I was invited to Imakatsu Singapore to review their dishes. Despite me being a vegetarian, I still do enjoy the veggie-friendly dishes offered at the restaurant itself. Since the star dishes are mainly meat-based, I had asked along two friends who adore Japanese food to help me try out the meat-based dishes on my behalf. They are pretty much like my second.. erm… tongue? mouth?
While waiting for my friends to arrive, we had some sake. There were 3 types of premium sake that varies in terms of the alcoholic content. Without a doubt, I went for the one with the lowest alcohol content – Yama Yuzu Shibori, a concoction of Yuzu juice and sake. It tasted pretty damn awesome – better than wine, better than beer. It’s sweet and fruity.
I wish they serve this in those cocktail bars too. It’s like a naturally made and fresh sake mixed with yuzu juice. Even my friend, Vanessa, who doesn’t usually drink alcohol, said it was very refreshing and good.
To start off, we had some appetizer while waiting for my other dear friend to arrive. The shredded cabbage is usually drizzled with sesame salad dressing to be eaten as a side dish or it is served together with the breaded deep fried meat cutlet.
The finely shredded cabbage was fresh and it tasted quite good with the aromatic sesame dressing.
A word of caution: The sesame dressing can be quite addictive.
Although there isn’t much variety of vegetables served with the shredded cabbage, I am quite happy munching the crunchy cabbage with the yummy sesame dressing.
It’s a mixed of fried broccoli, pumpkin, asparagus and lady fingers. It can be a burden on your heart and arteries but delightful for your eyes and tastebuds. They are fried in canola oil which makes it taste less oily and they are crunchy at the same time.
While I have my share of vegetables, my meat-eater friends get to enjoy the real stuff – or the real deal.
Oysters for the seafood lovers.
Imakatsu Premium pork loin cutlet zen
Vanessa said the pork was very juicy and tender but it is a tad slight oily for her taste.
This side dish is yummy too and it goes very well with the premium Japanese rice.
Don’t forget to end your victorious meal on a sweet note to remind yourself that winning sometimes is not important. It’s more important that you enjoy what you are doing and live for the moment.
We ordered their flavour-of-the-day sorbet, vanilla ice and green tea matcha ice cream. My favourite out of the 3 flavours would have to be the green tea matcha ice cream!
Overall, the whole dining experience was truly quite authentic – from the finest ingredients they’ve used to the ambience of the restaurant.
Now, I really have the urge to visit Japan someday to experience the real Japanese dining experience.