New malls are sprouting up everywhere! Tampines One.. Iluma.. And the recent soft opening of Orchard Central and the soon-to-come Orchard Ion! That simply means more eateries to try out!
I go to Iluma rather frequently, because of its close location to my girlfriend's place and also because I like the spacious feel of the mall. And after taking that never-ending escalator up to Level 4, you will be in a dilemma on what to eat!
This particualr japanese restaurant has 7 brands under its flag, each specialising in certain japanese dishes such as sushi, ramen and teppanyaki etc. Their ordering system is rather unique which you use an audio pan to scan barcodes on the menu, reading out loud your orders (can be irritating after some time) and therefore confirming it wirelessly.
Salmon Yukke Gunkan ($4.00)
My girlfriend is a sucker for egg yorks, especially gleaming watery ones. So when she saw this gunkan topped with raw salmon and quail egg york, there was almost no hestitation in ordering it! I don't really like raw-like yorks so I gave it a pass, and she could only described the combo as tasty and satisfying!
Pork Loin Katsu Curry Rice ($10.80)
I gotta ask, how different is pork loin from pork fillet? I heard that one had more fats than the other but I couldn't remember which is which. Anyway, the breaded coating was rather good, remaining crunchy till the last bite. However, I was a tad disappointed that the meat was lukewarm when served. Also, the pork was too lean and tough for my liking.
The japanese curry on the other hand was pretty good, sweet tasting and thick in texture. I was also surprised that they actually used beef stock for the curry when it wasn't even stated in the menu. Not very good for buddhists.
Gyoza with Spring Onion Mayonnaise ($9.00 for 10 pieces)
The base wasn't burnt enough, but still nice with a firm skin and minced pork and vegetables (cabbage I guessed?) filling. Drizzled in mayonnaises and bits of spring onions, it tasted even better when dipped in the vinegar provided.
Total bill was $28 after taxes. Hits and misses aside, I think the concept was rather good, able to try a variety of specialised restaurants under one roof. A unique dining experience, I will be back to try out its selection of okonomiyaka!