Izumi Japanese Restaurant: Affordable Japanese eatery serving mentaiko takoyaki & $9.90 lunch sets with 2 sides at Bedok

I’ve rarely come across Japanese establishments at HDB neighbourhoods till my editor, Pavin and I happened to spot one during our recent adventure to Bedok. Located along Bedok South, Izumi Japanese Restaurant is an 8-year-old Japanese spot with just 5 tables which can accommodate 18 people.

izumi - restaurant front

As we entered the petite eatery, the first thing that caught my eye was the retro floor tiling. They were from the 80s, just like the tiles back at my house. I spotted an elderly aunty manning the dining area, and an uncle dressed in a Japanese chef outfit was preparing the food.

We thought he was Japanese until both of them started conversing in Teochew. I wanted to take pictures of him in action, but he stopped me immediately. Oh well, Uncle was shy.

izumi - restaurant interior

izumi - food counter

Izumi Japanese Restaurant also doubles up as a mini Japanese supermarket. There were shelves selling sushi, sashimi-grade pieces of fish, Japanese beverages, as well as a smorgasbord of frozen snacks.

What I tried at Izumi Japanese Restaurant

From 11am to 4pm daily, Izumi Japanese Restaurant serves S$9.90 dine-in lunch sets with 10 varieties of mains for you to get giddy over. The set also comes with 2 sides… now that’s definitely a steal!

izumi - japanese set lunch

Itadakimasu, it was time to fill our rumbling tummies. My dining partners and I got the ball rolling with the Smoked Duck Udon, with our choice of California Maki and Potato Salad for the lunch set.

The bowl contained udon doused in a clear dashi broth, 4 slices of smoked duck, a halved onsen egg, kelp slices, and 2 slices of fish cake.

izumi - udon

The ivory tubes of udon possessed the perfect consistency (chewy without being too hard) while the kelp slices provided gentle savoury notes of the ocean.

izumi - udon closeup

The dashi stock was seasoned so well. The notes coming from the bonito flakes and kombu were robust without being overly salty, allowing me to have more without scrambling for a glass of water.

izumi - broth closeup

The smoked duck pieces were thick and deliciously greasy. The runny yolk and luscious egg white from the onsen egg were a power couple, working hand-in-hand to fill my mouth with creamy deliciousness as it disintegrated inside.

izumi - udon condiments

The California Maki was your default combo: avocado, Japanese cucumber, tamago and crab stick wrapped in Japanese rice with seaweed and coated with tobiko.

The Potato Salad was amazeballs! It had pillowy-soft fork-mashed potatoes with thin strips of Japanese cucumber, carrot and onions dressed in buttery mayo.

izumi - udon sides

Currently, there’s a mentaiko promotion going on. We ordered the Mentaiko Takoyaki (S$5) which had 5 golden brown balls dressed with a generous drizzle of mentaiko, and fine strips of bonito flakes.

izumi - mentaiko takoyaki

It was the yummiest takoyaki that I’ve ever eaten. The texture was unlike the usual, instead they were crispy on the outside, and super fluffy on the inside with bits of chewy octopus within.

The umami-ness of the mentaiko and bonito flakes together with the crispy round balls worked so well together. My goodness, I could’ve eaten 5 more!

izumi - mentaiko takoyaki closeup

I decided to splurge a little by ordering the Deluxe Bara Chirashi (S$18.80) because (flips hair)… I deserve a little treat once in a while.

The towering bowl consisted of cubes of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and swordfish sashimi, tako, tamago, Japanese cucumber, pickles and pickled ginger. There was also a generous serving of tobiko, salmon roe and sesame seeds piled on top.

izumi - bara chirashi

I carefully pried the ingredients apart with my chopsticks and spoon to reveal the hidden Japanese rice underneath, which had a sprinkling of furikake. Wow, there was so much going on!

izumi - bara chirashi closeup

Every individual variety of sashimi was great in its own unique way. The tako was tender while the buttery flavours coming from the tuna and salmon cubes melded really well with the salty bursts of salmon roe and tobiko.

My dining partner felt that the yellowtail was slightly on the fishy side, but I was absolutely fine with it.

izumi - sashimi closeup

You definitely can’t go wrong with pairing sashimi with the trustworthy wasabi-shoyu combo.

izumi - sashimi wasabi closeup

We ended things off with the Soft Shell Crab Curry Don (S$9.90). It came with a plate of Japanese curry served with rice, with a side dish of fried soft-shell crab.

izumi - soft shell crab

I’m usually not a fan of Japanese curry as they tend to swing to the sweeter side of things. But this was surprisingly smoky and less sweet. The potato and carrot cubes were also soft and had absorbed all the flavours of the curry like a sponge. Yummy!

izumi - curry ingredients

The soft-shell crabs were fried to a crisp, and paired really well with the mayo dip.

izumi - soft shell crab closeup

Final thoughts

izumi - overview

With no GST and service charge, Izumi Japanese Restaurant is definitely a hidden gem located within the Bedok South area. Every single dish that we ordered was well executed and delicious.

Argh! Why am I not living in Bedok? I’ll be a regular here otherwise.

Expected damage: S$9.90 – S$20 per pax

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Our Rating: 4.5 / 5

Izumi Japanese Restaurant

59 New Upper Changi Road, #01-1240, Singapore 461059

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Our Rating 4.5/5

Izumi Japanese Restaurant

59 New Upper Changi Road, #01-1240, Singapore 461059

Telephone: +65 8189 1848
Operating Hours: 10.30am - 9pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue
Telephone: +65 8189 1848

Operating Hours: 10.30am - 9pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue
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