Itacho Sushi opened to much fanfare and tiresome snaking queues. I'd heard good stuff about them but waited till the crazy long lines dwindled before we decided to dine here. We were curious as to how the Japanese fare here stacked up against Sushi Tei, the frontrunner in the mid-priced, mass market, casual Japanese chain restaurant market.
As it turns out, the food here is a little overhyped. I wasn't particularly impressed with their stuff and left baffled as to how some people actually queued up an hour for this. Granted, I only dined on their cooked foods, so maybe Itacho shines in the raw foods department. However, based on the random sampling of the menu, my take is that Sushi Tei easily trumps Itacho Sushi.
The Grilled Salmon ($8) seasoned with spicy miso, was saccharine and overwhelmed the natural taste of the salmon. Worse still was that it was overcooked, resulting in a somewhat dry piece of fish.
The Shrimp Tempura ($5) fared much better. Light crisp batter swathed the fresh bouncy prawns.
The Vegetable Tempura ($4.50), a medley of eggplant, peppers, yam, sweet potatoes, lady's finger and shitake, was also good. Sweet, toothsome vegetables with a crisp battered crust.
The Edamame ($2.80) should have been an easy peasy dish, but because it was unsalted, it was consequently tasteless.
#02-35 Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
Tel: 6337 8922
Open Sundays to Tursdays from 11am to 10pm;
Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 11pm