Thursday, May 7, 2015

Japan IPPIN Cafe Bar 極品 Food Review

Hi lovelies,

Some weeks back, I visited a Japanese IPPIN Cafe Bar which offers classic Japanese home-style comfort food.

This home concept Japanese cafe bar is opened by Ayumi Fujishiro who left Japan to explore more possibilities in life after suffering from temporary hearing loss. Ayumi decided to take on an adventurous road to Singapore and later set up IPPIN Cafe Bar along Mohamed Sultan Road.

The attractive lady brewing tea behind the counter is the owner, Ayumi Fujishiro.

IPPIN Cafe Bar is famous for their Japanese Green Teas, Sake and Craft Beers along side their set menus. 

Tea leaves are imported from Shizuoka - Japan's best tea garden. From left to right, Hojicha (S$6 nett)Genmaicha (S$6 nett) and Sencha (S$6 nett).

Hojicha, is a kind of roasted green tea, brown in colour and it is high in catechin and low in caffeine and tannin, it is suitable even for children.
Genmaicha, a green tea that is steamed longer than Sencha, causing the tea leaves to split, giving it a stronger yet more mellow taste.
 Sencha, most popular Japanese green tea which had the perfect balance of refreshing aroma, delicate sweetness and very mild bitterness.

Being a green tea lover myself, I love all their green teas as they are smooth and soothing, leaving a refreshing green tea aroma after every sip.

For Sake , there are Kirai Junmai (S$15 nett) and Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo (S$15 nett).

Kirai Junmai is made from rice wine of small rice grains with 14% alcohol.
Tokugawa Ieyasu Daiginjo is made from rice wine of bigger rice grains with 17% alcohol.

For Craft Beer (S$9 nett),  there are 4 options.

Kanazawa Hyajumangoku Beer Koshihikari Ale made from Japonica rice and it has a light taste and smooth texture.
Kanazawa Hyajumangoku Beer Pale Ale  made from six-row barley seeds and it has a smooth texture with well-balanced bitterness. I love the gentleness and lightness of this beer that is good to go with seafood.
Kanazawa Hyajumangoku Beer Dark Ale  has a rich taste, it is strong and masculine but lighter than Guinness. It left a nice lingering aroma in the mouth and I find it great to go with red meat. 
Granagri has a fruity aroma and slightly creamy texture.

Miso Udon Noodle with Oyster Set (S$15 nett)
Miso Udon is soul food of Aichi Prefecture. This dish uses red miso from natural production method. The set meal comes with kobachi (small dish) and dessert. 

I love the Q-texture of the Udon noodle. The noodle is thinner than other Udon noodles but smoother. I also love the fresh oysters together with the seafood flavor in the miso soup. It is a bowl full of generous ingredients and oceanic freshness.

Grilled Oyster & Veggies in Ponzu Butter Sauce Set (S$20 nett)
The Oysters are from Hiroshoma Perfecture, the most famous oyster area in Japan, raised in clean ocean. The oysters are grilled in ponzu (yuzu vinegar) butter sauce for a refreshing taste. This set comes with barley rice, Hatcho miso soup, Nikujaga pork and potato stew, salad and dessert.

Fresh grilled oysters:

Flavorful pork and potato stew:

I love the perfectly cooked pork and potato stew that the pork could melt in my mouth and the potatoes were well marinated with the savoury sauce. I truly enjoyed this dish very much!

Deep Fried Oyster Set (S$24 nett)
 Oysters also from Hiroshima Perfecture, lightly battered, very crispy on the outside, yet juicy and fresh inside. This set comes with barley rice, Hatcho miso soup, Nikujaga pork and potato stew, salad and dessert.

The oysters are really huge in size! I love its crispy exterior and the oh-so-juicy and fresh oyster meat. I could taste the natural sweetness of the oysters in every mouth.

Oyakudon Set (S$15 nett)
This dish consists of chicken chunks and egg on rice, with chicken meat boiled with dashi (stock). This set comes with miso soup and dessert.

This is a definite must-have at IPPIN CAFE BAR for me! It love the combined taste of the tender, huge chunks of chicken meat with the egg. The savoury sauce drizzled over the chicken and rice is surely one of the reasons why I could not stop myself when I had this dish. High recommended to try it!

Yakisoba Set (S$12 nett)
Yakisoba is Japanese daily food. The noodle comes from Chiba Perfecture and for this dish, it is cooked with its savoury sauce. This set comes with Kobachi (small dish) and dessert.

Their salad has no dressing. You get to self-mix to create your own salad dressing or you can even opt to have your salad plain.

To end off the meal, I had their mouth-watering Yuzu Jelly dessert, a cooling dessert with a tinge of sourness among the sweet. Very refreshing!

I also had their super addictive Suwa Shoten Rattsu Nuts (S$8/cup) in Strawberry, Coffee and Matcha flavours.

Other than serving delicious food, there is also a everything Japanese Concept Store. The interior is a homely space bordered by wooden shelves of premium Japanese snacks, condiments, cooking ingredients, teas, sake and even paper fiber clothing.

Before I end my post, I had a photo together with the owner, Ayumi Fujishiro.

IPPIN Cafe Bar
18 Mohamed Sultan Road
Singapore 238967

Phone: +65 6733 4794
Website: (In Japanese)
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 11.00 – 23.00
Closed on Sunday


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