Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ikura Sushi Restaurant

"A good relaxing Japanese restaurant to dine in"

If you are a Japanese food lover in Brunei, and you wanted a nice beautiful restaurant to dine in (Not Noisy), then you should visit Ikura Sushi restaurant. Newly open this year (2013), Ikura Sushi Restaurant offers a great dine in feel, good service and good taste Japanese food with reasonable price. After dining in there for several times in a month, here is our reviews & recommendation.

1.) Restaurant Atmosphere
There is this nice comfortable feel to Ikura Sushi Restaurant when you dine in, maybe it’s because of the beautiful interior design. It’s a good place for hanging out with friends, dinner with family or time with your love one. Good place to have a conversation as it is not a noisy environment.

Long table good for big group of people
Private Room 1

Private Room 2

Private Room 3, good for meetings.

2.) Recommended dishes by us
Ikura Sushi Restaurant offers a variety of Japanese cuisine in their menu, some dishes are different from other Japanese restaurant in Brunei, and it’s worth to try. We are not judging the food taste here, as different people have different preference when it comes to food taste. When we dine in Ikura Sushi Restaurant we didn't really go for the typical Japanese cuisine dishes. Instead we try on something different, and this is our recommended dishes. 

One of the best "Chawan Mushi" in town.

Chicken Koroke, the Salmon Koroke is good too.

One of the best :"Ebi Gyoza" in town. The Gyoza skin is very nice to eat.

Kani Cheese Maki

Unagi Cheese Maki

Can't remember what this dish is called, but it's very nice.

For you cheese lover, Cheesy Oyster.

Agedashi Tofu

Cold Tofu

Something we did for fun, grilling the Teriyaki Chicken, turns out to be nice.

I guess at this point you must be wondering what about the taste of other dishes, or you didn't see your favourite Japanese dishes here, Well.... dine in Ikura Sushi Restaurant to find out yourself. But wait, there is more dishes we want to recommend you below.

Kinoko Itami Teppan

Chicken Katsu Omulet Rice

Chicken Teriyaki Omulet Rice

Salmon Don

Unagi Don
This is what we had tried so far, and it's all good :-) Will be visiting Ikura Sushi Restaurant again to try their other Japanese dishes.

3.) Ice-Cream Dessert
One of the reasons we like to dine in Ikura Sushi Restaurant is because of their unique home-made Ice-cream dessert. Trust us, the taste is so good you will go back to have it again. All the Ice-cream are freshly home-made by the lady boss herself, and sometimes certain flavours are sold out in a day.

For Durian Lover

Delicious Mango Ice-Cream

Tasty Strawberry Ice-Cream
Of course, the Matcha Ice-Cream (No photo shown here) are very nice too, very different from most Japanese restaurant in Brunei, you should try that too.

4.) Location
So you want to know where is Ikura Sushi Restaurant? Here is the restaurant information.

Address: Unit 36 & 37, Block C, 1st floor, Gadong Central Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

Phone No: 242 2020 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IkuraSushiRestaruant

Opening Time:
Monday-Thursday, Saturday 
10.30 a.m to 2.00 p.m, 5.00 p.m to 10.30 p.m
10.30 a.m to 12.00 p.m, 5.00 p.m to 10.30 p.m

"Look for the Ikura Sushi Restaurant Cute logo"

Well..... dine in there and you may receive your own VIP card (as shown below) to enjoy discount every time you dine in there. So if you have not dine in there, give it a try. It is a good relaxing Japanese Restaurant to dine in :-)

"Out of Topic"
This is their Tea pot & Tea cup

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hachiko Statue

Located at Shibuya, Tokyo, the statue of Hachiko won't be hard to find. It's located just in front of Shibuya train station and near to the famous Shibuya crossing.

The story is back in 1924, a Professor of  The University of Tokyo, Hidesaburo Ueno,  adopted an abandoned dog, which he named Hachiko. The dog was a Akita breed. Hachiko used to greet the Professor  everyday whenever he come back from work at the same time at the Shibuya Railway Station. Hachiko and the Professor followed this routine everytime until May 1925, when the Professor died and never returned home. But Hachiko waited there for the Professor to return home for the next 10 years (some say 9 years)  :-(

Other commuters and shops owners nearby who had seen the bond of the dog with the Professor felt sorry for it and started feeding it at the station. Hachiko finally died on March 8, 1935. His remains have been preserved at the National Science Museum of Japan, Tokyo. 

Today the Japanese people would refer to Hachiko to inspire their children. And in honour of Hachiko, his statue was made at where he waited for the Professor to return home. 

Images below from Wikipedia:

Friday, 10 May 2013

Tokyo, The Big Orange

You that New York city is called "The Big Apple", but did you know Tokyo city is called "The Big Orange"? 
From an unverified source: Tokyo city is called "The Big Orange" or also called "The Big Mikan" because of the web like pattern streets (like the one you can find covering the orange pulps), sometimes with no name or numbers. Sometimes a single route will eventually becomes two route out of nowhere. When people ask for direction on the streets, the answer you will get are usually the name of  shops or places close to the direction. So do you know why Tokyo City is called "The Big Orange"? Please share with us at our facebook page :-)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Japan Festival 2013 in Brunei

Another exhibition for you to visit if you are in Brunei Darussalam. Again, Even if you are not any of those three mentioned, this exhibition is worth your time to visit and learn something about Japan. The details of the exhibition can be found in the poster.

Friday, 8 February 2013

The Spirit of Budo at The Brunei Museum, 2013

If you are in Brunei Darussalam, and you are a Japan History, Culture or Martial Arts lover. This is something for you to go and visit. Even if you are not any of those three mentioned, this exhibition is worth your time to visit and learn something about Japan. The details of the exhibition can be found in the poster.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Japanese Soba Noodles

Soba noodles (buckwheat noodles) are available everywhere in Japan. It is eaten either steeped in a hot broth with various ingredients or cold with a soy-based dipping sauce. Soba noodles are very popular and inexpensive in Japan, especially during summer season. 

Unlike pasta or other type of noodles around the world, most Japanese noodles, including soba, are rinsed in cold running water. This not only cools them down but gets rid of excess starch, which adversely affects the flavor of the noodles. 

The most popular Soba noodles is serve cold. You eat Soba noodles by dipping into a properly made sauce or Soba Tsuyu, with plenty of spicy condiments or Yakumi. The Tsuyu is made of a strong mixture of Dashi, sweetened soy sauce (also called "Satōjōyu") and MirinWasabi and Spring onions, and sometime raw Quail egg are often mixed into the Tsuyu

It is typically eaten with chopsticks, you picks up a small amount of Soba noodles from the tray and swirls it in the cold Tsuyu before eating it. and in Japan, it is considered acceptable to slurp the noodles noisily. This is especially common with hot noodles, as drawing up the noodles quickly into the mouth helps cool them. 

On New Year's Eve there is a custom to eat "Toshikoshi-soba” (Year-crossing noodles). Because soba is fine and long, people eat them to wish for a long life. Another interesting fact about Soba is it also means "Next to". There is a Japanese custom called "Hikkoshi-soba” (Moving-in noodles). People, who have just moved into a new neighbourhood, give their new neighbours Soba noodles while introducing themselves.

Soba Noodles differ in different part of Japan and shops. There are different types of Soba noodles and it is serve with different kind of ingredients. You have to try it out yourself to know which Soba noodles you would prefer to eat. Next time you are in Japan or any Japanese restaurants, give it a try, but if you are already a Soba noodles lover, then Enjoy :-)