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#02-35, Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road Singapore
 
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With five branches islandwide as of May 2012, Itacho Sushi is a Japanese restaurant chain serving a wide variety of sushi and sashimi, as well as other Japanese dishes. It originates from Hong Kong and is a member of the Taste of Japan Group.

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Opening Hours:
Sun - Thu: 11am-10pm, Fri - Sat: 11am-11pm
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  • $10-$20
  • $20-30
List of Outlets:
Outlet 1 : ION Orchard #B2-18, 2 Orchard Turn
Outlet 2: Plaza Singapura, #02-35, 68 Orchard Road
Outlet 3 : Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, B1-05
Outlet 4 : Changi Airport T3, 03-30/31
Outlet 5 : JCube 02-35, Singapore, Singapore
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After trying Itacho Sushi for the first time, I have stopped going to the other usual sushi restaurants in Sg such as Sushi Tei and Sakae Sushi. Itacho has wiped the floor with the competition by offering a ridiculously cheap promotion selection as well as a more inventive menu.

The application of a crème brulee blowtorch to sashimi is nothing short of genius. The flambé treatment caramelizes the top layer of the raw fish slice without cooking it. Anything that says “roasted” on the sushi menu means that the sashimi has been blasted with the blowtorch and is total deliciousness. I particularly like the roasted dorsal and the roasted salmon.
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80%
jeremy Reviewed by jeremy on October 22, 2012
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"Sashimi with Sass"

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After trying Itacho Sushi for the first time, I have stopped going to the other usual sushi restaurants in Sg such as Sushi Tei and Sakae Sushi. Itacho has wiped the floor with the competition by offering a ridiculously cheap promotion selection as well as a more inventive menu.

The application of a crème brulee blowtorch to sashimi is nothing short of genius. The flambé treatment caramelizes the top layer of the raw fish slice without cooking it. Anything that says “roasted” on the sushi menu means that the sashimi has been blasted with the blowtorch and is total deliciousness. I particularly like the roasted dorsal and the roasted salmon.

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A lot of my love for an establishment is usually motivated by their discounts or promotions. Itacho has soy salmon sushi for $0.40 - it sold out before I got a chance to sample it, but $0.40? Sign me up. The prices are much better than Sushi Tei's. Don't get me started on Sakae.

I ate at Hong Kong's Itamae Sushi before Itacho arrived in SG. Though they have a different name. they are by the same owners and Itacho can probably hold its own against Itamae. The tuna sashimi's just as fresh, and the crab stick sushi was a surprise hit for me. The hand rolls are a good choice too.

Service was sub-par, sadly. They seem understaffed - the green tea I ordered took half an hour to arrive... at the next table of customers, who'd arrived later than I had. And they hadn't even ordered a drink. It's unfortunate, because this place has some of SG's most affordable sushi.
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70%
Grace Yew Reviewed by Google Plus Image Grace Yew on May 12, 2014
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"Good food, good prices, poor service"


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A lot of my love for an establishment is usually motivated by their discounts or promotions. Itacho has soy salmon sushi for $0.40 - it sold out before I got a chance to sample it, but $0.40? Sign me up. The prices are much better than Sushi Tei's. Don't get me started on Sakae.

I ate at Hong Kong's Itamae Sushi before Itacho arrived in SG. Though they have a different name. they are by the same owners and Itacho can probably hold its own against Itamae. The tuna sashimi's just as fresh, and the crab stick sushi was a surprise hit for me. The hand rolls are a good choice too.

Service was sub-par, sadly. They seem understaffed - the green tea I ordered took half an hour to arrive... at the next table of customers, who'd arrived later than I had. And they hadn't even ordered a drink. It's unfortunate, because this place has some of SG's most affordable sushi.

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Many friends have raved about itacho but I wrote it off thinking it's another chain like Sushi Tei, and Sakae Sushi, where their sushi is at most mediocre.

After much persuasion, my friends managed to get me seated in Itacho, and I was impressed.
The prices are near of that of Sushi Tei, and Sakae, but the quality however was definitely much higher.

What I really love about Itacho is that you get to choose individual sushis instead of having to finish a pair, and for the less adventurous, there are the "half-cooked" versions where the fish is torched.

Taste wise it was pretty good, but I had a bad experience with their otoro. I was excited that they had the otoro promotion and instantly ordered some slices of sashimi. The fish had died a wrongful death and it was so awfully cut with the ligaments and veins all horribly angry and knotted in my mouth, I think my fishmonger could have done a better job.

Their fish liver was surprisingly good, so no complaints there!

Other than my one bad otoro, I learnt my lesson and stuck to their basic menu which always left me craving for more.
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70%
maryandjane Reviewed by maryandjane on April 18, 2014
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"For the first time, cheap and good sushi"

Many friends have raved about itacho but I wrote it off thinking it's another chain like Sushi Tei, and Sakae Sushi, where their sushi is at most mediocre.

After much persuasion, my friends managed to get me seated in Itacho, and I was impressed.
The prices are near of that of Sushi Tei, and Sakae, but the quality however was definitely much higher.

What I really love about Itacho is that you get to choose individual sushis instead of having to finish a pair, and for the less adventurous, there are the "half-cooked" versions where the fish is torched.

Taste wise it was pretty good, but I had a bad experience with their otoro. I was excited that they had the otoro promotion and instantly ordered some slices of sashimi. The fish had died a wrongful death and it was so awfully cut with the ligaments and veins all horribly angry and knotted in my mouth, I think my fishmonger could have done a better job.

Their fish liver was surprisingly good, so no complaints there!

Other than my one bad otoro, I learnt my lesson and stuck to their basic menu which always left me craving for more.

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With an extensive menu and affordable prices, don’t be surprised to find a long queue outside the restaurant at dinnertime. Like most Japanese restaurants, Itacho Sushi doesn’t take reservations so try to avoid the dinner crowd or be prepared to wait up to 30 minutes! But hey, good things are worth the wait right?

You would be pleased to know that they serve uni (sea urchin) and ankimo (monkfish liver) and sea eel (a rare find in Singapore) at inexpensive prices. They also have a promotional menu where you can find soy salmon sushi at only $0.40 each (however, they have limited pieces and usually sold out by dinner time)

Some may say this sushi chain may be overrated and sushi are not that fantastic, well you get what you paid for right? The prices are relatively cheaper than other sushi chains like Sushi Tei and Sakae Sushi. Service is efficient and I wouldn't mind going back again.
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80%
feeohnah Reviewed by feeohnah on January 26, 2013
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"Sushi at affordable prices!"

With an extensive menu and affordable prices, don’t be surprised to find a long queue outside the restaurant at dinnertime. Like most Japanese restaurants, Itacho Sushi doesn’t take reservations so try to avoid the dinner crowd or be prepared to wait up to 30 minutes! But hey, good things are worth the wait right?

You would be pleased to know that they serve uni (sea urchin) and ankimo (monkfish liver) and sea eel (a rare find in Singapore) at inexpensive prices. They also have a promotional menu where you can find soy salmon sushi at only $0.40 each (however, they have limited pieces and usually sold out by dinner time)

Some may say this sushi chain may be overrated and sushi are not that fantastic, well you get what you paid for right? The prices are relatively cheaper than other sushi chains like Sushi Tei and Sakae Sushi. Service is efficient and I wouldn't mind going back again.

Last updated: January 26, 2013

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Having heard and read so much about Itacho, there was no way I wasn't going to give this highly rated sushi restaurant a go. However, after a premium sushi platter and $50 later, I have to say that all that rave reviews are grossly exaggerated.

Don't get me wrong, I do like their sushi. I particularly found their bluefin tuna sushi, salmon roe sushi and scallop sushi to be particularly savory. But for me to stand in line for my food for 30-45 minutes before waiting another 15-20 minutes for my order to arrive, I expect something quite extraordinary. Itacho was unable to provide that.

And do not be fooled by the huge boards brandishing the cheap prices offered by the restaurant. The discouts offered often do not apply to their more popular and better tasting sushi. Hence I hardly enjoyed the cheap pricing that was heavily advertised outside the restaurant.

All in all, this is a decent restaurant, but for all that hype, I really do expect much more.
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60%
matthewlex Reviewed by matthewlex on January 12, 2013
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"Relatively fresh and tasty sushi but overrated reputation "

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Having heard and read so much about Itacho, there was no way I wasn't going to give this highly rated sushi restaurant a go. However, after a premium sushi platter and $50 later, I have to say that all that rave reviews are grossly exaggerated.

Don't get me wrong, I do like their sushi. I particularly found their bluefin tuna sushi, salmon roe sushi and scallop sushi to be particularly savory. But for me to stand in line for my food for 30-45 minutes before waiting another 15-20 minutes for my order to arrive, I expect something quite extraordinary. Itacho was unable to provide that.

And do not be fooled by the huge boards brandishing the cheap prices offered by the restaurant. The discouts offered often do not apply to their more popular and better tasting sushi. Hence I hardly enjoyed the cheap pricing that was heavily advertised outside the restaurant.

All in all, this is a decent restaurant, but for all that hype, I really do expect much more.

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I came to Itacho Sushi @ Ion Orchard on a Friday night with my 4 girlfriends, and boy, the queue was horrendous when we reached about 6.10pm. We only managed to get our seats at 6.40pm, and when we went in, the queue was getting longer like a snake. * Do note that at least half of the diners have to be present before they will let you in to be seated.

Itacho Sushi is famous for its fresh and unique variety of Sushi but it also comes with a hefty price tag to it. Most of the Sushi is per piece, unlike other sushi joints in which an order of sushi gives you 3X portion. Each piece of 'normal' sushi can cost up to $3-4. The lucky thing is that they have a menu of discounted items that are changed continuously so we went for food items that cost up to 50% off.

I enjoyed the cold green tea noodles as it was refreshing and filled with tiny chopped scallops. I also enjoyed the swordfish sushi, inari, ebi sushi, lobster shusi. In fact we ordered so much we lost count. They all came fresh and delicious! I also remember my friends vigoriously taking the free ginger at the side table, and they claimed they loved it although i am not a fan!

Overall, a nice sushi joint in Singapore to indulge in good and fresh sushi though some of my friends have commented that standards have dropped slightly as compared to when it first opened.
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70%
Joleneey Reviewed by Joleneey on December 30, 2012
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"Fresh Sushi!"

I came to Itacho Sushi @ Ion Orchard on a Friday night with my 4 girlfriends, and boy, the queue was horrendous when we reached about 6.10pm. We only managed to get our seats at 6.40pm, and when we went in, the queue was getting longer like a snake. * Do note that at least half of the diners have to be present before they will let you in to be seated.

Itacho Sushi is famous for its fresh and unique variety of Sushi but it also comes with a hefty price tag to it. Most of the Sushi is per piece, unlike other sushi joints in which an order of sushi gives you 3X portion. Each piece of 'normal' sushi can cost up to $3-4. The lucky thing is that they have a menu of discounted items that are changed continuously so we went for food items that cost up to 50% off.

I enjoyed the cold green tea noodles as it was refreshing and filled with tiny chopped scallops. I also enjoyed the swordfish sushi, inari, ebi sushi, lobster shusi. In fact we ordered so much we lost count. They all came fresh and delicious! I also remember my friends vigoriously taking the free ginger at the side table, and they claimed they loved it although i am not a fan!

Overall, a nice sushi joint in Singapore to indulge in good and fresh sushi though some of my friends have commented that standards have dropped slightly as compared to when it first opened.

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There's always a long queue outside Itacho's outlets, but it's not hard to see why. The signature dish of salmon skin aburi is worth only 40cents, and it's actually pretty delicious. I wouldn't mind paying more just to have more than 4 pieces of this. The rest of the items are pretty normally priced, but the most of the sushi that I tried did not disappoint.

I'm quite thankful that there's only a small portion of rice per sushi, because it attenuates the accompanying ingredient on top and it's easier to pick up with your chopsticks. Of course, because there's so many people, it's a little hard to get the attention of the service staff, but once you manage to do so, the service is actually pretty fast. I would say I had a pleasurable dining experience at Itacho Sushi, and I would recommend others to go as well!
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xyst Reviewed by xyst on December 17, 2012
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"I love the sushi here!"

There's always a long queue outside Itacho's outlets, but it's not hard to see why. The signature dish of salmon skin aburi is worth only 40cents, and it's actually pretty delicious. I wouldn't mind paying more just to have more than 4 pieces of this. The rest of the items are pretty normally priced, but the most of the sushi that I tried did not disappoint.

I'm quite thankful that there's only a small portion of rice per sushi, because it attenuates the accompanying ingredient on top and it's easier to pick up with your chopsticks. Of course, because there's so many people, it's a little hard to get the attention of the service staff, but once you manage to do so, the service is actually pretty fast. I would say I had a pleasurable dining experience at Itacho Sushi, and I would recommend others to go as well!

Last updated: December 18, 2012
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I visited the branch at Changi Airport. You must be early when you visit because they offered daily special but those came with a limited quantity and if you were late, the items would be sold out. May be I had not visited enough Japanese sushi restaurant so I found the sushi in this restaurant to be refreshing because other than the usual seafood variety, they also served duck and pork sushi.

The dish that I found to be especially different was the rice in crab. The serving came in a shell crab with rice stuffed inside. The rice was mixed with some ingredients and it tasted nice and fragrant.

I needed to mention their ordering system, because the few times that I had visited them, there had always been missing items from our orders. I was not sure what was the actual cause but it can get annoying when you were just waiting for your favorite food and it never arrived.
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wangkh Reviewed by wangkh on December 16, 2012
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"Something different"

I visited the branch at Changi Airport. You must be early when you visit because they offered daily special but those came with a limited quantity and if you were late, the items would be sold out. May be I had not visited enough Japanese sushi restaurant so I found the sushi in this restaurant to be refreshing because other than the usual seafood variety, they also served duck and pork sushi.

The dish that I found to be especially different was the rice in crab. The serving came in a shell crab with rice stuffed inside. The rice was mixed with some ingredients and it tasted nice and fragrant.

I needed to mention their ordering system, because the few times that I had visited them, there had always been missing items from our orders. I was not sure what was the actual cause but it can get annoying when you were just waiting for your favorite food and it never arrived.

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I always see a long, snaking queue outside the joint at ION Orchard, especially at dinnertime. And I don't get why because their sushi isn't all that great. You might as well go to Sakae Sushi, and you might even get better sushi there for cheaper.

It's really hard to get the attention of the waitresses because they're all constantly walking about from one end of the room to the other showing customers to their seats and shouting at the top of their lungs the Japanese shopkeeper's word for 'welcome'.

Their salmon-themed items were particularly disappointing, sushi included. We ordered a cooked salmon item, which was overly greasy and had so many bones in it that we wondered if additional bones were deliberately planted to choke customers.

Quality of the food aside, it wasn't the best place to dine at mainly because it's so hard to get anyone's attention, and we had to wait quite long for the ala carte items to arrive, and it was so noisy that it was hard to have any conversation without raising our voices.

I'm not coming back.
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kuchiki Reviewed by kuchiki on December 16, 2012

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"No, not worth it."

I always see a long, snaking queue outside the joint at ION Orchard, especially at dinnertime. And I don't get why because their sushi isn't all that great. You might as well go to Sakae Sushi, and you might even get better sushi there for cheaper.

It's really hard to get the attention of the waitresses because they're all constantly walking about from one end of the room to the other showing customers to their seats and shouting at the top of their lungs the Japanese shopkeeper's word for 'welcome'.

Their salmon-themed items were particularly disappointing, sushi included. We ordered a cooked salmon item, which was overly greasy and had so many bones in it that we wondered if additional bones were deliberately planted to choke customers.

Quality of the food aside, it wasn't the best place to dine at mainly because it's so hard to get anyone's attention, and we had to wait quite long for the ala carte items to arrive, and it was so noisy that it was hard to have any conversation without raising our voices.

I'm not coming back.

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I decided to try the sushi in this restaurant due to the undying long queues outside the restaurant at ion orchard which i frequently passed.

The sushi was very fresh and the sushi vinegar used for the sushi rice was especially tantalizing. I like their seasonal sushi as well, as they have unique cuts from fish that other Japanese restaurants do not have, for quite economical prices.

However, the service is atrocious. It takes a long time to get the staff's attention, and it took them 15 minutes to serve each dish ordered. The staff also walked around with a black face, as if the customers were indebted to then.

Despite the sumptious food, the service leaves much to be desired.

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TheThinker Reviewed by TheThinker on December 03, 2012
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"Cheap sushi, lousy staff"

I decided to try the sushi in this restaurant due to the undying long queues outside the restaurant at ion orchard which i frequently passed.

The sushi was very fresh and the sushi vinegar used for the sushi rice was especially tantalizing. I like their seasonal sushi as well, as they have unique cuts from fish that other Japanese restaurants do not have, for quite economical prices.

However, the service is atrocious. It takes a long time to get the staff's attention, and it took them 15 minutes to serve each dish ordered. The staff also walked around with a black face, as if the customers were indebted to then.

Despite the sumptious food, the service leaves much to be desired.

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Everyday, crowds never fail to gather outside Itacho Sushi during peak mealtimes. Initially, I was under the impression that people were only here for the wildly cheap and popular 40-cents Salmon Skin Aburi. However, in contradiction to what I believed, the crowds remain healthy even as the individual quota for diners have been reduced by half (from 4 to 2 pieces of salmon skin aburis each).

They lost me as a fan though, I'm just an acquiantance-type patron now. Mainly, I'm disgruntled with the fact that prices for everything on the mainstay menu were adjusted higher, while they kept their promotional items at a low price in a badly-guised marketing ploy. The prices of their uni and livers skyrocketed, and became more to stomach than their increasingly small portions. With that said, Itacho still does their aburis and handrolls really well.

As for ambience, let's just say it's reminiscent of the Tsukiji Fish Market tuna auctions. Service levels can be downright poor at times too, so just a tip - stay polite but firm, and then blast them with a refusal to pay service charge. The PS outlet was terrible enough to warrant this "stunt" from yours truly, and another diner queuing before me.

Oh ye purveyors of bad service, justice always prevails. Yarrrrr.
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kitschyfeet Reviewed by kitschyfeet on November 27, 2012
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"where you get japanese cuisine, sans the experience"

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Everyday, crowds never fail to gather outside Itacho Sushi during peak mealtimes. Initially, I was under the impression that people were only here for the wildly cheap and popular 40-cents Salmon Skin Aburi. However, in contradiction to what I believed, the crowds remain healthy even as the individual quota for diners have been reduced by half (from 4 to 2 pieces of salmon skin aburis each).

They lost me as a fan though, I'm just an acquiantance-type patron now. Mainly, I'm disgruntled with the fact that prices for everything on the mainstay menu were adjusted higher, while they kept their promotional items at a low price in a badly-guised marketing ploy. The prices of their uni and livers skyrocketed, and became more to stomach than their increasingly small portions. With that said, Itacho still does their aburis and handrolls really well.

As for ambience, let's just say it's reminiscent of the Tsukiji Fish Market tuna auctions. Service levels can be downright poor at times too, so just a tip - stay polite but firm, and then blast them with a refusal to pay service charge. The PS outlet was terrible enough to warrant this "stunt" from yours truly, and another diner queuing before me.

Oh ye purveyors of bad service, justice always prevails. Yarrrrr.

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urchin, aburi sushi
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