Izumi is small Japanese eatery situated in the heart of Victoria Park and until recently, has been a place I was curious about but never with any urge to go into. Looking for something different for lunch, and pursuaded by the good rating on Urbanspoon I decided to give it a try.
The menu is quite extensive with they typical sushi, sashimi, tempura, donburi, etc. They do some more exotic styles of sushi and they also do ramen. Being a ramen lover I couldn’t go past the pork ramen. However to start things off I had my favourite Japanese entree, gyu(beef) tataki.
The beef was nice if not a bit tough. The ponzu sauce was nice and acidic and reminded me of Momoji’s ponzu sauce. Appertite heightened, I eagerly awaited for my ramen.
The ramen is not the cheapest around and it does cost extra to make the soup spicy (which from what I gathered, meant the ramen had a generous sprinkling of Japanses seven spice). The soup was tasty and spicy and there was a good serving of noodles. The soup is quite simple and lacks the depth of a good home made stock. Being the pork ramen, slices of tasty belly pork gave another flavour dimension. Rounding of the dish was a generous serving of nori (seaweed) and half a hard boiled egg.
The meal was good if not a tad expensive for what you got. With a lack of ramen places around (especially near work), I’ll be coming back to Izumi for a work lunch ramen fix.
P.S. Skip the chicken karaage, The chicken is nice, tender and juicy but it is just chicken thigh bits deep fried.