Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jika Udon

C says:

The people behind Hong Kong chain Itacho Sushi have opened a new joint at JCube, marrying two of their dining concepts - Jika Udon x Itacho Sushi. Most of the Itacho Sushi menu is available here, along with their fusion udon creations.

They're having a hamachi promotion, with their hamachi nigiri sushi going for only $1.90 each. We tried the original and one with citrus paste, and a fatty hamachi for $2.40. No surprise that the fatty one came out tops.

Their aburi sushi was good, but I find that the rice to fish ratio is a bit better at the ION outlet; there was a bit more rice here, but still very good, particularly the aburi fish dorsal sushi.

A's cold udon with egg was pretty good, with the raw egg adding a nice richness and the udon had a good al dente texture.

Unfortunately, my udon with chashu in pork soup was let down by the broth. I must admit it's been a while since we've had noodle broth where the flavours are manufactured rather than coaxed out of ingredients via a long slow cooking process. This is one of those cases where once you've tried the real stuff, it's pretty hard to go back.

The space is bigger than ION but they seem to have fewer servers. Getting someone's attention is quite a challenge but once you do, they're pretty efficient. I'd come back for the sushi but steer way clear of the soup udons.

A says:

Pretty decent. But they really are short of staff. Service is excellent when you finally catch their eye. Unfortunately, that takes a very long while to do.

Jika Udon x Itacho Sushi
2 Jurong East Central
#02-15, JCube
Tel: 6684-4083
Sun–Thu: 11am – 9.30pm
Fri–Sat: 11am – 10.30pm

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