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Rakuichi (Far East SC)

AsianJapanese

Cosy and comfortable ambience, warm and friendly service.

We serve authentic Japanese cuisine, seasonal gourmet items, premium Japanese beer, sake shochu and liquor.

Try our creative chef's artfully prepared specialities and sashimi. Don't miss your favourite sushi, kushiyaki, yakimono, agemono, mushimono and konabe items on our menu.

A feast for your eyes and palate

Daily: 11:30 - 22:00

+65 67370757
$53 based on 10 submissions
After Work (3 votes), Dinner (3 votes), Lunch (3 votes)
ThumbsForFood

Room for improvements

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/08/rakuichi-japanese-restaurant-far-east.html

Rakuichi is situated in Far East Shopping Centre, which is just a stone's throw from Ion Orchard. The building is quite old and worn and the escalators were not working when we were there. Nevertheless, we managed to locate Rakuichi on the 3rd floor.

Even though it was a Friday night, we were quite surprised that the place was not crowded. In fact, we were one of the three tables there were occupied that night. We ordered the dinner set which came with Tempura, Teapot Soup, Assorted Sashimi of the day, Yakitori Sticks and some Shishamo and Edamame. We thought that the portion was on the small side considering the cost of the meal.

The bowl of assorted Sashimi that came caught us aback! It was presented in a large bowl of ice and out salmon and yellowtail fish sashimi was placed neatly on top. Presentation and effort is worth 10 points! Sadly, they did not have my favorite swordfish sashimi that I was craving for. All of us felt that the temperature of the sashimi could be cooler. It was strange because with the amount of ice, we thought that the sashimi would be much cooler. I could never have enough of Salmon Sahimi!

Another hot favorite: Aburi Sushi! Yes, everyone loves Aburi sushi, which is sushi that is torched lightly. It was our top dish of the day as well. The burst of flavor when you put a piece in your mouth is really too much to describe.

We had some Assorted Sushi set as well which came with Teapot Soup, Tempura and Shishamo. Well, I am not a fan of Shishamo actually. The idea of eating a pregnant fish is just too overwhelming. The assorted sushi were alright. Similar to the Sashimi, we would prefer the temperature of the slices to be cooler. The tempura was fried to perfection but, we were a little disappointed that it was not served hot.

I guess many patrons of Rakuichi are more familiar to the branches at Oasia Hotel and Dempsey. Of course, if you compare the sets to high end Japanese restaurants Tastsuya, the price that they offer is quite reasonable for sets ranging from $40-80. Well, I would recommend you visiting Rakuichi for lunch as I feel that their lunch sets are quite similar to dinner and more value-for-money. 

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25 Aug 2013 • 169 reviews • 4 followers

Room for improvements

For full review and more photos, please visit http://thumbsforfood.blogspot.sg/2013/08/rakuichi-japanese-restaurant-far-east.html

Rakuichi is situated in Far East Shopping Centre, which is just a stone's throw from Ion Orchard. The building is quite old and worn and the escalators were not working when we were there. Nevertheless, we managed to locate Rakuichi on the 3rd floor.

Even though it was a Friday night, we were quite surprised that the place was not crowded. In fact, we were one of the three tables there were occupied that night. We ordered the dinner set which came with Tempura, Teapot Soup, Assorted Sashimi of the day, Yakitori Sticks and some Shishamo and Edamame. We thought that the portion was on the small side considering the cost of the meal.

The bowl of assorted Sashimi that came caught us aback! It was presented in a large bowl of ice and out salmon and yellowtail fish sashimi was placed neatly on top. Presentation and effort is worth 10 points! Sadly, they did not have my favorite swordfish sashimi that I was craving for. All of us felt that the temperature of the sashimi could be cooler. It was strange because with the amount of ice, we thought that the sashimi would be much cooler. I could never have enough of Salmon Sahimi!

Another hot favorite: Aburi Sushi! Yes, everyone loves Aburi sushi, which is sushi that is torched lightly. It was our top dish of the day as well. The burst of flavor when you put a piece in your mouth is really too much to describe.

We had some Assorted Sushi set as well which came with Teapot Soup, Tempura and Shishamo. Well, I am not a fan of Shishamo actually. The idea of eating a pregnant fish is just too overwhelming. The assorted sushi were alright. Similar to the Sashimi, we would prefer the temperature of the slices to be cooler. The tempura was fried to perfection but, we were a little disappointed that it was not served hot.

I guess many patrons of Rakuichi are more familiar to the branches at Oasia Hotel and Dempsey. Of course, if you compare the sets to high end Japanese restaurants Tastsuya, the price that they offer is quite reasonable for sets ranging from $40-80. Well, I would recommend you visiting Rakuichi for lunch as I feel that their lunch sets are quite similar to dinner and more value-for-money. 
18 Dec 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Great place for dinner

The sashimi was really fresh and the freshly grind wasabi is fantastic. The service by their staff was very prompt.
19 Jan 2010 • 12 reviews • 0 follower

Great Food

Good service and great food !
12 Jan 2010 • 62 reviews • 0 follower

Authentic Jap food

Been here twice during my stay in Singapore and the quality has always been consistent. A local expat friend brought me & my family here and says this restaurant is a favourite among the Jap community here. As the saying goes, go where the locals (in this case, the Jap crowd) eat!
black sesame ice cream
07 Jul 2008 • 155 reviews • 71 followers

It’s No Biggie Really!

Think I’d better stop be tempted by reviews on the net! Been reading quite a number of good reviews about this place, so being the very kaypoh me came here to see see. Of coz with the best company in the world! :)

Woa! I thought I walked into the wrong restaurant man! These guys are ex-Kuriya team, it’s no wonder the décor looks like Kuriya, place smells like Kuriya, food very Kuriya, people very Kuriya, even their uniforms also like Kuriya!

Set meals here are not exactly cheap. Discounting the weekly special sets which cost $21.60-$28.60, the usual sets range from $32-$40 and the monthly ones $47-$88! (haha I think I much prefer my $15 and $25 chirashi!) I ordered the Rakuichi Bento ($32.60). There’s salad, sashimi, tempura, chawanmushi, grilled cod, miso soup and rice. Sounds like a lot of food on the table lol. But it’s really only a bit of each! I didn’t like the sashimi coz it tasted really insipid! No taste of “fish”. Cod wasn’t oily at all! :( And oh yes! The (only) table next to ours ordered the same bento, but the lady had some fatty salmon belly while I didn’t get any. Well, I.F. if they were regulars then I’m ok with the differential treatment. But they were not! Can tell! Why so I wonder.

Bleah! I tried asking for fresh wasabi the waitress say have to pay! Woa! Hmm…so set lunches don’t warrant such premiums HERE ok fine…BUT I know of many other worthy places which willingly and unconditionally give me fresh wasabi if I request, even if it’s only for my set lunches or grilled fish! Sun…Akashi….Tatsuya….then hor! Aoki, Yoshida and of coz my favoritest Nogawa ONLY serves fresh wasabi. I don’t even have to ask! ‘Nuff said. :X

My favoritest person in the world ate her favoritest unagi donburi. She wanted it coz it came as part of the weekly special lunch sets ($21.60) which also included the same salad and sashimi I had, grilled tai (snapper) fishhead and soba in soup. She absolutely loves any unagi anywhere so I can’t comment on this. Snapper head was quite fresh she said but haha she didn’t like the soba coz it became so soggy!

The nicest part of the whole meal was the black sesame ice cream dessert! It’s really rich and fragrant! I always like Kuriya’s black sesame ice cream and Rakuichi’s black sesame ice cream tastes exactly the same as Kuriya’s black sesame ice cream haha. ‘Nuff said.

I note the service staff here are not friendly at all. They are so nonchalant and detached from their guests. Yes I was there to enjoy a meal with my favoritest person in the world not to get chummy with them. But at least smile one can? Think they all need a group hug.

Hmm…I think I’m happier with my Matsuo’s bento, Akashi's warmth, and Nogawa’s chirashi & everything else thankyouverymuch. :-/