Itacho Sushi at ION Orchard

August 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Miss G: Food | 16 Comments
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New fashion brands, new eateries… all under the roof of the spanking new ION Orchard shopping mall. And at the corner of Basement 2 is a unfamiliar sushi restaurant named Itacho Sushi.

The outlet at ION Orchard marks the Hong Kong restaurant’s first venture into overseas market. Started in 2005 by a guy called Ricky Cheng, Itacho Sushi is a relatively established name in Hong Kong. Apparently, the fish are air-flown from Tsukiji market in Tokyo!

To enjoy the Itacho sushi, you will have to overcome two hurdles – the long queue/wait for a table (which is pretty much the same at every eateries in ION) and the difficulty of placing an order. The order forms came in different colours for different menu items and filling up the forms was like doing homework.

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Top from right: Lobster and Mango Salad Roll, Wagyu beef roll and tuna roll, Roasted Fatty Tuna sushi and Salmon roll

Middle: Scallop with shallots sushi

Bottom from right:  Mini rice (Unagi with Egg, Salmon and Salmon roe), Scallop with cod liver sushi and Roasted scallop sushi, Beancurd skin and tuna sushi (only $0.80)

Order is by per piece and prices vary every piece, ranging from $0.80 to $7.00. It was a curious case of carbohydrates overdose because Miss Glitzy and friends only ordered sushi. The sushi rice was soft and not very tightly kneaded, complementing the ingredients well.

Miss Glitzy’s personal favourite was the Wagyu Beef roll, where the wagyu beef bits was torched, releasing light fragrance and tasted slightly crispy, before melting into the mouth together with the sushi rice. The Mini Rice was a cute item, with a scoop of rice which looked like ice-cream and some ingredients on top. The Lobster and Mango Salad roll, on the other hand, was a bit of the let-down. The mango was sweet and delicious, but Miss Glitzy couldn’t really taste the lobster salad.

Overall, there were a couple of hits and misses. Itacho Sushi is definitely not for the budget-conscious but it will be remembered as the place that serves premium sushi for the masses.

Itacho Sushi
ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
#B2-18 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801

Tel: 6509 8911

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  3. Curious – you mention it’s not for the ‘budget-conscious’ but their prices seem quite low (80 cents for a piece of tuna!). How would they compare to say… Sakae?

    And what did you think about the quality of their fish? Thick slices? Skinny?

    I want to go try it but the queue and crowds at Ion are daunting.

    • No, not cheap because the price was per piece. $0.80 sushi was a rarity – that beancurd skin/tuna one was cheap but tuna was mashed tuna, not an entire piece. So if you were to order a premium sushi, say 2 pieces of roasted scallop sushi, it would cost $6!

      The fish tasted fresh and were usually of acceptable thickness. I love their roasted series best. The top part of the fish is slightly cooked before it starts to melt into your mouth.

      Maybe you can go there during lunch time on weekdays.

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  5. very yum, where is this at?

  6. WAIT ITS IN HONG KONG??? thats soo cheap i will have to check it out

    • Hey Ironicmuch, it’s in Singapore. Will place the address up in this post. 🙂

  7. Hey Ms Glitzy!

    Intending to check out Itacho Sushi some time soon. What else would be good there and about how much did you spend per person?

    Wanting to see if its as good as the sushi buffet I had from Sushi Kikuzawa at International Building. The sushi rice there was warm and a real complement to the topping. This was my review : http://j2k3blogs.com/?p=975

    What do you think?

    • We spent more than $30 per pax. I think the roasted scallop and fatty tuna are good. Wagyu beef roll is not bad too. But it’s a place catered for the masses, while I have not tried Sushi Kikuzawa before, based on your review, I doubt it will match the standard. 🙂

      • Who knows? I might just be surprised at the sushi! Haha. Wagyu beef roll sounds good.

  8. If you guys really want to taste the best out of Itacho Sushi, try going on either Tuesday or Friday as that is when the fresh stock flies in. Also, from what Ms Glitzy said, your spending varies from what you order. There have been many customers who have eaten only $30 for a couple and ordered a lot. All comes down to what you ordered. Also right now there’s a promotion going on for two items, the salmon sushi and a new roasted tuna with soy saud sushi at half price. $0.50 and $1.50 respectively. Want to know more about what’s good and what’s new just send me an email freakazoid9024@hotmail.com 🙂

  9. looks yummy but do they do this kind of oyogu hone sushi?
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/sushi-chef-cutting-live-fish-oyogu-hone-video/

    • erm… i don’t know but i don’t think so.

  10. Have you tried Itamae sushi from HK? Its somewhat similar but I find it much nicer than Itacho sushi! I had to queue up to 40mins for dinner at Itamae sushi restaurant when I went to HK 🙂

    • No! I have not tried Itamae before. Will make it a point to try it next time I visit HK!


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