Dinner @ Izy Dining & Bar

July 14, 2016 in Japanese by thywhaleliciousfay

My friends and I meant to have dinner at another restaurant. But because reservation for that restaurant now had to be made 2 months in advance, we decided to try our luck by walking in. But when we arrived at 8.30pm, we were informed that walk-in only commences after 10.30pm. Whattttt!

So I ran though my list of to-try-restaurants and suggested Izy, which was a 18 to 20 minutes walk from where we were. And the change in plan worked out well cause I realised it has been a while since I last had Japanese cuisine too. =)

And being paranoid, I quickly made reservation at Izy via online as I didn’t want to take the risk of being turned away at the door. And yes, I used Chope. But at 8.40pm, the earliest time slot was 9.30pm. I went ahead to book for 9.30pm cause I figured my friends and I would need at least 20 minutes to stroll over to Izy. And it’s always better to reach the restaurant before the time of reservation, as opposed to after. =)

And if one walks from Outram Park MRT station, one can easily walk past Tong Heng. We did, and we stopped to buy some old-school egg tarts. Haha. =p

Upon arriving at Izy at 9.10pm, we immediately noticed the (only) two high tables were occupied. So as the staff guided us in, I thought he was bringing us to the counter seats. But no, he led us further in and opened a concealed door which brought us to their bar. Wow.

The bar was dimly lit, which was a total opposite to the bright restaurant. So yes, while my first thought upon entering the bar was “Wow”, my second though was “Oh no, bad lighting for taking pictures.” Haha.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), we ordered:-


  

1) White sesame tofu, $22 (above) – White sesame tofu in dashi stock with jansai, wasabi and topped with uni.

2) Tempura vegetables, $18 (above) – Tempura vegetables served with foam of soy. This was pretty good. The batter was light and crispy. And what really intrigued us was the dipping sauce. Moat dipping sauce would be in the form of liquid, but what was served at Izy was foamed soy! Yes, foam. Brilliant idea, I say. I guess serving the dipping sauce as foam prevented the batter from being soggy, which may happen after coming into contact with liquid.

3) Izy’s famous crispy chicken, $12 (2 pcs) (above) – Izy’s special crispy chicken served with balsamic, mayonnaise and soy caramel sauce. When we were placing our order, the staff told us the serving portion was 2 pieces and asked if we wanted to make it to 3 pieces instead. And I am so glad we did cause the chicken was so good! The batter was light and crispy with the meat within being juicy. And there’s something unique about the sauce used to coat the chicken. It’s sweet yet sour? I liked it, although one of my friends preferred it without the sourness. A must order.

4) Foie gras, $36 (above) – Foie gras marinated with saikyo miso served with mango passion. This was average.

5) Pork skewer, $16 (2 pcs) (above) – Jasper grilled pork skewers with black miso. Again, we made the right decision to increase from 2 (the normal serving portion) to 3 sticks. This was so good! My friends couldn’t stop raving about how crispy yet juicy the pork belly were. There was a good balance between meat and fat. A must try.


6) Grilled swordfish, $30 (above) – Grilled swordfish steak with parmesan and seaweed sauce. Really good. Swordfish was grilled to perfection. Meat was succulent, and was complemented well with the sauce.

7) Uni pasta, $20 (+ $10, with fresh Hokkaido uni topping) (above) – Izy’s homemade uni sauce pasta. We didn’t think this combination work. The dish was pretty tasteless.


8) Seafood porridge, $26 (above) – Seasonal seafood porridge with homemade lobster bisque. My friends felt the porridge was average. However, I thought it was not too bad. The broth used to cook the rice in was rich, albeit salty.


9) Dessert of the day, $12 (above) – Black sesame pudding topped with black sesame ice cream. One of my friend and I love our black sesame ice cream. So when we were told the dessert of the day was black sesame pudding, we asked if we could have a scoop of black sesame ice cream too. So I am not sure if ice cream was part of the original dessert, but we ended up with an overload of black sesame. Haha.


10) Strawberry chilli sorbet, $12 (above) – Izy’s homemade strawberry and chili sorbet. This was definitely interesting. One could taste the sweetness from the strawberry and from what seemed to be condensed milk before the slight spiciness of the chilli kicked in. And I won’t really say it’s a sorbet though. Its texture was that of an ice cream. And I liked that almond flakes were added too. A must try.

Will I recommend Izy? For sure! It’s not often these 2 friends of mine rave about food. They were raving non-stop through out our dinner. Except for the mains, that is. Haha. So yes, one can be assured of the food. Although I kept asking them if it was because they were hungry. Haha.

And if one is a drinker, have a go at Izy’s interesting alcoholic drink concoction too.

IZY DINING & BAR
27 Club Street, Singapore
9678 0027, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sat : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 17:00 – 01:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
Service: 7
* Closed on Sun