IPPIN Cafe Bar @ 18 Mohamed Sultan Road

Disclaimer: This was part of a food tasting event.

"Better than mom's home cooked food."

“Better than mom’s home cooked food.”

Just last week I was invited to a food tasting over at IPPIN Cafe Bar, touted to be Singapore’s first home concept for a Japanese cafe bar. The cafe is helmed by Ayumi Fujishiro, who helped her father set up IPPIN. The place specializes in Japanese cuisine, with a focus of a home concept & good ol’ home cooking.

Interior of the cafe.

Interior of the cafe.

Another view of the interior.

Another view of the interior.

Products imported directly from Japan are available for purchase!

Products imported directly from Japan are available for purchase!

Aesthetic
IPPIN is located in the corner of the row of shophouses along Mohamed Sultan Road. One iconic element to the interior design is how homely the environment is, making you feel comfortable & at home. The decor is quite modern & simplistic, with a row of shelves filled with Japanese products for your perusal. You can even buy them!

A menu card for one of their dishes. You can have a look at their entire menu here.

A menu card for one of their dishes. You can have a look at their entire menu here.

Suwa Shoten Rattsu Nuts These delicious crunchy nuts are available in 3 flavours - Coffee, Creamy Strawberry & Grassy Matcha. Definitely a great snack.

Suwa Shoten Rattsu Nuts
These delicious crunchy nuts are available in 3 flavours – Coffee, Creamy Strawberry & Grassy Matcha. Definitely a great snack.

Food
IPPIN Cafe Bar offers delicious home cooked Japanese cuisine. Here, you can find dishes such as Oyakodon, Yakisoba & even fried oysters! The ingredients used are mostly imported directly from Japan, giving you a very authentic taste of the cuisine. IPPIN also offers a wide variety of sakes, shouchus & even teas.

Price
IPPIN boasts affordable prices for premium Japanese food & products. I do concur to a certain extent, with most their dishes on their set menu hovering around the 15 dollar mark, which is a steal for authentic Japanese cuisine. Of course, some premium dishes are still quite pricey, such as the Fried Oyster set & the Beef Steak set. All prices are NETT though!

Pork & Potato Stew ($5) Unfortunately, I didn't get to try this as I spent half the time busy with my food photography. Whoops. Looked good though.

Pork & Potato Stew ($5)
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try this as I spent half the time busy with my food photography. Bugger. Looked good though.

Oyakodon Set ($15) No Japanese cuisine can go without a don. This chicken & egg don makes use of dashi, a stock used with the chicken to enhance its flavour. Not only did it taste great, I was impressed by the quantity of chicken in the dish.

Oyakodon Set ($15)
No Japanese cuisine can go without a don. This chicken & egg don makes use of dashi, a stock used with the chicken to enhance its flavour. Not only did it taste great, I was impressed by the quantity of chicken in the dish.

Yakisoba Set ($12) Considered to be a staple in Japanese culture, the secret to the Yakisoba here is their savoury sauce. While the dish may look quite simple, it was pretty delicious with a mixture of sliced carrots, cabbage & pork slices all sautéed together.

Yakisoba Set ($12)
Considered to be a staple in Japanese culture, the secret to the Yakisoba here is their savoury sauce. While the dish may look quite simple, it was pretty delicious with a mixture of sliced carrots, cabbage & pork slices all sautéed together.

Wasabi Salt Beef Steak Set ($25) It was pretty ingenious to combine Japanese cuisine with a hint of Western influence. The ribeye steak was simply divine & deliciously tender. The set is paired with a salad, rice & a side of fries.

Wasabi Salt Beef Steak Set ($25)
It was pretty ingenious to combine Japanese cuisine with a hint of Western influence. The ribeye steak was simply divine & deliciously tender. The set is paired with a salad, rice & a side of fries.

Deep Fried Oyster Set ($24) This was what I was really looking forward to try at IPPIN! Fried Oysters! The oysters are from the Hiroshima Prefecture & are raised in a clean environment, giving the oysters a pure flavour. The oysters are perfectly fried & lightly battered, making it crisp on the outside. I could definitely eat 10 of these. Highly recommended!

Deep Fried Oyster Set ($24)
This was what I was really looking forward to try at IPPIN! Fried Oysters!
The oysters are from the Hiroshima Prefecture & are raised in a clean environment, giving the oysters a pure flavour. The oysters are perfectly fried & lightly battered, making it crisp on the outside. I could definitely eat 10 of these. Highly recommended!

Suwa Shoten Rattsu Nuts Hojicha Pudding The entire meal was nicely ended off with a quaint selection of Suwa Shoten Rattsu Nuts & Hojicha Pudding.

Suwa Shoten Rattsu Nuts
Hojicha Pudding
The entire meal was nicely ended off with a quaint selection of Suwa Shoten Rattsu Nuts & Hojicha Pudding.

A "Everything Japanese" concept.

A “Everything Japanese” concept.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
The whole concept of IPPIN Cafe Bar was really nice & quite refreshing. The key to the place is to make you feel at home, something that they have definitely accomplished. Not only do they offer Japanese cuisine at an affordable price, but the food was quite superb & felt unpretentious. You would absolutely not want to give IPPIN Cafe Bar a miss!

A huge thanks to IPPIN Cafe Bar & Hazel for the invitation and the food tasting event. And for sending each of us home with a complimentary pack of green tea!

RATING

Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7.5/10
Price
7.5/10
Service
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IPPIN CAFE BAR

18 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-01 Singapore 238967
(Nearest train station: Clarke Quay or Dhoby Ghaut)
Contact: 6733 4794
Email: ippin.cafebar@gmail.com
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
http://www.ippin-jpc.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ippincafebarms18

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