Friday, September 28, 2007

Inagiku



Inagiku or 稲ぎくis purportedly one of Singapore's finest and also Raffles International's sole flagship Japanese restaurant. Known for its exquisite Japanese food that can even placate the most discerning of tastebuds in a classy environment no less, Inagiku is unfortunately known for its extremely steep prices to boot as well.



Centrally located in the heart of town, on the third floor of Raffles City Shopping Centre, Inagiku is settled in the far obscure corners of the mall, providing a tranquil respite from the mad crowds that throng the area, especially during meal times. A simple yet hush hush interior greets you as you make your way through the seemingly small entrance and into the confined carpeted area filled with expensive wooden furniture. Personal conversations here can be quite impersonal, given that the tables aren't exactly very far apart from each other.



Menu



Katsu Hotate

The Hotate (Japanese for scallops) really redefined the boundaries of size in my tiny world of scallop consumption. It was huge and I mean big as a saucer kind of huge. Okay I exaggerate but I've honestly never seen a scallop of such a size. Superbly fresh without the rawness of fresh seafood and sweet with a pleasantly smooth texture, the Hotate was nothing short of excellent, which explains the price tag of $26 for 2 pieces of it. Oh and then we have the rice which was not too sticky and wet yet lightly sour with a little bite.



Tamago

This is actually a very common dish and is present in most, if not all of the Japanese eateries/chains in Singapore. What this means is that most of the time we are subjected to a varying standard depending on the place we choose to eat. I personally sweared off Tamago for a while due to the multitude of bad experiences I had from various places. Inagiku's rendition renewed my faith in this dish. Aesthetics wise, it was already a winner with rice stuffed neatly into a slit in the egg and topped with huge fish roes that reminded me of little colourful pearls. The egg itself wasn't too sweet and the roe added a dimension of taste to the dish. A simple dish at its finesse.



Tempura Moriawase

I'm sorry but my picture really doesn't do justice to the Tempura Moriawase, but then again, it didn't look the bit impressive when it was served, all jumbled up and scattered around the platter. Please do not be misled by its disheveled appearance though as Inagiku is very well known for its Tempura and rightly so. The batter was light as air and seemed to melt upon contact with my tongue. Amongst all, the Ebi Tempura stood out with its fresh and succulent meat beneath the excellent batter.



Kurobuta Tonkatsu

With the repertoire of stellar dishes being served up, I had expected the Kurobuta Tonkatsu to be nothing short of excellent. But it was not to be. I was sorely disappointed with what tasted like a piece of meat being cooked in second hand oil. Sure, being Kurobuta pork, the meat was tender but the oil taste from the batter was rather overwhelming.



Lobster with Inagiku Original Golden Sauce

I personally consider the Lobster with Inagiku Original Golden Sauce the epitome of my dining experience, or the Pièce de résistance if you wish, at Inagiku. As with the Tempura Moriawase, my photos certainly do not do it justice (time to get a new cam). The lobster was quite a size, weighing in at more than three quarters of a kg (for the price, it better be!). Ocean fresh and sweet with the flesh nicely grilled till slightly burnt and complemented by the excellent Inagiku golden sauce, which tasted very rich in flavour and a little creamy. Add the fact that the lobster was topped with molds of roe and you have a must have try dish. Watch the price though.



Bill

Honestly, would you pay close to $400(without discount) for such a meal? You can clobber me and I'll still say no. However, I can take scant comfort in the fact that it cost me $192 after a 50% discount, a price which is definitely more affordable but not something I'll be willing to pay unless I strike it rich of course.



Likes: Excellent food in general, good service
Dislikes: Very pricey, selection is rather limited

Final Verdict:
Ambience:7.5/10
Service:7.5/10
Food:8.5/10
Value for money:5.5/10

Overall:7.25/10

Address: Level 3, Raffles The Plaza

Contact: 64315305. For reservations, call 64316156

Opening Hours: Daily 12pm - 230pm (Lunch), 630pm - 1030pm (Dinner)


6 comments:

Willy said...

how come i kept seeing you getting 50% discounts here there

credit card or some club membership?

fatpig said...

Hi Willy, most of the 50% discounts come from dining cards which I purchased from a few hotels :)

hyacinthus said...

A few years ago when I still have the Feed@Raffles card, I was given a S$100 voucher to dine at this place. My brother and I were shocked to see the prices. So we ordered tempura moriawase and fried rice to share; top up with less than S$10 and left!

We never step in again. could it be they hired native Japanese as waitress? hmmm

fatpig said...

Yea they charge exorbitant prices. But I really like their lobster lol.

Lloyd said...

hey dude, does ingaiku serves fugu aka pufferfish? anyway i'm looking for a place for one. any recommendations? hahax.

fatpig said...

Hi Lloyd, sorry I have no idea if Inagiku serves fugu.