Thursday, December 20, 2012

Homely Japanese Fare at Ootoya

When Ootoya first opened in Singapore at Orchard Central some years back, it was an instant hit despite its location at a mall notoriously known for its steep, spiralling carpark access, lack of toilets on the 1st floor and awkward layout.

Now with moore outlets opened, Ootoya provides more accessibility and options to diners.

I am happy to find one near home at the relatively new Changi City Point. :)   

Sis had the Aji Set ($20) with a horse mackerel split down its middle and grilled over charcoal. Its flesh was firm and its flavour a pleasant salinity.

I went for the Hokke Yuan Set ($19) that featured thick pieces of atka mackerel fillet. The skin was a tad burnt but surprisingly and thankfully, there wasn't that chao tar bitterness. This mackerel spotted a softer, sweeter flesh.

Mum decided on the Shogayaki ($18.50) that had slices of Sangen pork from Kagoshima prefecture in Japan, stir fried with ginger and onions. The flavours were rather familiar and comforting as stir fried pork with ginger is a common Chinese dish in Singapore. The pork was a little bit fatty and juicy! :p

Most meals here offer the option of a set. For an additional $5, one gets rice, miso soup and appetisers. What's moore that the rice, miso soup and thinly sliced cabbage salad are all free-flow! YAY. Sorry lah, this carbo fan loves free-flow rice. Moohahaha.

Speaking of rice, one can opt for white rice or the Gokoku Gohan. I would recommend the latter as it was a delicious, wholesome mix of brown rice, barley, black sesame, white sesame and corn...at no additional charge! 

Reasonably priced, homely Japanese dishes are what makes Ootoya such a hit.

Ootoya
#01-30/31
Changi City Point (other various outlets)
Tel: 6636 1228

Chew On This: Visit this Changi City Point outlet during weekdays and get 1-for-1 Kirin beer and desserts!

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