Walk into the unpretentious Ippin Cafe Bar and you will likely find a cozy hangout for the closely knitted Japanese community and lovers of Japanese culture indulging in authentic Japanese food or gathering to learn Japanese home cooking class conducted by Chef Naomi.
This casual cafe bar prides itself at serving classic Japanese home-style dishes where diners can relax and sipped on Japanese teas, chilled sakes or craft beers in a homely environment. You can also reserved the place for birthday celebrations and parties and browse though the premium Japanese snacks, condiments, teas, sake, Washi fiber clothing and kitchenware at this one-of-its-kind Japanese concept store cum cafe bar.
Taking the road less traveled, co-owner Ayumi Fujishiro left an executive job in Japan to help her father set up Ippin Cafe Bar in Singapore after suffering from a temporary hearing loss. Since coming to Singapore a few years ago, Ayumi has even picked up and understood Singlish and the local accent. All items on the menu are sold in-house, just so you can prepare and re-create the same dish at home! You only need to ask the friendly staff how to prepare the dish or attend the Ippin Cafe Bar cooking classes! All prices stated are NETT with FREE WIFI available in the cafe.
All their lunch and dinner SETS are affordably priced that even come with a delicious dessert to end off the hearty meals! 🙂
Grilled Oysters & Vegetables in Ponzu Butter Sauce Set, $20. All their oysters are cultivated in the clean ocean of Hiroshima Prefecture with more than 150 years of history, so expect a taste of oceanic freshness in their oysters. Their sets are served with rice incorporated with barley for that traditional Japanese barley rice taste. This set is served with Nikujaga pork and potato stew, Hatcho miso soup, salad and Houjicha pudding (a roasted green tea dessert).
Deep Fried Oyster Set, $24. This must be my favourite dish! It may look like croquettes but were actually juicy and plump oysters in the centre with a lightly battered crispy covering. Ippin retails the frozen breadcrumbed and seasoned oysters so that you can replicate this dish in your own home easily. This set is served with the Nikujaga pork and potato stew, Hatcho miso soup, salad and Houjicha pudding as well.
Oyakudon Set, $15. The secret of this tasty all-time favourite dish lies in the oishii dashi stock which the chicken was boiled and simmered in. This set is served with the Hatcho miso soup, salad and Houjicha pudding.
Yakisoba Set, $12. The Yakisoba comes from Chiba Prefecture and is a Japanese daily food. The noodles are chewy and smooth and the savoury sauce used is what makes this simple dish so oishii. This set is served with a Kobachi (small dish) and Houjicha pudding.
The Sencha, Genmaicha & Houjicha ($6 each) are from Shizuoka – Japan’s best tea garden. Ayumi told me that the Houjicha, which is roasted green tea, is high in catechins and low in caffeine and tannin, making it suitable for young children and pregnant ladies.
You can select 3 sakes for tasting at $15. Craft beers are sold at $9 per glass (330 ml). If you enjoyed a good sake as much as good wine, do speak to the sake sommelier for a price friendly sake recommendation.
The new Maruishi Brewery sakes are made from yuzu and strawberries from the Ehime and Aichi prefectures respectively (alcohol content: 7%). They can be drank straight, on the rocks or mixed with soda as a bubbly fun drink based on your preferences.
It took 10 years to produce the Washi fibre yarn which is now made into various clothing items (e.g., socks, shawl, t-shirt & bath mittens) with odour absorption and anti-bacterial properties, UV protection and is highly durable and cooling to wear.
These highly addictive peanut candies with flavours such as serious coffee, creamy strawberry and grassy matcha hailed from the Chiba prefecture. Like M&Ms, once you popped, you can’t stop! My favourite flavour was the creamy strawberry ones which tasted like strawberry flavoured Pocky. The Rattsu Nuts are sold at $8 per cup. The photo below shows the nuts for sample tasting and are not the actual one for sale.
Overall, I really enjoyed the hospitality of the Japanese owners and friendly staff who love interacting with their customers. This adds to the warm and homely ambience with delicious food to boot. Ippin, I will definitely be back! 🙂
IPPIN CAFE BAR
Tel: 6733 4794