The Place Opened slightly more than a month at Hotel Chancellor in the heart of Orchard, the exact location of Fukuichi Japanese Dining restaurant might be confusing to some as the google map directions are wrong. Hotel Chancellor is a fairly new hotel right behind Concorde Hotel Singapore, so you will not be very wrong to hard towards that direction. Back to Fukuichi’s latest outpost, it feels more cosy than the outlet at Triple One Somerset, so I will recommend coming this outlet for a more intimate gathering or meal. There is a sushi bar dining section as well as a private tatami room.
The Food The restaurant boasts a lunch and dinner menu, with most of the fish and seasonal seafood at Fukuichi are imported from Shizuoka, Japan. Prices for the lunch menu range from S$18 to S$22, with set lunches such as Hokke Teishoku (grilled mackerel fish set), Kijiyaki Teishoku (grilled chicken with Teriyaki Sauce set), Gyu Niku Shogayaki Teishoku (beef with ginger sauce set) and Tai Mentaiko Yaki Teishoku (grilled sea bream with cod roe sauce set). Dinner range from S$26 to S$45, with offerings such as Unagi Teishoku (grilled eel with teriyaki sauce set) and Gindara Mentaiko Yaki Teishoku (grilled silver cod fish wih cod roe sauce set).
We started with the Fukuichi Indulgence Teishoku ($30), which features eight mini courses in one set: appetiser, salad, sashimi moriwase, sushi moriwase, ura maki, sake mentaiyaki, tempura and miso soup. For the price, I think it is quite value for money, taking into consideration the restaurant’s location in Orchard as well.
From now to 30 September, the Fukuichi Indulgence Teishoku will be priced at a promotional price of $30++ (usual at $45++) during dinner hours. The daily lunch set is priced from $18++ onwards, with a current promotion of getting the fourth set free with every three set lunches.
For something to share, the Ebi Teppanyaki ($25) drizzled with Mentaiko sauce was quite a satisfying treat. I have a thing for mentaiko sauce as I like its richness, which can often mask the original flavour of the dish. This is just right.
The Kani Tofu ($7) is basically Crab Meat Bean Curd with Century Egg Sauce. This was another rich dish, not in a bad way, though the century egg sauce was too creamy such that the dish became slightly cloying after awhile.
The ultimate sinful dish of the meal has to be the Gyuniku Fagura Sauce ($38), or Grilled Beef with Goose Liver Sauce. This dish will resonate strongly if you are a fan of beef and foie gras, so I will not recommend if you dislike either component. It was still quite an interesting combination for me, though the goose liver sauce overpowered the beef flavour most of the time.
Rants For the regular dishes, prices are not cheap compared to other family-centric Japanese restaurants. The best bet will be to go for the lunch sets.
Will I Return Again? Fukuichi is definitely better than the mass brands of Japanese restaurants in the market in terms of quality, though I find it in an awkward positioning as it is also not quite the fine dining level. The set meal is an attractive point, and is most likely the reason I will return for.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Fukuichi Japanese Dining
28 Cavenagh Road, #01-05
Tel:+65 6737 0788
Mon to Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
Ranted by The Ranter