I was enjoying my meal at Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke by Celebrity Chef Keisuke Takeda when I was asked to make a guess what his next concept might be.
My first thought was, "could it be omurice?". Afterall, omurice is a popular dish in Japan that's much-loved by both adults and kids, and could possibly be well-received in Singapore too.
Looks like my hunch is correct as Omurice Keisuke recently-opened its door at Bugis+ a few days ago.
Time for some classic Japanese comfort food!
The casual eatery is clearly visible once the escalator brought us up to level 4 of the shopping mall. No reservation is accepted so we escaped the queue by going during off-peak hours.
With just 22 seats and closely-packed tables, Omurice Keisuke is decidedly not the place for HTHT sessions, but serves as an ideal choice for a simple, satisfying meal.
For an entertaining view of the open kitchen's going-ons, do request for the counter seats.
It was a salivating wait as I watched the chefs prepare the omurice dish.
Originating more than 100 years ago in Kyushu, omurice is essentially a Western-influenced Japanese dish that consists of a wrapped omelette ("omu") over Western fried rice with ketchup. This Japanese soul food is a staple dish in many Japanese homes and restuarants, and most Japanese have grown up eating omurice.
The dish is usually reasonably-priced and affordable to the masses, and the menu at Omurice Keisuke reflects this well.
An Omurice Set is priced at only $9.90++, and the Combo: Omurice + Spaghetti Set (Nepolitan or Mentaiko) cost just a little more at $12.90++.
All sets are served with Salad of our choice - Potato, Coleslaw, Green, Boiled Spinach with Japanese Dashi Stock - and Miso Soup.
There is also a selection of Sauces - Demi Glace, Chilli Tomato, Wafu (Soyabase), Creamy White - that you can choose to pair with your omurice. Cheese lovers can opt for additional topping of Cheese Sauce ($2), made from a combination of mozzarella and two types of cheddars.
We can even oomph up the omurice dish further with protein toppings such as Chicken Wing ($2++), Deep-fried Prawn ($3++), Teriyaki Chicken Hamburg ($3++), and Pork Spareribs ($3++).
The omurice combo arrived looking greatly inviting with omurice with chili tomato sauce, and choice of mentaiko spaghetti and teriyaki chicken hamburg all lined up attractively on a plate. We can also express our creativity by drawing on the omurice with ketchup and mayonnaise. Quite fun in a way!
To be honest, I was expecting the omurice to be served in a more theatrical style. You know, like those omelette which are cylindrical in shape and unfurls with a custardy center once it's cut open. But never mind lah, taste is ultimately more important than showmanship, right?
Happy to say, the omelette was fantastic! Luscious, soft and creamy, the locally-farmed eggs (which come from hens fried with omega-rich grains) was cooked to a most ideal texture and paired deliciously with the Japanese fried rice with ketchup dashi, diced chicken and corn.
Both the chili tomato sauce and cheese sauce suited the omurice well, but I probably skip the latter next time. Don't get me wrong. It was a yummy addition but too calorific for an expanding waistline.
The mentaiko spaghetti was okay but not quite a personal highlight.
If you enjoy the beef hamburg at Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashui Keisuke Bettei, do order the chicken version here. You will find the chicken hamburg just as delightful.
Though the omurice meal was enjoyable, my attempt to finish it was futile as portion is rather generous. Even my guy friend find it so filling lol.
Overall, I think Omurice Keisuke's "can-eat-until-full-full" and great value-for-money yummy omurice will appeal to the crowd at Bugis+. Worth a visit.
Address: Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, #04-01, Singapore 188067
Contact: +65 6634 4558
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm (last order at 9.30pm
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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