Ootoya Japanese Restaurant ~ One of the more popular dining outlets in Orchard Central when the mall opened 2 years ago, commanding a queue during both lunch and dinner times. It serves affordable Teishoku (set meal which includes main, rice and soup) with a taste of Japanese home cooking, in a casual and comfortable environment.
Well, the queue has now migrated over to the Japanese buffet restuarant next door, but I'm still faithfully drawn to this lovely place. It never fails to lure me back numerous times with its smoky tasty char-grilled chicken. Somehow, I'm kinda grateful I don't have to stand in queue waiting to taste the oishii chicken anymore :p
But since I've always order the same chicken, I thought to be different and ordered something else this time.
The Sumibutadon (set S$23.50++ / a-la-carte S$20.50) looks enticing from the picture in the menu so I decided this is going to be it. The rice bowl of charcoal grilled pork comes with miso soup and side dishes of mushrooms, green vegetables and pickles if you ordered the set.
The pork loin is nicely flavored and drizzled with a sweet sauce which is rather appetizing and goes very well with the warm white rice. However, I find it a tad dry and prefer it to be less chewy. It's only 807kcal if I finish the whole set and I would say it's still worth the calories.
My dining companion went for Katsutoji (set S$23.50 / A-la-carte S$18.50), which is breaded deep fried pork cutlet simmered in special sauce with egg and sweet onion. He finds the sauce a bit too salty for his liking and I echoed the same sentiments after tasting it.
I'm a bit consoled when I saw this mini poster which is pasted on the wall next to our table. Well, at least I know pork is a power of nutrition and I'm getting essential nutrients like vitamin B1, fat and protein to feed and nourish my body.
I find myself reminiscing about my usual charcoal grilled chicken throughout the meal. Yes, I should have been more faithful to the chicken :(
You know what I'd be ordering when I return next :)
Ootoya Japanese Restaurant
Address: 181 Orchard Road #08-12, Orchard Central Singapore
Contact: +65 6884 8901
Opening Hours: 11am - 10.30pm (last order at 9.30pm)