Monday, August 31, 2009


Anything japanese-hailing tends to be more promising. Ootoya is a budget teishoku chain from Tokyo whose first foray in Singapore have been euphoniously well-liked. They are probably one of those few worth the patience in scavenging Central Orchard (aka the vertical maze) for. The mall, is one terribly confusing place.

I'm skipping my minor grouses about service & crowd management on a busy friday evening. Food is priority. The menu hosted a veritable variety of proteins, all substantiable as a set meal by choice. Interestingly every dish also had a perturbing calorie count attached. At least to say, one among us was perturbed.

Tofu & Wakame Seaweed Salad

A Tofu & Wakame Seaweed Salad ($6) to kick off healthily. Fresh whites, greens and reds adorned with irregularly shaped homemade tofu blobs and little sardine babies.

Charbroiled Alaskan Red Snapper Set

I'm guessing the rationale for anyone insisting to have the Charbroiled Alaskan Red Snapper Set ($17) is health-related. This generous serving of white fish had the most numerous bones & also the lowest energy-supplying devils. I watched her half-complain, half-chomp on the bones (which she complained about) but they didn't last for long.

Rice with Charcoal Grilled Pork Set

Rice with Charcoal Grilled Pork ($14) wow. The tender rounds & accompanying sauce were so deliciously seasoned.. i dare say it is one of the nicest pork dish i've had in years. Loved it plenty.

Charbroiled Alaskan Red Salmon

The Charbroiled Alaskan Red Salmon ($13) though not fascinating, displayed excellent qualities. The cut of Alaskan Salmon was done nicely firm, accompanied with some condensed leek miso dip and a moreish hijiki salad so super scrummy.

Whoever that man was, i revelled in having a Japanese assigned to serve our food haha. And their lovely chunky miso soup yum. Damn we should NEVER have bypassed desserts here for the whatsoever Fruit(tart)Paradise crap. Arrgh deluded.

181 Orchard Road
#08-12 Orchard Central
6884 8901


  1. I love Ootoya too. A revisit is in the cards.

  2. this is a budget japanese restaurant? the pictures look gorgeous =) especially the Rice with charcoal grilled pork set.

    what other pork dishes would you have eaten that might be comparable to it?



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