Unlike other Japanese restaurants that serve sushis or tempuras, Ippin Cafe and Bar serves Japanese-style home cooked food. Boasting hashtag #BetterThanMom, they serve food usually found on the table of a Japanese family, such as Oyakodon, pork stew, onigiri, and beef steak.
Some of the dishes on their menu include:
Veggie Sticks ($5) with wasabi mayo & green onion miso dip reminds me of how Koreans eat their kimchi. Also on their new menu; Tofu with Two Toppings ($5). One is topped with gyoza sauce made from soy sauce, sesame oil, peanuts and onion. Although it’s meatless, it makes you feel like eating real gyoza. The other one is topped with ginger pickles seasoned with sesame, soy sauce and sugar. Somehow, I like the gyoza topping better than the ginger.
Cold Yuzu Noodle ($15) above is their new menu. The noodle comes from Tochigi Prefecture. This set is served with scented soy sauce, vegetables, egg, ham, mini tofu, and mini Grace Piece Darjeeling tea jelly. The taste of this dish is a bit odd as it is slightly sour but it’s also refreshing at the same time.
They also serve my favorite comfort food; Oyakodon set ($15 nett). The chicken in the Oyakodon is tender and flavourful as it’s boiled in dashi (stock). It is served with miso soup and mini grace piece tea jelly. The Nikujiga ($5) which is basically a pork stew is a bit sweet for my tasting.
The highlight of the evening was perhaps their Beef Steak Set ($25) served with wasabi soy sauce/garlic soy sauce/wasabi salt. The beef was tender and went well with either of the three sauces. The best thing is you can buy any condiments and other Japanese goodies off the rack. If you’re a sake fan, they have a wide range of sake that you can try too.
This is a media tasting event. Thanks Ippin Cafe Bar for your hospitality.
📍 Ippin Cafe Bar
18 Mohamed Sultan Road
Mon-Sat 11am-3pm and 5pm-11pm
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