181 Orchard Road, #08-12, Orchard Central, Singapore
Phone: (65) 6884 8901
Dearest Readers, my sincere apologies for the lack of updates as I went back home for a very very short break. (Finally, a holiday off work!) I am in the process of collating all the pictures and writing up my entries, so keep a look out! 😛
Here’s my very first post on Singapore:
Ever want to indulge in homemade Japanese food and knowing the amount of calories that you are actually ingesting for a healthier eating? Ootoya is definitely the place to visit! It is one of my favourite Japanese hunts back home, you can always see a bee line in front of the restaurant during lunch and dinner. It would be your lucky day if you manage to get a seat straightaway. (A little background on Ootoya, it is a chain of restaurants in Japan and it has now expanded to various parts of Asia successfully. In Singapore alone, we have two outlets!)
Flipping through the menu that is filled with alluring pictures of the food, my parents and I were at a lost as to which ones to pick! After much contemplation, Daddy settled for the balanced Torisalad Set (922 cal): Charcoal grilled chicken salad with basil sauce. Tender and sweet chicken thigh fillet that was lightly grilled and accompanied by fresh salad with side dishes, rice and miso soup. Daddy was happy with his selection and it is one Ootoya’s signature dishes too!
Mummy got herself Torikurozu Set (1098 cal): Deep fried chicken with sweet and sour kurozu sauce. The sauce was made onsite by the chef with Ootoya’s very own black vinegar which enhanced the dish with its mild sour taste. The chicken was crispy and juicy, not overdone. It reminded me of my favourite Sweet and Sour Pork dish! Also, with healthy eating in mind, the meal was completed with a side salad and pickles; the chicken was served together with eggplants, carrots and lotus. 🙂
As for me, initially I ordered one of their more popular dishes featuring scallops and prawns. However, I was advised by one of the waiters that they have run out of scallops for the day and I had to order something else. Looking through the menu again briefly, the Beef Burger set caught my attention with its presentation: tempting mushrooms and beautifully sliced onions placed on top with the awesome looking sauce all over. It looked like heaven! Indeed, the picture did not lie. The dish was yum! 😀 Beef was tender and soft, the mushrooms had maintained their juiciness and light fragrance. Of course, the sauce drizzle on top was just the right sweetness and added a notch to the already fabulous dish. The little salad ball at the side was a delight and by dipping it in the sauce, you just want to lick the plate clean.
Ootoya is definitely one of those authentic Japanese restaurants that one would visit for some homemade indulgence. ^_^ The taste of the Beef Burger dish is still vivid in my mind at this moment… NOM! (Side note, we always have free flow of Japanese Green Tea, unlike the Japanese restaurants in Melbourne which charge you extra for it. T_T)