Monday, 2 July 2012

IKOI JAPANESE RESTAURANT, STRANGER'S REUNION REVIEW

BFF brought us for some yummeh japanese buffet at Ikoi on sunday! Wished C & R were here! 



Traditional japanese decor with lots of woody elements, paintings and japanese koi wallpaper brought authenticity and life to the restaurant. 


Appetiser (AWESOME!)




Boss deciding what to have..


It was quite a long wait before we managed to get a waiter's attention cos we were seated at a little corner! 




 D ordering 20 breaded this, 20 breaded that, and 10 other different kinds of tempuras on the menu haha


FINALLY!! 


The salmon sashimis were really fresh and silky, love em' with a tinge of lemon on. The tako, swordfish and tuna were really good too. I enjoyed these the most from their extensive buffet menu!


 Soba.. Could've been better, it was mostly mushy and overcooked. 
I havent had good tangy soba in a longgg time. Where can i find em'?


Breadcrumb prawns fried to perfection.

  
Sweet potato and lady's finger tempura



Agedashi tofu


Breaded fish


 That would be exactly 8 slices of Pork Cutlet.
Note: 1 order/1 serving = 1 slice of pork cutlet or 1 slice of sashimi / tofu etc
Which means servings are really small, JUST ORDER. (But don't waste food haha).


Chawanmushi


Prawn Tempura


Potato Croquette, didn't like this.. v "gelat" and didnt have much flavour, wasnt sweet or savoury.


More tempura..


Fishcake with cheese.. not bad!


We were pretty sick of the fried stuff by now, so we ordered the broiled dishes! 

Wings were not bad.. M commented that it was a tad too salty but its fine with me! 


Chicken yakitori


 PIKE! Tastes like Saba fish but avoid the tummy areas if you're not used to eating their eggs. They were so freaking bitter i swear my face changed colour. 


Overall we had a good experience, service staff were slow when it comes to the ordering but they are really warm and polite!
 Order more sashimis and put off ordering the fried dishes til your tummies are half full. My awesome companions made up for the waiting time but after orders were taken, they were served up pretty quickly so i'd say service was pretty prompt.  Worth trying EVERYTHING on the menu once. 

Overall a 7/10 for me. 
Just keep whacking the sashimis. =D

Ikoi Japanese Restaurant
401 Havelock Road, #01-01
Hotel Mirama
6887 3788

Opening hours: 
Mon-Sunday
11.30am–2pm, 6pm–11pm

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I had room for desserts so i persuaded BFFs to some sweet savoury waffles at Strangers' Reunion. This is probably like my 100th time there since i know the merchant, didn't take photos of the interior but every person i've brought there always liked its quaint, cosy feel to it. The walls were adorned with his mother's beautiful paintings of nature. The combination and assortment of wooden chairs and table gave the place more depth and character.





I'd say these are the best waffles in town (next to Gelare's) haha, the first time i had it, i had to have another 1. It was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside topped with tons of fresh bananas and maple syrup on the side. I love my waffles best when it's made with love by his brother. They always tasted sooo good!


I also ordered my usual Lady Grey (love this fruity floral tea!), and Cafe Latte. I'm not a coffee drinker AT ALL so i can't give my opinion on their coffees. But Ryan's the 2 time Barista Champion in Singapore so i guess if you wanted REAL good tasting coffee, here's the place you'd wanna visit. 

  
Ice Chocolate for M.


Try their savoury Roasted Pork or Salami Sandwiches if you drop by for lunch. They are absolutely delicous. The roasted pork sandwich is just ingenious! My refusal of trying it the first time Ryan recommended it was just silly and ignorant. haha

My most unbiased rating: 7/10 

Strangers' Reunion
37 Kampong Bahru 
 9368 3610 

Opening Hours: 9am to 10pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)

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