Impromptu dinner meet-up with my dear 38 besties two Fridays back, after the end of my exam week one. Remembered how my mother persuaded me to take the night off and mug later, heh! Via the whatsapp chatroom, Jass and I arranged to meet at Buona Vista and it was hilarious how we continued whatsapp-ing until we met at the platform door. Bings and Leo met up with us at Itacho Sushi (Bugis Junction), and surprisingly there wasn’t any crowd unlike the other outlets such as Ion and Plaza Singapura.
The service was rather mediocre – we were ushered to the table, and the waitress left a set of menus on our table and asked us to refer to the papers. There was a stack of different coloured papers which we had no clue on how to go about ordering the food ‘cos each paper had different items. It took us quite a while to understand the system -_____- what’s funnier was, in the end we just gave our orders verbally to the waitress and she took them down using only one sheet of paper.
Apart from the rant about Itacho Sushi‘s service, the food was simply delish. The dishes are slightly different from the usual Japanese restaurants (think Sushi Tei or Ichiban Boshi), and the price stated is for one serving only unlike the usual two services per sushi dish in other restaurants.
Tamago with Crabmeat
Comes in four servings; a consensus that this is a must-order! The egg is cooked just right, and it melts in your mouth almost instantly.
Grilled Squid Sushi
Jass ordered this, whilst the rest of us cringed at the sight of it. HAHA! She sang praises for it though.
Comes in six servings; we didn’t order the much raved Fatty Salmon Sashimi ’cos we had ordered something similar for the sushi. This sashimi beats any restaurant hands down (‘cept maybe on par with Chikuwa Tei)!
Grilled Mackerel in Miso Paste
An item off the Promotions menu; Jass ordered this and we all had tried to stop her ‘cos the dish sounded too salty, judging by its name. However, it turned out to be a nice dish, and we agreed that it tasted ‘homely’.
Lobster Salad with Salmon Sushi
Comes in four servings; this is another must-order! The ingredients are really fresh, and we loved that the lobster salad took away the fishy smell (if any) off the salmon sashimi!
Cold Cha Soba
Ah bings and I ordered this dish for our mains; nowadays, you rarely come across restaurants serving Cha Soba in this manner (with the white radish and spring onions) with the soba soup. So, we were really pleased with this dish, albeit the soba being a little soggy.
Grilled Pork Sushi
This sushi is so delish that we ordered second rounds for it! The pork is so tender, and the marinate goes very well to cover the pork ‘smell’.
Fatty Salmon Sushi and Duck Meat Sushi
Something different that we’d opted to try; the Fatty Salmon Sushi tastes awesome but only if you’re someone who likes to eat salmon skin. The Duck Meat Sushi is something unique, but I still very much prefer my usual duck meat rice. HAHA!
Another dish for Jass’ mains; the chawamushi arrived piping hot and the steamed egg was near perfect! Definitely a must-order as well!
*all photos were taken with my iPhone4, with minimal edits*
Despite the slow service and some bad attitude experienced from the waitresses (as ranted by other diners as well), the dining experience at Itacho Sushi (Bugis Junction) was pretty awesome with the great food served! The total bill came up to about S$20++ per pax, which we’d thought it was reasonable, given the amount and variety of food that we had ordered. Reservations are advised, albeit the (surprise) small crowd on a Friday night.
200 Victoria Street, #B1-05 Bugis Junction
Tel: +65 6337 8911
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As usual, we went shopping (or rather, window shopping) after the hearty dinner, and had a great night out that ended with lots of laughters and heart-to-heart conversations on the way home. This group of friends is a gem to me, and I hope our (yearly) meet-up can be more frequent!