I would say that Japanese restaurants in nice Singapore hotels have always had the reputation of being among the best food around. I would say this has changed slightly over the years, but they still do produce great food - Chikuyotei in particular being famous for their unagi!
Context: Came here for dinner with my 2 sisters and my dad (4 pax.). I would say we didn’t really eat entirely full, but were satisfied (portion-wise) at the end of the meal.
Is it Halal?
This is a non-halal eatery, serving up pork in its premises, in addition to its wide selection of wine/alcohol. Please do use your own discretion when eating here.
Where it Is?
It is located in The Intercontinental Hotel Bugis. With regard to parking, I would just recommend parking in the Bugis Junction car park (there’s an area for hotel guests/people who want to visit Intercontinental) as it is just more convenient.
Chikuyotei is located on the ground floor right beside the reception counters.
One thing I would say is that the service at this restaurant is REALLY good. The staff are quick and responsive and are willing to help you with anything that you need!
Address: Intercontinental Hotel, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966
Daily: 12-2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm
What it Costs
The 4 of us ate about SGD375 worth of food - I would say we were at about 75% full when all was said and done (we were saving quite a bit of room for Ah Chew Desserts). We pretty much just got dishes that we could share among the 4 of us.
We started with salmon sashimi (SGD38 x 2 - we got 10 pieces, each portion is 5 pieces) and a pork salad (SGD38), before moving onto agedashi tofu (SGD12) & a single portion of ebi tempura (SGD32). We had 2 mains in their pork udon (SGD36) and 1.5 portions (you can order 0.5, 1 and 1.5) worth of their unagi don (SGD98). We didn’t have alcohol, but we did have iced ocha.
Portion-wise I would say they have nice hearty portions that are really convenient for sharing.
How it Tastes
Starting off, we had the salmon sashimi. I would say this is definitely one of the better ones - my little sister even took 4 pieces of salmon sashimi (more than her portion) unknowingly before even realising what she did, so maybe that gives you a rough idea about how good it was!
Next up, we had the pork salad. In my opinion, a little bit weird - but I guess we asked for it when we ordered a pork with salad - but I think that the dressing was also a bit meh, so this was a bit of a ‘miss’ for me.
I actually quite liked the ebi tempura and the agedashi tofu. For the tempura, it really wasn’t oily at all, and the batter is actually really nice - complimenting the ebi, which had a nice texture to it! The agedashi tofu was uber fragrant with a really nice broth that it was sitting in. Really yummy!
The pork udon was also really yummy. Really fresh tasting broth - which I absolutely LOVED. The udon noodles aren’t actually that thick version that I personally am used to, but a thinner variant which was interesting to chew on (still has the same texture as normal udon).
The last to arrive was the unagi don and I personally think this was a bit meh. The flavours are there, it’s just that it has bones which are big enough to bother you, but not small enough to be able to identify by eye/pick it out with your mouth.
I don’t know. I feel I’ve had many other unagi dons and bones have never really concerned me, so maybe its me, maybe its the unagi, but I wasn’t too big of a fan of the unagi don.
7/10. Great service, but there are some aspects of the food that fall in that ‘meh’ category for me. For the price, I feel as though I’ve found better value at other places I’ve eaten at, but this is one of those places that is consistent and use high quality ingredients.