If you’re feeling flushed and flustered in Singapore’s hip Tiong Bahru district, take a break in a Japanese restaurant whose name means just that. Ikyu means take a break in Japanese, and while this restaurant, with its stylish, muted interior is the perfect haven, we’re sure the name refers more to founding chef Seki and IKYU’s iconoclastic attitude towards traditional – or rather conventional – Japanese cuisine. For while the Zen-like art of Japanese cuisine is fully embraced at IKYU, what comes out of the kitchen at IKYU’s Yong Siak Street headquarters is like nothing you’ve seen, smelt, touched or tasted. Or heard… read on.
Check out IKYU’s set lunch menu
Listen up! IKYU’s founder and head chef Takuma Seki likes to sing in his kitchen. Good, this befits his stated mission to always make his customers happy by serving them only the finest food. Here at IKYU, tucked away along Yong Siak Street in Singapore’s on-trend Tiong Bahru district, this means sourcing the finest sakes and premium Koshihikari rice from Uonuma in chef Seki’s very own Niigata prefecture. It means serving Miyazaki Champion wagyu beef. It means flying the freshest seafood, vegetables and fruit direct from Tsukiji, the most prominent fish market in Japan, three times a week.
Events at IKYU
Click here for info about IKYU’s 3rd Anniversary charity campaign
In support of the Children’s Society & the Make A Wish Foundation
Click here for more information about IKYU’s Culinary Collaboration event
Chef Travis (from Australia) & chef Seki go head-to-head on the 21st & 22nd October 2015
This all adds up to Japanese cuisine that is artisanal and highly contemporary at the same time, cuisine that makes us understand how our idiosyncratic chef Seki earned his stripes as chef de cuisine at Singapore’s famous Hide Yamamoto. Taking a seat at IKYU’s sake or sushi bars or at a dining table, you’d have to be crazy to have missed the interior design at work in Yong Siak Street and Tiong Bahru’s latest culinary fixture. Conjured up by rising interior design star JQ the Magician with the express intentions of IKYU’s conceptual father in mind, he has created a perfect setting for the unconventional Japanese dining experience that IKYU has gifted to Singapore.
New menu, fantastic service, had a great time! disabled friendly and family friend, quiet atmosphere yet hip and trendy, great ambience for conversation, will be back!
Outstanding! The food quality, freshness and taste all excellent. That said, the total bill is commensurate as well. Average price per person is over $100.00. So uf its in your budget, be prepared to say "wow"!
New menu even better food than before! Tempura was so crispy that my mum who is waiting for new dentures and has had a stroke on one side crunched it all down happily and asked for more. Fresh ingredients. Kurobuta strip loin was perfectly marinated.
We ordered omakase for two persons, which comes in 7 courses; the service, ambience, food quality, taste and presentation are top notch! Definitely worth the bucks!
This was my second visit to Ikyu. I stay nearby so I like it when I just want a simple comforting dinner rather than cafe food which is so rampant in my neighbourhood. The service is also what made me visit it again. They were attentive to service details and not pushy when they made recommendations. I only ordered three items this time. Love the garlic fried rice, the crisp but light tempura, the salad with refreshing delicious yuzu dressing which came with some beef. The ika yaki was also nicely chargrilled. I will be back again to try other dishes.
Both of us had the sushi set-lunch. The fish was very fresh, presentation was eye-catching and service impeccable. It was also reasonably priced, although for those with medium to large appetites, the set lunch would have barely filled them up. We also ordered a makimono roll and grilled asparagus with belly pork which were also delicious. Spent about $110 for the 2 of us. Overall experience was good.
Lovely dinner as usual at IKYU, will be back to try other dishes soon! Chilled angel hair and mini Kaisen Don was tasty. Highly recommended.
Good food, well presented. Ingredients are fresh. Service is courteous with good explanation on what we were eating. Menu is well explained. Omakase at lunch worth a try. Seasoning a bit on the salty side for my personal taste.
The set lunches here are high quality and great value - $28 or $35 for appetizer, main, dessert and coffee/tea. Edgy decor, excellent a la carte and drinks menus, and friendly service complete the experience.
great tempura prawn and salad for starter, sushi great as usual, beef was very tender. Dessert choices great -- peach sorbet was just right, loved the red bean and matcha ice cream as usual.