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Tiong Bahru is home to a tasty new kid on the block, IKYU (says “E-Q”). Means taking a break in Japanese, IKYU is giving food lovers in Singapore an addition option to chill in the densely eateries-packed Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru.

Helmed by Executive Chef Takuma Seki, former chef de cuisine at Hide Yamamoto in Marina Bay Sands and chef-owner at Seki restaurant in the Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, this 54-seater new Japanese restaurant serves up modern Japanese fare with a hint of Western influence from Chef Seki’s previous culinary stints in the US and Paris.

IKYU - new Japanese restaurant at Yong Siak Street

IKYU – new Japanese restaurant at Yong Siak Street

The restaurant’s interior and decor is stunning old-world architecture meets modern and industrial chic design. What makes this restaurant stands out is the fresh seafood and authentic ingredients used in the kitchen. They were handpicked and imported from Japan two to three times a week

The key to good Japanese food is the freshness of the seafood. The freshness and good quality of the produce is starkly evident in the dishes created by Chef Seki. However, such premium ingredients and quality usually come with high price tags. The starter starts from $8.50 to $25.50, fresh Sashimi and Nigiri from $28.50 to $68.50 and a seven-course Omakase at $128++ per person. A meal for two including drinks can easily cost over $100.

Crispy hot spicy salmon roll

Crispy hot spicy salmon roll

However, not everything is expensive at this new restaurant. IKYU also offers wallet-friendly set lunch options, that don’t compromise on quality. It’s hard these days to find a decent lunch quite as affordable as IKYU, with their range of set lunch menus, from just $25 to $35. For each set lunch, you’ll get a choice of one main dish (sushi, chirashi, grilled fish or Nabeyaki udon), appetizer, salad, soup and dessert. We tried their chirashi set that came with premium-assorted sashimi on a bed of warm sticky fragrant rice. The chirashi here is slightly different from other Japanese restaurants. Instead of slices of sashimi, Chef Seki had them cut into bite-size pieces so that you can savour the unique flavour of each sashimi. The chirashi set is definitely a must-try set at IKYU. What’s best is that IKYU’s value-for-money set lunches are available daily.

Chirashi

Chirashi

If you are still feeling hungry after your set meal, you might want to try a few of their signature items such as the truffle-flavoured grilled edamame ($8.50), the yuzu flavoured foie gras ($18.80) and IKYU’s very own jumbo shrimps tempura ($16.50). If you like Japanese rice wine, there’s also a lengthy sake menu to pair with your meal.

Grilled edamame flavoured in truffle

Grilled edamame flavoured in truffle

So if you are craving for good Japanese food or just want to try out a new dining spot, head to Ikyu in the Tiong Bahru enclave.

IKYU
5 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650
Tel: 6223 9003
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm

Author: Javan Ng
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