The modern izakaya introduces fun and delicious menu items
The Japanese Nokke Roll is no doubt one of the most decadent rolls I’ve seen.
Among the many Japanese restaurants and nondescript izakayas here, IZY Dining & Bar belongs to a league of its own.
Calling themselves a modern izakaya, IZY is a mashup of pop cultural influences presented in elegant effect. Their iconic centerpiece — a 11-metre mural of Japanese and American pop icons sets the scene for delicious and unapologetically fun eats.
A generous amount of truffle shavings is heaped atop the slices of succulent wagyu beef.
Beef don and katsu
Despite their penchant for kitsch and sushi rolls, IZY’s menu of quality Japanese-American fare and drinks will leave you craving for more.
From their new set lunch menu comes the signature Wagyu Don ($38). The first thing one notices is the generous amount of truffle shavings heaped atop the slices of succulent wagyu beef.
Dig a little deeper and you might accidentally slice open the onsen egg nestled within the warm rice. Mix well and enjoy the burst of savoury flavours, complemented by the earthiness of the truffle.
Those feeling a little adventurous should try the Gyu-katsu ($35). The rare beef cutlet is breaded and fried till golden brown, while retaining the juiciness and pinkness of the meat within.
My only gripe? The thin slices meant that we had to eat them quickly lest they turned cold.
If you’re dining in a group, consider ordering a couple of their sushi rolls to share. The Japanese Nokke Roll ($32) is no doubt one of the most decadent rolls I’ve seen. Fresh and sweet seafood including uni, ikura, crab meat and negitoro, overflow from molds of sushi rice for a photo-worthy treat.
The spicy crab mayo added a much-needed kick to the creamy sauce.
Roling with it
A close second is the IZY Roll ($16), which resembles Koh Grill Sushi and Bar’s much-talked about Shiok Maki.
IZY’s rendition features tempura shrimp and asparagus encased in sushi rice, and coated with torched spicy crab mayo and avocado. The spicy crab mayo added a much-needed kick to the creamy sauce, which might’ve otherwise overwhelmed the rest of the ingredients.
If you’re hankering after a snack to go with sake or umeshu, go for the Chicken Nanban ($20). Tender morsels of karaage chicken are coated with a mixture of sweet vinegar soy sauce and tartar sauce for a moreish, finger-licking good snack.
Overall, IZY Dining and Bar makes the case for a night of fun and unpretentious dining, best enjoyed with good company and some tipple on the side.
27 Club Street
A Chinese version of the article appeared here.
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