224 East Coast Road
Singapore 428921

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Tuesday:
11:00am - 09:30pm

Wednesday:
11:00am - 09:30pm

Thursday:
11:00am - 09:30pm

Friday:
11:00am - 09:30pm

Saturday:
11:00am - 09:30pm

Sunday:
11:00am - 09:30pm

Monday:
11:00am - 09:30pm

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We had so many dishes and loved all of them. The dishes truly brought back memories of Taiwan. They have Taiwan drinks like the (slightly bitter but very nice) sour plum drink too! Must try the lu rou fan and their famous starters! Def recommended! :)

There’s just something comforting about this Taiwanese dish even though it is simply made of braised pork belly over rice.

So we decided to grab a bowl @isshinmachi.sg, a new Taiwanese cafe along East Coast Road. The small bowl of Japanese pearl rice was heaped with tender braised meat, egg and picked vegetables. But it is on the pricey end and slightly lacking in flavour

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The photo on the menu definitely played a big part in my ordering this, and reality certainly met up with expectations, at least visually. Theoretically everything should have worked – toss the saucy noodles together with the pickled mustard greens, braised pork and smash that oozy yolk right in for a melange of umami, but alas twas not to be, as everything was a teeny bit underseasoned for my liking. Not that it was bad or anything, and the tender pork chop was super tasty.

Taste: 3/5

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Big crunch and bold, spicy, garlicky flavours make this a great starter to whet your appetite.

Taste: 3/5

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The insides were rather hard and dry, making me suspect these were mass-produced frozen dumplings, which is ok in my books, just not for this price.

Taste: 2.5/5

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Came across this new Taiwanese F&B establishment named Isshin Machi fairly recently on social media; turns out that they are just located at East Coast Road taking over the former premises of now-defunct Tall Girl Cuisine just a few doors away from Brawn & Brains Coffee, right beside Forty Hands Coffee — pretty much a location that I am pretty familiar with.

If anything is to be said about the menu here, the variety of dishes offered here seems to be pretty wide as compared to most Taiwanese-themed eateries around the island, serving up appetisers, snacks, fried dishes, vegetables, rice, soup and noodles. It was difficult to take our eyes off from the Fried Rice with Specially Marinated Pork Chop — some may affectionately call it as the Din Tai Fung fried rice, being the Taiwanese-style egg fried rice that is served with pork chop on the side. Digging into the dish, this item was a clear winner — the fried rice using short-grain rice which was pearly and distinguishable by-the-grain; nicely lacquered with just enough oil without being ever greasy; carries a slight hint of egginess but largely savoury, being a variant that would do well for those who prefer slightly heavier flavours. The Specially Marinated Pork Chop was the true stunner — slight crisp on the outside, the slab of pork has been tenderised for a good texture; juicy and easy to chew, each piece was something to be savoured slowly and carries sufficient meatiness in its flavour without a porky stench. A very well-executed plate of Taiwanese-style fried rice that we found exceptionally easy to finish; so much that it was wiped off clean in no-time.

Must say that Isshin Machi is a spot that serves up pretty good Taiwanese fare — liked how seem to be also very generous with their meats especially for the rice dishes. Given how the dishes here are being served here though, we would suggest coming here with a small group of 3 to 4 if one is looking to try more items on the menu. Still, it’s pretty much of a hidden gem in Katong for now — known to residents, but certainly somewhere I would make my way down to settle my cravings; a spot worth looking out for!

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