Isshin Japanese House, Forest Hill

The combination of Japanese cuisine and all-you-can-eat is not something I can resist. Not even poor ratings and reviews or having to drive out of the way. A colleague told me about Isshin Japanese House, Forest Hill and very soon I booked a table for two nights later.

We went there at 7:30pm on a Friday night. The indoor dining area was already bustling, so we were asked to take a seat outdoors. Without a doubt, we chose the all-you-can-eat option for their promotional rate of $32.95 per person (usually $37.95 per person) and we had two hours to order.

I read most of the reviews before going, and two main concerns that were constantly brought up were small portions and slow service, especially when it involved the more expensive items. 

Firstly, hubby and I actually loved the fact that the serving size was so small. It meant that we could order a huge variety of dishes instead of filling ourselves up with just a few. 

In terms of service, all of our dishes took literally just minutes to arrive, with the exception of the nama shii hotate and seafood tempura which took at least 45 minutes with two reminders in between. Otherwise, service was actually quite attentive. I thought we would be quite neglected as we were the only ones sitting outside, but every so often a waiter would pop in and ask if we wanted to order more dishes. 

Food wise, it is more the variety that you are paying for, rather than quality. There are lots of choices on the menu, from entrĂ©es to sushi to teppanyaki. The dishes were a little hit and miss. Most of the entrĂ©es such as the agedashi tofu, croquette and panko oysters were very tasty, but the teppanyaki was mediocre and I would recommend avoiding the chawanmushi. 

Then came the desserts! You can choose from daifuku, green tea ice cream, black sesame ice cream and plum wine chocolate mousse. Once again, the servings are really small, so order at least a couple to start off with. The green tea ice cream was pretty nice and the plum wine chocolate mousse was so lovely! I would have ordered more but I knew I was going to feel nauseous from being so ridiculously full.

All in all, we ordered about 4 or 5 times and we were done in just over an hour. I think we were quite pleasantly surprised because we went there with zero expectations. From what we experienced, it wasn't too shabby at all, but the only way to truly find out is to try it for yourself!

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  1. A friend went there last night and enjoyed it, I'll have to give it a go!