Itacho has been sorely neglected by us lately as there’s a slew of new Japanese restaurants to try out these days!
One of which is Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru, a new conveyor belt sushi restaurant at Liang Court. With coloured sushi plates varying from $1.80++ (green) to $6.80++ (black), the price range is Itacho-ish value for money.
I’d say go for big salmon, literally big long slabs of fresh salmon sashimi atop a small mound of rice; aburi salmon, the seared version of the aforementioned; kanimiso, a duo of crab meat and unappetisingly grey but deliciously rich crab paste gunkan nigiri that’s rather rare in Singapore but oh-so-common in Japan; daimyo anago, a must-order whenever we spot it on any menu; mentai dashimaki, made-to-order juicy tamago stuffed with briny yet creamy seasoned cod roe; and my favourite at Ryoshi: negitoro, minced fatty raw tuna that’s extremely ooh la la soft~
There’s a separate laminated menu featuring the fresh catch of the day (or maybe week?) and we tried the aburi sawara from there. So-so spanish mackerel~ Can’t remember much of the chawanmushi (infer: forgettable); toro bincho (albacore belongs to the tuna family) is a poor naive substitute for chutoro, much less the real deal (read: otoro); and surprise surprise, I’m far from crazy over the unagi (usually I am!) cuz the silvers of thin glaze-grilled eel are too ridiculously thin. Skip.
Top left, clockwise: chawanmushi ($3.80++); aburi sawara ($3.80++); big salmon ($2.80++); toro bincho ($4.80++); unagi ($2.80++).
Aburi salmon ($2.80++)
Daimyo anago ($6.80++)
Mentai dashimaki ($5.80++)
Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru
#B1-48, Liang Court
177 River Valley Road