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“Feast for the eye and stomach”

Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #2,525 of 12,447 Restaurants in Singapore
Price range: US$ 50 - US$ 150
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 29 June 2015

I never come out of Rakuichi disappointed. The food looks good and tastes good - those sushi pieces seared were my favorite anytime. The dining room is small but the table is comfortably big for a family of 4. Located at Dempsey, I love it for its bucolic feel and ample parking place that is also free ( rare near downtown Singapore ). It is also a short ride from Orchard Road.

Service is prompt but we do not feel hurried. When the 3 of us wanted to order 3 bento sets and a sashimi set, we were advised to cut back one set because it was too much for us, which was thoughtful. We ended up sated and not horribly full.

For the huge spread, the bill came up to SGD$220. Since I paid with UOB Visa, I was given a $20 voucher to be used for the next visit ( weekdays ). Just as well ! After the happy meal, I look forward to the next one very soon.

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Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

It is hard to find bad food in Singapore, and even harder to find bad Japanese food. But if you want to find it, come here. Desultory waitstaff. A starter made from tinned tuna. Unagi cooked to mush. We were happy to have only ordered a few things to start and even happier to be out of here.

1  Thank Jay G
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Reviewed 14 April 2015

Their menu is not cheap, not when you can find food for more than one third the price in Singapore. But for a Japanese restaurant in Dempsey, it's reasonable. My family likes this place, and we visit every so often because, like the title implies, the food is good.

There is a lot of competition among Japanese restaurants in Singapore, and so the prices tend to be a good indicator of the quality of the restaurant. For Rakuichi's pricing, it serves better than average food. They have a decent lunch set menu as well, both at Dempsey and at their other restaurant in Far East Shopping Centre. Dinner is more expensive, but with a wider range and more complex flavours. It is not the best Japanese restaurant in Singapore, but it's delicious food nonetheless.

Service-wise, Rakuichi does well. The waitresses/waiters are friendly and always willing to offer suggestions on what to order a la carte. Food does not take long to arrive, and the staff is attentive. One thing to note is that they may provide a small starter without you ordering which might be charged; if you don't want to pay $5 or so per person for it, ask before eating. As the tables are located in various rooms, it does not get too noisy and gives a cosy feeling. Normally we would make reservations, because finding a table for dinner in Dempsey, especially on a weekend, is always difficult.

Getting there is a little troublesome if you use public transport, as buses don't go into Dempsey Hill and there is no train station nearby. Parking is an aggressive challenge, but usually you'd get a lot eventually. The ambient of the Hill is, however, worth the effort even if there is not much to do per se, especially if you're looking for cheap entertainment. The Hill is most vibrant in the evening, when all the restaurants and cafes are open.

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Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

Dinner for 4 pax cost about $300, thank you very much the senior staff that helping and planing during ordering . She keep pass by help and take care what is needed. She is very knowledge, friendly, love her service. Food are very yummy , sushi are fresh , recommend that must try the mix kyisuyaki, aburi sushi also the fish solmen, plus home make ice cream. After food , she very kind that serve 4 hot tea and towel. Appreciated her care and service .

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Reviewed 7 January 2015

The set-up was nice, warm and comfy. You can opt for aircon or non-aircon, and there is a smoking area too. The lighting was dim but just enough for you to appreciate the food served and at the same time, gave us the romantic atmosphere. The staff was very attentive. She knows what we need before we even call her. And the food, it was spectacular. Prepared in a very presentable manner which enhances the appetite. It was a sumptuous dinner at a reasonable price. For Japanese food lovers, this place is highly recommended.

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