Personally, Itacho Sushi is one of my more preferred options when it comes to chain Japanese restaurants that serve sushi within shopping centres. While we were just walking around Bugis Junction, we walked past an Itacho Sushi outlet and since I had not really visited them in a while, why not make a visit now?
The Crab Meat Salad ($4.80) may be disappointing to some by substituting Surimi for Crab meat, however the cucumbers were refreshing and the fish roe would just burst with every bite. The light salad sauce also does not overpower the various flavours within the dish, and with a price tag of below $5, you can’t really expect anything more than this with its freshness.
The Grilled Salmon with Spicy Miso ($8.00) was nicely grilled with a crispy skin but retained its succulent texture on the inside. The fish was lightly marinated with Miso which gives it some flavour, but not so much that it would cover off the signature taste of salmon. Japanese-style chili powder is sprinkled on top, giving the fish a moderately spicy sensation.
Illustrations on the menu showed a full cup of rice with Eel Mini Rice ($4.00) presented over the rice, but when it came to the table, it was more than just minuscule. With only a pinch of rice served, this definitely looks smaller than any kids meal. However, it is definitely a good size for those who just wants have a try of different items as it is barely filling. The Unagi was well marinated with a sauce that really brought out its flavour, though some pieces were a tad scaly.
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Really liked the Sakura don which was great value for money at $9.90. The variety of raw fish mixed with pieces of cucumber and egg was yummy. I thought it was a little weird that the rice was warm though and I waited almost 20 minutes I think for it to come even though it was after the lunch crowd.
One of the special thing that Itacho sushi offers is their sea urchin sushi. For my first experience with sea urchin, I would say it has a very very strong taste. Once you get used to the taste, you will tend to like it. The service at this restaurant is very prompt. I don’t know if this is true, but the sushi generally does not taste cold but more to room temperature is because they were all freshly kneaded and hand made. I think this is one special thing you guys could go for.
Poor quality sushi, definately not japanese grade rice. Rice falls off jus from picking it up. Staff rejects reorder of promotional items without telling us beforehand. AC not working... Sorry itacho (bugis), u jus lost my confidence and i will not cone ahain and will advice my friends too. Hope the other outlets are not the same...
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Fuji Set ($27.50) – wa-fu salad, deep fried squid, steamed egg with crab, sushi (tuna, salmon, sweet shrimp, squid, shrimp, spring inari & tempura shrimp roll), miso soup & milk pudding
Tanba Set ($30.50) – crab meat salad, deep fried tempura, steamed egg with vegetable, mini rice (curry lobster, lobster salad, sweet shrimp & egg), sashimi (salmon & seabass), creative roll (avocado & soft shell crab, lobster & mango salad), miso soup & milk pudding
Small portions of every little thing.
I am a fan of Itacho Sushi, but their outlet at Bugis Junction is below expectations. The tables were extremely near, as if you are sharing tables in a foodcourt, and the space to move around was limited. The patron sitting beside me had his head hit twice against a waiter's tray and they were amazingly slow when it comes to refilling the tea. Food at Itacho Sushi Bugis Junction were good but not as inspiring as those served at the other outlets so I would strongly recommend anyone to visit their other outlets if you intend to visit Itacho Sushi.
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