It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Japanese cuisine and drinks. We’ve already posted about Japanese craft beers and sake in the past, but true to the Singaporean in each of us, we’re even bigger fans of a good deal. So when we were invited by our friends at Yummychitchat to check out the new Choinomi Set Menu launching at Ippudo, we jumped at the chance.
Choinomi is a relatively new age “quick drink” culture in Japan, focused on light drinking at casual restaurants. It’s in contrast to the older heavy-drinking culture where hours will be spent
at izakayas with colleagues after work. Focused on socialising with good friends over lighter drinks and good food at lower price points, we’re more than happy that Choinomi culture has now started in Singapore!
Ippudo has long been associated with ramen in Singapore, so we were pleasantly surprised that they will now be launching their new Choinomi Set Menu. For $9.90, you get a choice of an alcoholic drink AND Otsumami – which is a crazy good deal considering $10 can barely get you a beer in some places nowadays. What makes this deal even sweeter is that it runs ALL NIGHT, every
day from 5.30pm to closing. No more rushing through dinner to make it before that ever elusive Happy Hour. Score.
Sake, Suntory Draft Beer and Highball with – clockwise from left – Pepper on Edamame, Otsumami
Menma (Spicy Bamboo Shoot) and Crab Frits.
Suntory Draft Beer
We were quite impressed that you can choose from draft beer, bottled beer, highball and sake all for the same price. We tried their Suntory draft beer and the Yamazaki Highball. The drinks here are pretty standard, but a full pint of ice cold beer under 10 bucks is a good day, any day. Also considering that a highball from their existing menu already costs between $12-$16, ordering their Choinomi Set would already save you money and bag you a free snack to go with your drink.
Sake with – from the left and clockwise – Pepper on Edamame, Otsumami Menma (Spicy Bamboo Shoot) and Crab Frits.
Highball with Chicken Karaage
There is a full range of otsumami on offer. At the Mohamed Sultan branch*, there are 9 choices
including classics like Edameme, chicken karage, chicken Namban to Siobuta (grilled pork). We hear that their Shaw Centre branch** will have 11 options with the addition of crab frits and Nasu Miso. If you have a non-drinker amongst you or want more food, you can also separately order 3 otsumami dishes for $15. It’s definitely a steal seeing that the portion size makes it more like an appetiser than a snack.
Yakimono (grilled items)
The Mohamed Sultan branch is also offering Yakimono and we have to say we are officially in love with the Eihire (grilled stingray).
Eihire (Grilled Stingray)
The Eihire reminded us of the freshly grilled squid we enjoyed in Japan but sweeter and less “smelly”. It’s also toasty warm with just the perfect chewiness, avoiding the rubber-like texture that pre-packaged dried squid has. No beer chill-out session will be complete without this now.
Other grilled items:
Yaki Ika (Grilled Squid)
Suntory Draft Beer with Grilled Bacon and Potato Salad. This was quite delicious!
All in all, a great place with an unbeatable deal. We love our drinks here at thirsty fridays, but we love our friends more – and we are looking forward to chilling out here with our buddies over great Japanese Street snacks without having to dig too deep into our pockets at the end of the night. That Eihire though, that might do us in.
*Choinomi Set Menu available at Mohd Sultan Branch from 14th March 2017
**Choinomi Set Menu available at Shaw Centre Branch from 21st March 2017
Ippudo @ Mohamed Sultan: 207 River Valley Road, #01-55/56 (Along Mohamed Sultan Road at UE
• Mon -Thurs: 11.30-3pm; 5.30pm-12am (last order 11pm)
• Friday: 11.30-3pm; 5.30pm-2am (last order 1am)
• Saturday: 11.30-12am (last order 11pm)
• Sunday: 11.30-11pm (last order 10pm)
Ippudo @Shaw Centre: 1 Scotts Road # 04-22/23, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
• Thurs-Sun: 11.30-10pm (last order for: Side Dish 9.10pm, Ramen 9.20pm)
• Fri-Sat: 11.30-11pm (last order for: Side Dish 10.10pm, Ramen 10.20pm)