Hello! Finally an update about our food
adventures – there will be more coming including Seoul and Harbin.
A little background info about Ippudo, it
has branches in Japan, the States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei and now
SYDNEY! After waiting for MONTHS, we finally get to try the reputable Ippudo
which everyone has been raving on about.
Perhaps because we went on a Sunday, we
were lucky enough to get a seat without queuing. Walking into Ippudo, we are
already loving the comfortable and spacious décor of this restaurant!
Needless to say, this bar is what I dream
to have in my future home! :)
Gotta love attentive waiters – we had 3
waiters asking if we were ready to order, but because of the vast variety of
food and there were only the 3 of us, we had to think carefully about what to
order so we won’t miss out on the good stuff.
Portobello mushroom and tofu Sukiyaki $10
As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to
order it just because it is a mushroom dish! The Portobello was a bit hard for
my liking but the tofu and the sukiyaki broth was delicious.
Chicken cartilage and pork tsukune $10
We didn’t envisioned the dish to look like
this, that’s why when the waiter arrived with this dish, we were a bit confused
and thought they gave us the wrong thing! The cartilage gave the tsukune an
interesting crunch, however it was a bit bland by itself. Candice was a bit
reluctant to try it with the sauce which the waiter described as spicy, but in
fact, it was quite tasty (not spicy at all) and went well with the tsukune.
Deep Fried Camembert $8
We actually didn’t order this at first
because I didn’t see it on the menu, but apparently Candice suggested it to me
but I guess I was in selective hearing mode (sorry!). I am so glad that I saw
it because THIS is the highlight of our visit to Ippudo. When you take a bite
of this lightly battered piece of heaven, the camembert oozes out. It doesn’t
help that Camembert is one of our favourite cheeses. This dish was so amazingly
mouth-watering that we HAD to ordered for a second one.
I was told that the branch in Hong Kong
doesn’t have this dish! I wonder if Ippudo Australia has created this dish to
suit the cheese lovers (like us) here.. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CREATING THIS
Salmon with seasonal vegetables $15
As we finished our entrees, they changed
our dishes. We were quite surprised by this because I can’t remember a time
when we are given clean dishes unless we are in a fining dining restaurant.
Gotta love Japanese and their politeness :)
The salmon was succulent, but there wasn’t
anything particularly special about this dish.
Wagyu with bean sprouts $18
The wagyu were cooked perfectly and bean
sprouts absorbed all the delicious juices.
Shiromaru Motoaji $15
The famous noodles were served the last,
and it was certainly worth waiting for! Their soup base was more-ish and the
noodles were thin so it wasn’t too filling, which was good for us considering
we did try their other food as well. We shared a bowl among the 3 of us and it
was just enough.
Black Sesame Panna Cotta $7
Although we had our heart fixed on frozen
yoghurt after Ippudo, we couldn’t help but try one of their desserts! However,
we were quite disappointed as the panna cotta did not really have that rich
black sesame taste to it and I would prefer it if they had put less gelatin.
Hakata (Gin, Sake and grapefruit juice)$12 and
Lychee Mojito $16
Ippudo has a wide range of cocktails to
choose from, we had a hard time choosing what we wanted.
Since I was craving for grapefruit juice, I
chose Hakata. Sipping on the Hakata, I thought “this just taste like fresh
grapefruit mmm nice.. but where’s the alcohol?” Then after sipping half the
cocktail, the alcohol kicked in! I like it when the juice disguises the alcohol
in cocktails. And Candice being a lychee lover chose the Lychee Mojito, it was
nice but the alcohol gave her a minor hangover the next day.
Overall, I would come back to Ippudo
without a doubt – especially for their fried camembert! The service was
terrific and the price was not too expensive for their quality.
So.. Has anyone tried delicious fried
cheese anywhere else?