Where can Singapore’s Japanophiles or shinnichi find all of the following under one roof? Japanese cuisine, Japanese cooking classes, Japanese conversation groups, and Japanese products. The answer is at IPPIN CAFE BAR. This multipurpose, one-stop Nihon shop can be found along Clarke Quay’s Mohamed Sultan Road, and they do a good line in Japanese-themed birthday parties, too.
IPPIN is a Singapore-based producer, wholesaler, and distributor of Japanese food, beverages, kitchenwares like chopsticks and tea sets, craft items such as kutani, cosmetics and beauty products, bed linen and apparel, plus furniture and much much more. Located down Singapore’s Mohamed Sultan Road in Clarke Quay, IPPIN CAFE BAR sells all of the above, but also hosts, as you might have guessed from the name, a great little Japanese-flavoured café and bar. Japan-fans regularly drop in to sample the latest crop of gorgeous Japanese commodities and stay a while, sipping on an authentic green tea or macha.
Sensuously understated might be the best way to describe IPPIN CAFE BAR. Its elegant premises down the Clarke Quay stretch of Mohamed Sultan Road stocks all the elegant, sensuous, and understated goods we’ve come to associate with the Japanese sense of aesthetics. And the food, naturally, matches, albeit in the most delicate wabi sabi manner. While you’re shopping, eating and drinking at IPPIN, why not book into a Japanese cooking class or strike up a conversation and learn some Nihongo? IPPIN is a social centre for lovers of all things Japanese right in the heart of Singapore.
Great service, great food and drinks! The sake was uniqie, one of a kind and I even bought another bottle back home. Prices are reasonable too!
Nice and cosy place for group gathering. Staff are helpful and attentive. They are knowledgeable about the sakae and gave good recommendations. Will definitely go back again.
Nice ambience. Quietly located on the outskirts of Clarke Quay. Wide variety of sakes. Pretty decent quality Japanese food. Highly recommended for a night with friends.
Awesome food! Very homely and cost environment. Food is very simple yet delicious! The furikawa are super goooood! Service is fast. Love the sake too! Definitely coming back for more!
Food was really good and affordable - prices are nett which is a bonus. Each set comes with a small matcha pudding for dessert as well - a sweet way to end your meal! Be sure to try the oyaku don which is more wet than usual but has a generous serving of meat, and the oyster set which tastes really good and not excessively raw. Ambience was great - it was pretty empty at 7pm on a Monday evening and service was excellent. Will come back to try the other sets!
Quiet place to have dinner and chit chat. The food was excellent, full of home cook 'vibes'. Especially love the rice! Plus they have good promos for happy hour, will definitely come back to check out other items on the menu!
Friendly and sincere waiter. Owner is very friendly as well. This is my 2nd visit as I find the food is fresh and reasonably price. I like how they are not as commercialized like other restaurant bar
Place was cosy, staff were helpful, but food was so so... The oyako-don was supposedly to be their recommended menu, but the chicken was a tad too salty... My friend also commended that her tonkatsu was too dry, and the meat portion was relatively small too... Hope they can really improve on their food.
Staff were friendly and the food was good, homely and filling. Ordered the Oyakodon set, which came with a salad, miso soup and refreshing mini jelly dessert. More people need to know about this place!
Service was great and the staff was really friendly. They explained that they were under staffed and hence the delay in serving the dishes. Food was great and we especially liked the ikura don