Helmed by former head chef of a kaiseki restaurant in Japan with over one hundred years, Chef Takanobu Matsuto, IPPIN Café Bar prides themselves as Singapore’s first home concept Japanese café bar. It is a cozy café bar where you get homely authentic Japanese meals and every ingredient can be bought from their extensive concept store. What really struck me was the sincerity put into preparing every dish.
This perfectly smoked fish using cherry blossom is a light dish to start with and best paired with beer or sake. I found that the fish was a tad too tough but the aromatic smoky flavour made up for it.
Loaded with generous servings of large, juicy ikura, this is the ultimate happiness bowl. Freshness and sweetness guaranteed! Using ikura imported from Kesennuma Shishiori, one of the three largest fish market in the world, this is definitely a steal for all ikura lovers! The set comes with miso soup, salad and mini hojicha pudding.
This is mixed vegetables and chicken balls in soup. The chicken balls were cooked in flavourful dashi with wakame. I found the soup very tasty and homely while the chicken balls went perfectly with the special sesame yam dressing. This simple healthy dish has got to be my favourite for the night! The set comes with white rice and mini hojicha pudding.
This is salmon porridge made by pouring hot sweet dashi soup into the rice with delicious salmon kelp. Very comforting dish and the dashi soup is made by soaking sachets in hot water like how you soak your tea bags.
There’s also a wide range of Sake and Japanese beer at very affordable prices to go with your food! My favourite is the range of Kanazawa craft beer ($9) from Ishikawa and surprisingly the dark ale shines among the rest (rice ale, pale ale and gran agri), it’s very smooth with a chocolate after taste.
The new menu at IPPIN Café Bar will be available from 3 Jan 17 onwards, do try it!
IPPIN Café Bar
18 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 238967
Opening hours: Mon –Fri 6PM-11PM
Sat 12PM-3PM, 6PM -11PM