Imakatsu Boat Quay - Best Mentaiko Pork in Town!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Best Mentaiko Pork Singapore

To be honest, I wasn't really a fan of Tonkatsu, as my experience with them has always been disappointing. The breaded, deep fried pork cutlets I had were usually:

1. Too oily

2. Had too much fat

3. Too dry

4. Too bland

Therefore, I stopped paying them much attention whenever I have Japanese. Tonkatsu was like a word that I automatically filtered out from the menu. And everytime I skimmed through tonkatsu, I could hear Tonkatsu saying hello to me:

"Hello from the other sideeee...... I must have called a thousand timesss!"

But not anymore, after I had one of the best mentaiko tonkatsu at Imakatsu.

Yama Yuzu Shibori ($49.80)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Yama Yuzu Shibori

THIS. WAS. AWESOME! The citrus-y sweet taste of yuzu whets up your appetite, but it is light enough to also serve as a palette cleanser in between dishes. If you are a champagne/ dessert wine person, this will definitely make you happy, and I promise you wouldn't stop at just one cup. A little bit of alcohol also makes everyone less inhibited, which will enliven your dining experience!

Satsumaage Mentaiko ($6)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Satsumaage Mentaiko

Anything that is mentaiko needs to be ordered. So, we ordered this Satsumaage Mentaiko, which is basically deep fried fish cakes. I like the firm, bouncy texture of the fishcakes, a likely result of a good quality fish paste. And these goes oh so well with that Yuzu sake. So well.

PIYOPIYO Minced Meat Cutlet ($9.80)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - PIYOPIYO Minced Meat Cutlet

I would like to report Imakatsu for this act of cruelty. 

I mean, how could they bear to serve this PIYOPIYO minced meat cutlet?!?! Piyopiyo is so cute lah!


But on second thought, maybe it was a good idea they cooked PIYOPIYO because this was OISHIIII! Although the egg was slightly too well done, the combination of a crispy tempura exterior, minced meat interior and an egg as the core was just divine. Best part? We ordered a second serving of this and THE EGG YOLK WAS RUNNY. So it very well depends on your luck when you order this. 

Just pray that the chef is in their best form when they prepare your PIYOPIYO.

Mochi Cheese Cutlet ($6.80)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Mochi Cheese Cutlet

I have always been honest in my food reviews - no matter whether they are sponsored or not. Trust me when I say that the food served to us that day were simply top-notch. This Mochi Cheese Cutlet is like a dream come true for mochi+cheese lovers.


If you like starchy, cheesy stuff like me, this can be very satisfying.

Oyako Don ($14.80)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Oyako Don

There are days when you just want to eat a bowl of rice simmered together with seaweed and egg. If you are having one of those days, have a try at this Oyako Don. I thought this was just a very typical don. Nothing much to rave about.

Ham Cutlet ($7.80)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Ham Cutlet

If you like ham or luncheon meat, you will adore this dish. The ham comes in a "shiok" (Singlish for sheer pleasure) thick cut and is not overly salty. As you can see from the photo, the tempura batter is very thinly coated onto the ham. Therefore, this ham cutlet doesn't taste so oily.

Chicken Fillet Cutlet (3pc: $9.80)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Chicken Fillet Cutlet

The most unique point of Imakatsu is that they have a tray of assorted salt dip for their chicken and pork cutlets. Depending on the dish ordered, they will serve you a few of the salts out of these six:

1. Truffle Salt - Luxurious salt made with black truffle that goes well with Premium Pork Fillet Cutlet. Also goes well with wine and beer.

2. Yuzu Salt - Salt made with Yuzu from the Kochi Prefecture. Slightly sweet, the salt gives a zesty taste to cutlets.

3. Natural Salt - (Even their natural salt is special) Natural salt from Shimonoseki contains many minerals and are especially effective in promoting good health. Good with all cutlets.

4. Sudachi Salt - Salt made using Japanese Sudachi (Japanese green citrus). Aromatic and acidic, the salt goes well with beer and Japanese sake.

5. Lemon Salt - Fresh lemon squeezed directly on natural salt to refresh the palate. Recommended with white wine.

6. Wasabi Salt - The strong aroma of wasabi perfectly complements the natural salt. Goes well with Japanese sake.


For the chicken fillet cutlet, I found that a little bit of those yuzu salt was perfect. Oh, and they taste good. 

But really, the main star has gotta be this:

Mentaiko Pork Loin ($16.80)

Imakatsu Boat Quay - Mentaiko Pork Loin

BEST MENTAIKO TONKATSU IN TOWN. Firstly, as you would have probably noticed, the layer of fats for their cutlets are thinner than other Japanese restaurants, which eliminates the part about Tonkatsu being oily. Second, by some sort of skillful cooking, the exterior of the cutlet is extremely crispy, yet it taste almost as if they did not use any oil. Lastly, the meat is tender and surprisingly moist. Paired with the unique flavours of mentaiko, seaweed, and green onions, this tonkatsu will make you want to say hello to it over and over again.

Tonkatsu Rating (out of 5 Evilbeans):

With such good food and super friendly service, you can be sure of an enjoyable dining experience with your friends and family. Because we did.

Food Bloggers - Kaiting, Evilbean, Ginevi and Jieling

Thank you Imakatsu SG for hosting us and Gin for extending the invite!

Singapore - Imakatsu @ Boat Quay

Imakatsu @ Boat Quay

52 Boat Quay, 
Singapore 049841
Nearest MRT Station: Clark Quay
Tel: +65 6532 2078
Opening Hours: 

Mon - Fri: 
Lunch: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Last order 3:00 PM)
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Last order 11:00 PM)

Lunch: Closed
Dinner: 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM (Last order 11:00 PM)

Lunch: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (Last order 3:00 PM)
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Last order 9:00 PM)

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