Nippon Ichi Sushi Sdn. Bhd. Restaurant review

nippon ichi sushi

Nippon Ichi Sushi Sdn. Bhd. Restaurant is the latest Japanese restaurant in Sibu. It also holds the dubious distinction of being the first to have “Private Limited (Sdn. Bhd.)” as part of the eating establishment’s name.

nippon ichi sushi stairs

Nippon Ichi Sushi Sdn. Bhd. Restaurant (Nippon Ichi Sushi restaurant henceforth) is located on the second floor of a row of shop houses near the Sibu Civic Center. The entire restaurant is glass paneled and the entrance is via a small staircase to the side.

nippon ichi sushi stairs ads

The staircase leading up to Nippon Ichi Sushi restaurant has a vacancy notice as well as the various Japanese fare available at the restaurant in printed, full color photos adorning the otherwise dull staircase.

nippon ichi sushi entrance

Nippon Ichi Sushi has its entrance proper at the second floor, complete with wood paneling and etched signboards as well as the traditional Japanese cloth hanging on the doorway. The business hours are also listed in a small notice to the side.

nippon ichi sushi tatami

The interior of Nippon Ichi Sushi is filled with new age tatami style dining enclaves, with each area partially cordoned off for privacy. There are approximately six tatami areas, which constitutes the main seating arrangements of the eating establishment.

nippon ichi sushi bar

Nippon Ichi Sushi also has a sushi bar located at the reception…

nippon ichi sushi vip

…as well as a VIP dining room which was occupied when I went there for dinner just now.

nippon ichi sushi tatami cell

The tatami dining concept is unique as each tatami dining unit has its own air conditioning and lighting, with a view though the glass paneled walls. There isn’t much of a view to speak of, but I like the cellular nature of the tatami units.

nippon ichi sushi tatami nu

Nippon Ichi Sushi doesn’t really have tatami mats for dining (thus the new age comment above) but rather tatami style seating arrangements with flat pillows for seats and a dug out (recessed pit) for you to put your legs in, so you don’t actually need to learn the ways of the Japanese tatami seating kung fu (which will cause leg cramps).

nippon ichi sushi green tea

The waitress will serve green tea (RM 2) as the default drink upon arrival, which is refillable (unlimited refills).

nippon ichi sushi idako

This is Idako Sashimi (RM 6) which is baby octopus with sesame seeds. We had this for the appetizer, as recommended by the waitress.

nippon ichi sushi nigiri

It is Sushi Day at Nippon Ichi Sushi so we has the Nigiri Sushi (RM 18) which is basically a sampler of sushi with tuna, salmon, swordfish, ebiko and several other sushi and maki items.

nippon ichi sushi dynamite

The waitress also recommended the Dynamite Maki (Spicy Tuna Maki) which is their specialty. Dynamite Maki (RM 19) is Spicy Tuna Maki topped off with chilli powder – it is indeed a blast, pardon the pun. The maki is spicy and goes well with wasabi (spicy x 2).

nippon ichi sushi rainbow

We also had the Rainbow Maki (RM 13) which is a sampler of maki with octopus, yellowtail, tuna and fusions of sashimi cuts.

nippon ichi sushi rainbow 1

It truly earned its name as the Rainbow Maki…

nippon ichi sushi rainbow 2

…with the colors and ingredients…

nippon ichi sushi rainbow 3

…creating fusion and experimental maki.

nippon ichi sushi macha

The dessert came in the form of Macha Ice Cream (RM 8) which is green tea ice cream. This is the best dish from the entire night and it probably came out of a small ice cream tub with “Made in Japan” stamped on it.

nippon ichi sushi macha best

Still, it’s great macha ice cream…not sweet at all, with hints of tea coming from the small granules hidden throughout the ice cream.

nippon ichi sushi bill

Nippon Ichi Sushi disappointed me with their mediocre Japanese fare and it wasn’t until I paid the bill (RM 74.48) that I realized why – the waitress told me that the sushi chef was on leave and a junior apprentice took his place!

nippon ichi sushi decor

Nippon Ichi Sushi has great macha ice cream (and amazing decor) and I like the tatami dining concept, but I cannot recommend the place with good conscience due to its mediocre sushi. I would have to check out the place again when the sushi chef is back, but allowing a junior apprentice to serve food without warning patrons in advance is simply unacceptable for a place of its stature.

It gets a rare two thumbs down from me.


Quiksilver – Rock On (M) T-shirt

qst rock on bag

My girlfriend went to KL recently and got me a T-shirt from Quiksilver (perhaps my favorite label for apparel).

qst rock on shirt

The T-shirt retails for RM 79.90 and comes with the designation QST ROCK ON – QuikSilver T-shirt – Rock On motif.

qst rock on design

Here’s a close up of the front of the QuikSilver – Rock On design – it has a gritty color scheme and hard lines with some neon colors.

qst rock on me

This is the (obligatory?) camwhore shot. πŸ˜‰

I just came back from the circus and I’m going out for dinner soon so I’ll reply all the comments when I get back. I’ll update again later. Cheers all!


Dicogesic Tablets – Dihydrocodeine Tartrate 30 mg

dicogesic dihydrocodeine

Dicogesic is a generic preparation of dihydrocodeine tartrate 30 mg tablets made by Duopharma in Malaysia. I managed to get a script of 60 tablets of DHC (dihydrocodeine) filled just now and the interesting thing about Dicogesic Tablets is that it’s smaller than DF-118 and it comes in a blister pack.

dicogesic blister pack front

The blister pack of Dicogesic contains 10 small tablets of 30 mg dihydrocodeine tartrate. The tablets are green and it’s much smaller than GSK DF-118 tablets. This is an important distinction as I’ve had Dicogesic in the past and it seems to produce much less constipation than DF-118 (which is notorious for its constipation inducing properties) probably due to the lower chalk content in the Dicogesic tablet.

dicogesic blister pack back

Qualitatively, there is no difference between Dicogesic and DF-118 tablets – both contains 30 mg of DHC in each tablet. Surprisingly, Dicogesic seems to retail for much higher than the original DF-118 tablets, for reasons unknown to me. However, the reduced binders and fillers (especially chalk, which is present in large amounts in DF-118 tablets) makes it a much more palatable alternative to DF-118.

dicogesic front close

This is a close up of the blister pack – Dicogesic Tablets comes in the standard bubble blister pack with the tablets visible through the front.

dicogesic back close

The back of the blister pack lists the contents of the Dicogesic Tablets – Dihydrocodeine Tartrate 30 mg.

dicogesic tablets

Dicogesic tablets are green and has a four leaved clover logo on one side and the letter ‘P’ on the other. The logo looks remarkably like the Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals logo and the blister pack design for dihydrocodeine is unusual since most DHC preparations comes in loose tablets in 500 or 1000 tablet containers.

Dicogesic gets a thumbs up from me, despite being a generic preparation, coz the reduced chalk content does not cause problems that users of DF-118 encounters – prolonged constipation. πŸ˜‰


Erimin photos

erimin box

Erimin is the brand name for nimetazepam manufactured by Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals in Japan. It is a benzodiazepine with hypnotic and anxiolytic properties and can usually be found in 5 mg individual foil wrap packets or strips. It is often called Erimin 5 on the streets. This is the box which Erimin comes from – it has the familiar red color scheme and the Sumitomo logo (looks like a four leaved clover) and each box contains 10 strips of 10 x 5 mg Erimin tablets.

erimin box strip

Erimin is usually encountered on the streets in the form of a 10 pill strip – an aluminum foil with perforations on each tablet, making it very suitable for single pill (Erimin is a small reddish pill) distribution and it is the most commonly used drug in Malaysia. It has recently been put under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 schedule, making it illegal to possess with higher penalties. It used to be under the Poisons Act like most benzodiazepines but rampant use of Erimin (nimetazepam) has caused the rescheduling in Malaysia.

erimin box 8000

Erimin is considered a rare and exotic benzodiazepine in certain countries and is illegal in some countries e.g. Malaysia, but is legally prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders in Japan. The Sumitomo box containing 100 tablets of 5 mg Erimin is from Japan and it is quite rare for someone to be in possession of a box of Erimin due to legality issues. It is, however, just another benzodiazepine and is usually consumed with alcohol in recreational use circles and as a come down pill for Ecstasy (MDMA) users and also methamphetamine users.

Erimin is quite euphoric in large amounts (around 10 pills – one strip) for benzodiazepine tolerant people (this is not a dosage guide) and is the benzodiazepine of choice for recreation for most people. I would rate the effects of this particular benzodiazepine derivative above Xanax (alprazolam) and on par with Rohypnol (flunitazepam).

Previous posts on Erimin:
Erimin pill photos []
Erimin 5 experience report []
Nimetazepam vs nitrazepam []
Erimin myths and street lore []

Disclaimer: The first photo of the Sumitomo box containing Erimin is not a shot taken in my room in Sibu. The Erimin box picture is for informative purposes only and does not imply in any way that the author possesses large amounts of Erimin 5 mg. I do not possess any nimetazepam (Erimin) and I would suggest that anyone in possession of Erimin maintain the same disclaimer since it has been rescheduled into the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

The Pharmaceuticals posts are back. πŸ™‚


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