DSC00051 copyFor a food lover, especially one who lives to eat, and not the other way around, the best thing that can happen would be to chance upon a new eatery which serves excellent food, swathed in a nice cosy atmosphere and of course, the clincher, offers great value for money. Naturally, the concept of value is subjective, but in the day and age of present Singapore, now ranked as Number 1 most expensive in the world to live in, the concept of a cheap and good meal has almost gone the way of the Dodo.

Nonetheless, in Singapore, Japanese Cuisine has always been imagined as fine dining with stern, highly trained chefs, wielding ultra sharp knives and serving up delicacies from behind the counter. Not so in Ishinomaki, which offers something different. A quiet Japanese eatery located in the basement of Palais Renaissance along Orchard Road, the restaurant opened for business in August 2014, and has been quietly gaining stellar reviews amongst local food bloggers. Helmed by Chef Chee who hails previously from Keyaki Restaurant, Pan Pacific Restaurant Singapore, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is a member of the Japanese Fisheries Association and receives its Pride Fish from Hokkaido, Japan on a twice weekly basis. Here is an insider tip, the fish are airflown from Hokkaido, every Tuesday and Friday mornings, arriving in Singapore late that same evening. So the best and freshest fish are available in the restaurant every Wednesday and Saturday!

Below are some of the pictures of the meal that we had.

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Selection of Pride Fish from Sapporo, Hokkaido

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Starters. Simple preserved vegetables with Japanese bean paste, served along with fish liver.

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(Not on Omakase menu) Extra order of Yakitori Prawns with Mentaiko Sauce

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Meat ball and straw mushrooms in clear chicken broth

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So tasty, wife wanted to show the insides of the meatball

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Extra order of Eggplant in special sauce with Katsuobushi flakes

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Sashimi Moriwase with extra dollop of uni, courtesy of Chef Chee. We ordered a fresh fish from the catch, and Chef had it sashimi-ed with the the remaining head and bones added to the Miso soup.

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Hiroshima oysters with cheese

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Scallops baked in cheese

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Chirashi Sushi. Assorted cuts of crab, salmon, toro (tuna) topped with copious amounts of tobiko (flyish fish roe) on a bed of vinegared rice.

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Wagyu beef beautifully done and served with vegetables

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Check out the cut. Yumz!

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The remainder of the fish head cooked in our miso soup. The umami was simply awesome.

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Dessert was green tea ice-cream with Japanese pastry

Dinner was served nice and slow, giving us ample opportunity to chat with the chef and also the staff on duty. We were never rushed at any one time and the staff went out of their way to make us welcome and at home, even though we were already past 10pm by the time we finished.

Chef Chee also mentioned that the restaurant was doing well at lunch time selling their specially prepared lunch-boxes, priced from S$25 upwards. Business while initially slow, has picked up nicely and he recommends making a reservation early for dinner, so as to avoid disappointments.

Damage for the night was $88++ per pax for the Omakase dinner. We did not go into the Sake menu that night, but the spirits list sure looked well stocked. The extra fish we ordered went for $60, inclusive of slicing and cooking of the miso soup. Honestly, to us both, that was without doubt the dish of the night.

Bottomline, we will be back again, and very likely with some friends who love good value Japanese food as well.

Keep up the good work, Chef Chee, and for the rest of us, better go soon before the word goes around, and booking has to be done online by ballot, for a spot 2-3 months down the road, like some other Japanese outlets in Singapore.

Here is the link to the website: http://ishinomaki.com.sg/

ISHINOMAKI GRILL & SAKE 390 Orchard Rd, B1-02/02A/03 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871

Opening Hours

LUNCH MON to SUN 11:30am to 3:00pm |

DINNER MON to SUN 6:00pm to 10:00pm |

CONTACT 6737 1065 |

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