Irresistible Ishinomaki!

ISH1 We love Japanese food and checking out new (affordable) Japanese restaurants. The boys are easily satisfied with any sort of cooked sushi – tamago and california hand roll are some of their faves – and the hubs and I can savour our sashimi in peace. So we were excited to check out recently opened Ishinomaki Grill & Sake at Palais Rennaisance two weeks ago, and left the quaint eatery full and very satisfied indeed. As always, good things must share… Ishinomaki Grill & Sake is opened by the same peeps who brought you The French Table, and the same warmth and friendly welcome characterize its customer service. Children are very welcome here in Ishinomaki, with high chairs available for your baby or toddler to join you at the table.

Come here to enjoy authentic Izakaya and robatayaki dishes paired with sake or shochu, together with family or friends. The menu includes most of the generic options (Tendon, Yakitori Omakase, Chirashi Don) one would expect to find in any Japanese restaurant, but also brings in some very special catches, such as the Ishigaki Dai (Spotted Knifejaw), and wild Tokishirazu.

While the space is not large, seating is adequately spaced out so that you can move around easily. Some rope-wound upturned barrels do duty as a bag depository, which I thought was a creative and thoughtful touch! The decor is very woody, simple and rustic, drawing inspiration, perhaps, from the fisherman villages where the fish are caught.

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Talking about fish, the sashimi here is very fresh and portions are quite big for the price. I had a Chirashi set ($23), because I was hankering after some sashimi, and it was topped with generous slices of lovely sashimi. So good, and I enjoyed it ALL by myself, haha. Just. Look. At. The. Picture. Below.

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Grand Master Chef Chi very kindly prepared a plate of tamago for the boys, on the house, and it was gone in minutes! Our dear Daryl scarfed down 5 pieces, and his kor kor quickly swallowed up the rest, and… Daddy and Mummy didn’t even get to try a bite! They also shared Satsumage (fish cake, $10) and Tsukune (skewered meat balls, $3), and polished up both plates.

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As for my hubby, he ordered his favourite Gindara Cod ($25), and was definitely not disappointed! According to him, the fish was also super fresh and melt-in-the-mouth!

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We ended the meal with dessert, even though we were pretty much bursting-full. The cheesecake (served with ice cream, $9) was light and refreshing, and David finished most of it.

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The hubby and I aren’t great fans of sake (give us beer any day, but no wine please), but if you are, Ishinomaki has an impressive range of bottles on display, and I’m sure you would find something you like! The staff would also be happy to recommend you a pairing of drink to your meal, I’m sure. 🙂

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Ishinomaki Grill & Sake

390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance #B1-02/02A/03 Singapore 238871

Tel: +65 6737 1065

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm

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