This new conveyor belt sushi place that opened in the basement of Liang Court is quite a find. In fact, we liked it so much that we went there on two consecutive Fridays. They don't take reservations, and while we managed to get seats without waiting on both occasions, there were snaking queues when we passed by on a Saturday evening.
Prices are similar to Itacho Sushi or Sushi Tei, with plates priced according to colour and ranging from $1.80 to $6.80. So far their servings are very decent, with a very generous fish-to-rice ratio.
Some of our favourites are the salmon nigiris. The basic salmon is delicious and, in my opinion, better than the slightly pricier fatty salmon. Another must-order for us is the aburi salmon, which comes topped with grated daikon soaked in ponzu sauce.
The botan ebi here is fabulous too. The prawn is super fresh and very creamy, and the best part is that the head is absolutely packed with head juice. Slurp it up neat, or squeeze some of it directly onto the sushi - whatever you do with it, do NOT waste it.
They have a crab miso gunkan-style sushi, which comes with one half crab meat, and the other half a mixture of crab brains. I have mixed feelings about this one - the crab miso is delicious and really flavourful, but it's let down by the rather insipid, watery crab.
Fate resulted in us ordering the wagyu beef sushi. We actually ordered the maguro avocado sushi but the waitress mistakenly heard wagyu instead. Since they'd prepared it we decided to try it anyway, and I'm glad we did. The beef was lightly seared and very tasty, and again there was a lot of meat compared to the rice.
The aburi otoro nigiri was delicious too, but at $6.80 each, perhaps not something that we'll order all the time. They have some pretty decent aburi mackerel sushi too, for a much more palatable $2.80 for 2 pieces.
Service is excellent, and the best thing is that they (almost always) get your orders correct, and everything arrives really quickly. A marked contrast to Itacho, which we used to like but lately their slow service has been a major factor in our deciding not to dine there.
It also helps that Ikeikemaru is located in Liang Court, just adjacent to Meidi-Ya, which is possibly our favourite supermarket in Singapore. Hard-to-find Japanese snacks, Hokkaido soft ice cream and even imported groceries like Kelloggs Krave cereal and Concord grape jelly. Plus, you gotta love a mall that uses a family of onigiri as their official mascot.
The sushi here is fantastic for a conveyor belt place. The cooked food, not so much. Service here however is very good and the prices aren't insane. Probably my favourite low-mid range sushi place now.
Plus there's the soft serve ice cream right outside. Win!
Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
177 River Valley Road
Opening hours: 11 am - 9.50 pm