
It’s very much cha chan teng style, where you mark your order on the order forms at the table. The good thing about this place is that the nigiri sushi is sold per piece, so you don’t have to get pairs and you get to try even more varieties.
The sushi was surprisingly good. Prices are generally very decent – a piece of aburi salmon belly sushi is only $1.70, for example, and the fish to rice ratio was a lot better than many of the other sushi chain restaurants (the thin slivers of fish atop huge chunks of rice at some branches of Ichiban Sushi spring to mind). This is taken to extremes with the anago (sea eel) sushi – an entire anago fillet on top of a small portion of rice, at only $6 a piece.
Other things we tried were a soy-marinated salmon sushi (80 cents), fatty yellowtail sushi ($2.70), sushi with aburi scallop and cod liver ($2.80), aburi mackerel sushi ($1.60), crab meat salad ($4.50) and an agedashi tofu with fried sakura ebi ($6).
Service was excellent. The waiter at the door was one of the most well-spoken Japanese restaurant waiters I’ve ever come across, and when one of the waitresses made a mistake with an octopus dish that I’d ordered, she volunteered to change it, even though I’d taken a piece of octopus already, without any complaints or questions asked.
Don’t compare this with premium Japanese restaurants, but if you take it for what it is, i.e. a chain sushi restaurant, then for what you’re paying, the standard is really quite high. Props to A’s friend KH for recommending this place to us. We’d never have thought to try it, given the wealth of other choices at ION, but now I’m already quite keen to go back for more.
Superb service and the food’s not bad. Definitely an option at Ion (although I still prefer the duck from B4).
#B2-18 ION Orchard
Sun – Thurs: 11 am to 10 pm
Fri – Sat: 11 am to 11 pm