There is something about Japanese cuisine that makes even the simplest dishes look and taste luxurious. But only when it’s prepared just right. Ishikiya Japanese Restaurant is one place that you’re guaranteed to find delicious Japanese food, and owner Jie loves putting smile on his customers’ faces.
Some of Jie’s funniest moments at Ishikiya have been the interesting orders they receive.
“We once had a customer order the Chicken Teriyaki Bento with no teriyaki sauce… And we’ve had some really big orders, like a takeaway with 40 different dishes!” he said. “This one isn’t an order, but we also had two customers fall in love and get married because they liked our dishes so much.” We need to hear more about that story!
According to Jie, Ishikiya is most known for their sushi, sashimi, and chicken dishes. But, out of everything on the menu, what would he choose if he could only eat one meal for the rest of his life?
“I would choose Sashimi — it’s healthy, tasty and comforting,” he said.
While staff at Ishikiya usually delight customers with their food, Jie recalls a time that they made a customer’s day a little differently, and a time that a customer made his.
“We had some customers in the restaurant celebrating their birthday, and they were about to end their night. We surprised them by presenting a dessert with lit candles and singing happy birthday to them!” he said. “Customers also make our day when they bring us a box of chocolates at Christmas time. We do not expect this, but it makes us extremely happy.”
When he’s not busy making customers smile or serving up delicious Japanese food, Jie can be found eating a tasty burger at Grill’d. Outside of the Centre, Jie enjoys oil painting and creating digital art. Okay, we’re a bit jealous of all these talents.
The next time you have a hankering for Japanese — or even just a delicious meal, head down to Ishikiya Japanese Restaurant and say hi to Jie. The venue is beautiful and the staff are friendly, creating an overall incredible atmosphere. Want a dish recommendation for this colder weather? Jie thinks you should try the Tempura Udon Soup and Sawahime Tokubetsu Junmai to warm your soul. Happy eating!