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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.
It been a while I come here for a meal. We actually book a table for Pomo outlet through HGW . It was confirmed but when we reached there the place is closed. We called the River Valley Outlet. The nice lady who took my call invited us over to River Valley. It was a complete disaster! The Sashimi wasn't fresh at all. It may be a PH we came by but still food should be up to standard. The Hamachi was sour? The server there was very nice. They changed one for me and asked for another feedback. It was the same. The salmon wasn't fresh too. The plate of mixed Sashimi was served room temperature. Service recovery was done and I was given a plate of salmon belly which might cost $25! Other food was not as good as before too. The service is good but we also pay for food. If a plate of Sashimi wasn't fresh , it is not a place for Japanese food at all. Pork with ginger sauce had a tad of refrigerated porky smell! I also want to enquire why isn't a feedback tab on this restaurant's homepage?? Won't be back for sure
Not excellent like most Japanese buffets, but good enough if you have a soft spot for buffets. The complimentary mentaiko grilled prawns and cold tofu were very good! Try the sashimi, shisamos and irodori maki! I thought that service was quite slow and the waitresses sometimes mix up orders. I would advise making a reservation for dinner as this place is crowded on most of the nights.
book through hungry go where. Hear alot about this restaurant so i try with my friend was nice the sashimi was great and overall the food there is good thanks to the chef . The service was good even is full house . thank you for give me a wonderful dinner .... wil certainly recommend my friends to go there .
Tried the buffet lunch here. Servings are relatively small so u can eat more different varieties. Sashimi definitely not to be missed. The chawanmushi is only averaged. Kinda worth the money here. Place is a little cramp so I prefer to sit at the bar counter
If anyone needs a recommendation to any Jap buffet, this one would be on my priority list.
I've been patronising this place several times and each time I'm always delighted by the endless supply of fresh sashimi, the small food portions and the decent selection of buffet items to choose from.
The place is always packed so do place advance bookings to avoid disappointments.
The ambience is great for gatherings and more people means I get to try out more food!
It may not be the cheapest place to have a jap buffet, but I would always bet my 2 cents worth on the fresh sashimi and the spider handroll.
The sashimi is cut into decent thickness and you can order can much as your stomach can take. The spider handroll is a soft shell crab handroll that is crispy yet made to perfection.
So yes, I look forward to my next visit there.