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Address: 177 River Valley Road B1-48 Liang Court Singapore 179030 (Map) [Near Medi-ya]
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 9.50pm
Budget: $15 – $25
Recommendations: Udon with Sushi Set, Salmon Sushi
Nestled in the basement of Liang Court and rubbing shoulders with other Japanese heavy-weights such as Marutama Ramen and Tampopo, one would expect Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru to possess some tricks up its sleeve to remain in the competition for so long. Barely 2 years old, the secret to Ryoshi’s success is “value-for-money“. As a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, it serves affordable sushi and udon at wallet-friendly prices, if you compare the quality that you’re getting with the prices paid.
While waiting for our seats (about 10-15min on a weeknight), we had a glimpse at the plethora of choices and were spoilt for choice. We were told by the manager that the wide variety of fishes was due to the fact that the owners were seafood suppliers themselves, and therefore able to provide the fresh stock at such competitive prices. In addition, shipment arrives on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so you know when to plan your visit.
3 out of 4 hungry boys opted for the Tempura Udon Sushi Set, as the piping hot ebi caught our attention while waiting for our seats. Moreover, what is a visit to a sushi restaurant without sushi? Therefore, having tempura, udon and a sushi set was the ideal choice for us. We unanimously agreed that the soup base for the udon was clear, refreshing and not too salty for our liking. The noodles tasted a little like chinese flat noodles and were cooked a little softer than al dente. We have no complaints thought, as we slurped them down before Mr Mushroom’s order arrived.
The Sushi Platter (additional $6.80 to any Udon Set)
The Sushi platter comprises 7 types of sushi (from left to right), including Maguro (Tuna), Fresh Squid, Salmon, Kohada (Gizzard Shad), Mushi Ebi (Shrimp), Inari Sushi (Marinated Sushi Rice in Sweetened Tofu pouch) and finally Tamago (Egg). The fresh squid was both succulent and chewy, while the Kohada was lightly vinegared and mildly refreshing. Our favourite and highlight of the dinner was the salmon nigiri sushi, which left a sweet aftertaste in our palette. It was so nice, Muscle Man even went for a second serving of salmon sushi from the conveyor belt.
The Tempura does not disappoint: it was served piping hot and the prawn remained intact as you chew into the batter (Shrimps that were below average freshness would usually fall apart from its batter casing). And there is no doubt that we just love fried food :)
Mr Mushroom is a man with great ambitions and expectations: when we made our order on the iPad, he couldn’t make up his mind and after 10 gruelling minutes, he chose the Mixed Sushi Set, of which looked so fanciful, he couldn’t bear to eat it. And when he decided to start, he realised there was Nattō, of which he was averse to. Well, we can only say that he enjoyed it after all. Exotic choice indeed.
Mr Mushroom also ordered the Fried Squids and it was pretty decent as well. If you are not driving, this goes really well with beer.
A wise man once said that if you spot Japanese at any restaurant, you probably would not go wrong. Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru is probably one of them. If you’re expecting mid to high end sushi or sashimi, we think that you might have a more enjoyable experience at Chikuwa Tei. However, if you’re looking for fuss-free and affordable sushi, look no further. We however note that they have a unique method of calculating the prices, i.e. by adding coloured plates to your table, instead of merely calculating the prices with the electronic system. One HGW commentator has remarked that he was overcharged with this system, so do beware and check your bill before paying.
Rating: 3.69 / 5 Sushi
P.S. The owners of Ryoshi also own another restaurant located at Robertson Quay, called Ginza Kuroson Singapore. In addition, Ryoshi’s name card is shaped like a sushi, so do pick up one as you pay the tab!
- Tamoya Udon @ Liang Court (dirtyeatdirtybig.wordpress.com)
- Marutama Ramen (Best Tamago Egg) @ The Central (chinchaijiak.wordpress.com)