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Irodori is a simple and chic-looking Japanese restaurant that promises good food at decent prices. Expect quality food – to be sure, we are excluding the leagues of Shinji and Aoki – from their a la carte buffet menu of Japanese cuisine mainstays. Conveniently located at Havelock Road, it is only a short journey to travel from school if you have cravings to satisfy.
We started with the complimentary Ebi Mentai Mayo (grilled tiger prawn). A pity this dish cannot be ordered again because it was one of the more noteworthy dishes, grilled to goodness. For a few fleeting moments of eating this, I had the sudden thought that mayo should used everywhere.
The buffet menu has a wide variety of choices and some of the dishes you have to order include the Sashimi Moriawase. The beautifully plated sashimi includes a mixture ofShake (salmon), Maguro (tuna), Hamachi (yellow tail), Mekajiki (sword fish), Tako (octopus) and Tai (snapper). They give very generous cuts of the sashimi which is fresh and smooth. Waiting time for this dish will be longer on crowded days because everyone will be ordering sashimi (which is the main point of a Japanese buffet after all). Kudos to the tako. I had many slices that were glossily tender and filled with briny sweetness while a few did fall a bit below that.
There’s no way we would pass up the chance to have a simple Chawanmushi. Intensely savory, smooth, custardy, you could pick out the use of a really rich dashi or chicken stock. All the better when it was pouring outside at that time.
I discovered this place a few years ago and have been going back regularly since. I visit this place probably once every 3 - 4 months. It can be a crowded in the evenings so i usually try to go during lunch when i'm on leave or during the weekends. Lunch buffet is also cheaper for the same menu, so better value anyway.
I feel this is a japanese buffet that is quite value for money. They are generous with their sashimi and for their mixed platter, they give you thick cuts of various fishes. Presentation of the sashimi is good. Sometimes when i specifically order just salmon and swordfish sashimi, my personal favourite, quantity is also generous (they fill up the plate with the same amount as a mixed platter would). I would consider the sashimi quality to be good for the price.
Other dishes i like are the grilled mushroom, chanwanmushi, salmon hand roll, tempura, butter fried mushrooms and various pork and beef dishes. I appreciate how they serve these in smaller quantities so i can have a larger variety, Definitely, definitely order their salmon aburi (flame grilled salmon with rice sushi), this is delicious. I can eat a lot of this and not get tired! Their teapot soup is unique, so order it when you're getting a little full. Maybe try the ramen too, it's a small portion. Their garlic rice is tasty. I don't usually get to order garlic rice at normal japanese restaurants and since this is a buffet, do order it anyway!
After everything, i occasionally order the green tea ice cream with red bean. It's smooth, with the flavour just right
Overall, a good place to go every now and then when you're hungry and craving jap food.
When i book more than 1 week in advance for V day they didnt notice me that our table will be shared with other couple untill the day before V day then they call and tell me.. ridiculous. Somemore is V day menu, cancel and let me left with no much choice for reselecting other place as too near to V day le.
I dinned in this restaurant for the first time and it was recommended by my friends to go to, the atmosphere is nice. The food was good; but I had a much better Japanes food than this place with less luxury style and much better food... Not only their food was good, but service was excellent too. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Looking for a Japanese fix, I decided to come by Riverview Hotel after a getting the recommendation from another fellow reviewer.
A colourful sign board greets the entrance of this rather popular eatery and upon entry, one gets squeezed into a section that is designed to pack as many people as possible.
Despite being only half full when I arrived, getting orders was a difficult as not all the staff can take orders. Interestingly, it got more efficient as the night went on despite an increasing amount of inflow customers.
I started with the sashimi platter, as I do in any Japanese buffet which was alright but nothing stood out. The mekajiki, or swordfish sashimi, was a little too wet and the maguro, or tuna sashimi, had too many tendons, making it a difficult eat. Some of the fish was a little warm, which I suspect had to do with the waiting time from when it was prepared and when the dish was served.
Other items, like the chicken karaage and the Tsubaki (fried chicken wing) came out as expected.
The stronger items were its fried items, like the shishamo (pregnant capelin) and the prawn tempura, which when done fresh had a nice crunchy bite. Also, unlike most Japanese eateries, the freebie here (which is a grilled prawn with its roe in mayonnaise) is actually quite good. However, these by itself are not sufficient enough to garner a return visit from me.
It is my 1st time dining at here. The sashimi were fresh and on and off the staffs would serve complimentary dishes (super yummy) that are not inside the menu. The fried dishes were also very crunchy.