Japanese restaurants are aplenty in Singapore, but a cozy Japanese cafe is hard to find. Ippin Cafe Bar in Mohamed Sultan Road prides itself on serving authentic Japanese cuisine eaten in Japanese homes, #BetterThanMom even.
– Gail & Jem
The owner, Ayumi Fujishiro, is a Japanese woman who boldly set up the first home concept Japanese cafe bar in Singapore, a spot for those with a serious affection for real Japanese food that tastes like it’s home.
Oyakodon Set – $15G & J: Chicken is boiled with dashi (stock) and topped with egg. The sauce was very balanced and not overly salty. Not only was the chicken meat tender, it was also very seasoned. Comes with miso soup and matcha pudding. Rice refills are free.
Yakisoba Set – $12G & J: Ippin prides itself on the savoury sauce used for this Japanese daily dish. The noodles are cooked perfectly, but we would prefer to consume this between two people to prevent feeling too “gelat” from the carbo. Comes with Kobachi (small dish) and matcha pudding.
Ginger Pork with Rice Set – $15G & J: Undoubtedly the star of the tasting. We asked for seconds, and it was also wiped clean. Known as Syoga-yaki (fried ginger pork), it is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. The sweet soy sauce and ginger taste complemented one another, and most importantly gelled together with the tender but firm slices of pork. Comes with rice with barley, miso soup, salad and matcha pudding.
Deep Fried Oyster Set – $24G: These oysters are raised in clean oceans in Japan. For this dish, they are lightly battered so you can expect some crunch on the outside and some flavour from within. The pork side dish was extremely satisfying; soft boiled potatoes with thinly-sliced and fragrant pork. Comes with rice with barley, miso soup, Nikujaga pork and potato stew, salad and matcha pudding.
Overall, a very homely and cosy restaurant that provides a unique experience that not many Japanese restaurants offer in Singapore. With the owner and head chef being authentic Japanese, the tastereall isn’t far off from the homecooked dishes in Japanese homes. Have some patience when searching for a parking lot along the road though.
18 Mohamed Sultan Road
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm
* This is an invited media tasting by Ippin Cafe Bar.
Average cost per pax: $15-$25
What you should order: Ginger Pork with Rice set, Deep Fried Oyster set.