Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru, Liang Court - Real Fish at Real Prices

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Hokkaido Scallop Nigiri Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Jizakana Rayu Gunkan Maki Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Hokkaido Scallop Nigiri Sushi, $4.80, Jizakana Rayu Gunkan Maki Sushi, $2.80

Every now and then, a restaurant appears out of nowhere and completely shakes up the scene. Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru is one of them. Really, who would expect good sushi out of a conveyor belt restaurant? Especially when the steepest plate of sushi is $6.80! Stoked?

Unagi Nigiri Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Big Salmon Nigiri Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Unagi Nigiri Sushi, $2.80, Big Salmon Nigiri Sushi, $2.80

Let me get your expectations straight - yes, the fish is markedly better than the competition, and the selection, impressive, but you'll be kidding yourself if you're hoping for quality that parallels a top table. You're paying a third of the price (depending on what you order, of course,) for quality fish that isn't too far off and at least for me, that's good enough. Good enough, in fact, for me to return within the very same week. I suspect I wasn't the only one.

Ebi Avocado Gunkan Maki Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Aburi Salmon Nigiri Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Ebi Avocado Gunkan Maki Sushi, $2.80, Aburi Salmon Nigiri Sushi, $2.80

What I love most about this mean sushi joint is their interesting and varied sushi selection. There are a couple of offerings you most certainly will not find in your run-of-the-mill Japanese joints, such as Raw Cherry Shrimp, Raw Whitebait, and my favourite, Kani Miso. For the uninitiated, Kani Miso is the creamiest, most intense part of a crab - tastes just as though you've squeezed all the living daylights flavour out of a crab, compressed it and turned it into paste - otherwise known as crab guts. It's also absolutely delicious. Takes a little getting used to, I'll admit, but once you do, there's just no turning back.

Kani Miso Gunkan Maki Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Uni Gunkan Maki Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Kani Miso Gunkan Maki Sushi, $3.80, Uni Gunkan Maki Sushi, $5.80

After two visits, I think I've figured out what works. As a rule of thumb, stick to the raw stuff, that's where their game is. This means to say if I were you, I wouldn't hold high expectations for ingredients that are a little trickier to prepare, such as unagi or tamago, which were both a little of a let-down.

Maguro Nigiri Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Chawanmushi, Ryoshi Sushi IkeikemaruHokkaido Scallop Nigiri Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Fatty Salmon Nigiri Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Maguro Nigiri Sushi, $3.80, Chawanmushi, $3.80, Fatty Salmon Nigiri Sushi, $3.80

That said, their Chawanmushi was pretty decent, and their Udon, a cut above the rest. Unlike what you get at most places, the udon noodles here are a little bit thinner, and more rustic - looks and tastes positively hand-made. It's a win at prices that range from just $4.80 for plain Udon to $9.60 if you want it topped with Tempura.

Ikura Gunkan Maki Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Oyster Gunkan Maki Sushi, Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
Ikura Gunkan Maki Sushi, $4.80, Oyster Gunkan Maki Sushi, $4.80

But of course, this place is about sushi. While I enjoyed most of what I had, these were the stand outs - thick slices of Chutoro (fatty tuna) which literally melted in my mouth, slivers of Sea Urchin full of ocean sweetness (not the best, granted, but decent for the price), fresh Hokkaido Scallops with that lovely bite to it, and the Oyster Gunkan, which tasted like the most delicious rush of ocean waves, in the best way you can possibly picture. Oh how I love this place.

Recommendations: Oyster Gunkan Maki, Chutoro Nigiri, Uni Gunkan, Big Salmon Nigiri, Aburi Salmon Nigiri, Hokkaido Scallops Nigiri, Kani Miso Gunkan, Ebi Avocado Gunkan and Udon.


Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
177 River Valley Road
B1-48 Liang Court
Singapore 179030
Tel: 6337 1022
Open Mon to Sun, 11:00 - 22:00



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