Slow Food at Inagiku

collageInagiku is a very classy Japanese restaurant located in Raffles City. Classy in this context means “you need to sell your car to eat here”. 😉

Actually one of the best benefits of joining a food society such as Slow Food is that you get to eat at restaurants without having to sell a body part or your firstborn. And very often, you get off-menu specialties.

However, the downside is that some restaurants are ill-equipped to handle large groups of people. But hey, it’s all about the company we eat with.

Back to Inagiku. It’s a small restaurant with stark furnishings and for that event, it was over-subscribed, so more tables were put out for the guests. It was hectic.

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But in the end, everyone was happily seated and the meal began with an exquisite ensemble that had fish and a slice of corn in it.

Good Spring

Written clearly in the menu as “Good Spring”, this is a good thing because a few of us thought it was an advertisement for robust bedding. Hey, you never know, what with the product placements all over nowadays.

Good Spring Good Spring (Closeup of the Gold flake-thingy)

The Japanese are masters of making things very small, some examples include walkmans, cameras, value of the Yen and Sashimi. It was a minute dish that came with a micro tomato and some savoury jelly-encased gold (so glam!) flaky thingy that tasted of savoury jelly.

Warm Heart Warm Heart

The Chawan Mushi came and went. At this point in time, people were hungrily staring at my portion (Noooo!) because I was still slowly taking pictures of it.

The restaurant literally took Slow Food to be very… very… slow… It was a 45 minute wait between each course which took like one minute to devour.

Fortunately, there was enough wine which can be a bad thing (more on this later) and the conversation was flowing freely. There was a person next to us extoling the virtues of White Burgundy over other Burgundian wines. I would have to take his word for it.

The word “Shabu Shabu” conjures an image of many good things like many many slices of beef floating in a delicious bubbling broth contained in a huge hotpot, and here’s the dreamy part: It’s all mine. However, this imagery presented many problems especially when the description said “in Foie Gras sauce”.

Shabu Shabu Shabu Shabu

Ah… so desu. 🙁

No matter. It was delicious. What was even more delicious is when you get to the innards, you see chunks of Pate.

Shabu Shabu

No. It was not chunks of Foie Gras. Nevertheless, the combination of rare (in more ways than one) beef and Pate was a taste sensation. Screw the huge hotpot!

But not too much.

Andalusia Andalusia

And what’s a Japanese lunch without Tempura and Noodles? The next course was called “Andalusia”. Not sure why because I could not discern anything Spanish about it. Both were served at the same time because, I think, there was enough room in the bowl.

The Ikasumi udon is the Japanese equivalent of Squid ink pasta, Ikasumi here meaning “Maker of Black Teeth”.

I gave my Tempura prawn to my friend, but no udon was offered in return… 😉 It was that good! Or, we were that hungry. Anyway, I love cold Japanese noodles, coupled with a tsuyu broth and lots (for me) of Wasabi, I can slurp this everyday!

Chirashi Chirashi

Again, for those familiar with Chirashi Sushi, you’d expect a Bento box-sized scattering of Sushi over some vinegared rice. After all, “Chirashi” means scattering.

So it was with some surprise when a ball of Sashimi appeared. It was exquisitely arranged, but damnit! Where’s my big bento box of good things to eat?


The Avocado Wasabi actually tasted very good and the Red rice was flavourful and not as rough as I expected it to be.

By this time, the joke about ordering up pizzas was starting to get serious. We were hungry and the crowd who spent the time between courses guzzling the wine was getting a little scary.

Some of us were in mortal fear when one of the members went looking for the Karaoke box. There wasn’t one. That’s how classy this joint is.

Dessert Delight Grappa di Moscato Borgo Maragliano

Dessert came and went. Someone spoilt cheese cake for me, so it is always with a certain amount of disdain when it comes to cheesecake for me. However, the Grappa di Muscato was, as always, excellent.

Inagiku is an excellent restaurant where each handcrafted course is of very high quality and everything tastes exquisite. Unfortunately, for most people, the portions for that day were too small.

And so, as an epilogue:

RIMG0147 Buffalo WIngs Cheeseburger Pizza New York Pizza

The Cheeseburger Pizza was atrocious with its sweet mustard topping and the Buffalo wings lacked heat, but the New York pizza was excellent.

And the best way to round of an excellent lunch followed by another excellent lunch was this:


How’s that for product placement?

Posted on 5th Sep 2006 in Food and Drink, Japanese, Slow Food Singapore


There Are 2 Comments


keiko commented on September 7, 2006 at 12:32 am

Hi Ivan, thank you for visiting my site, you’ve made me homesick with all these Japanese food 🙂 They look beautiful and original!


Ivan commented on September 10, 2006 at 6:59 pm

@Keiko: Thanks for dropping by! Will be posting up some more reviews of Japanese food soon!

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