Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ootoya (大戸屋) @ Orchard Central

This was my second visit to Ootoya and this time, with my beloved mother and "forever young" elder sister (ironically, the younger sister looks older)!

My first visit was memorable and i really enjoyed the food for its simplicity (even the menu was simple and to the point)!

No doubt, this restaurant is highly popular with natives (Japanese) and that's always an accurate gauge of its authenticity!

Before i start on what we had eaten, kindly keep in mind that most main dishes have an option for set meal that includes plain rice, miso soup and an appetiser.

Rice is refillable for free and various toppings are available on the rice for an additional cost!

Savoury, with more ingredients than the common miso soup.

Eh....... They should omit this item and give us something really appetising!

Charbroiled Alaskan Red Salmon
Usually, i would not order any fish dishes when i am dining out! The conviction would however be broken whenever the mother is out with us.

Reddish alright, the meat was too dry that screamed of overcooking by the kitchen. Nothing much i can comment since salmon has always tasted delicious when it's fresh and cook within an optimal duration.

Fried Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce
(Torikurozu )
Tasted suspiciously like the Chinese Gu Lu Rou (sweet and sour pork), the crispy exterior was a marvel to have while the fresh vegetables balanced an otherwise pretty unhealthy meal. 

Did i mention that the meat was so soft, so so tender and so so so fresh?!

Rice with Charcoal Grilled Chicken
(Sumitoridon)
Topped with green leafy vegetables, this was almost like the usual teriyaki chicken don but the taste was more than ordinary.

Most of the times, it's the teriyaki sauce that gives the flavour but in this case, the fresh chicken thigh meat played an equally important role. 

Ootoya is secretive on what sauce was used (termed nicely as special sauce) though.

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Location
181 Orchard Road #08-12
Orchard Central

Price
Sumitoridon - S$11.00
Salmon (Set) - S$17.00
Torikurozu (Set) - S$16.00
Subject to 10% Service Charge and 7% GST

Additional Information
Health conscious people will definitely enjoy reading the calories listed on the menu for each dish and make their choice wisely!

For me, life is short and we should enjoy the utmost in everything we do and eat.


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