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Ootoya (大戸屋) @ Orchard Central

Ootoya at Orchard Central
Ootoya at Orchard Central

Ootoya (大戸屋) is an international Japanese restaurant chain with outlets in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and now, Singapore.

The Singapore restaurant is located in Orchard Central and serves  quality, simple Japanese cuisine.

Inside Ootoya, guests get to sit on tatami if they like
Inside Ootoya, guests get to sit on tatami if they like

In Japan, Ootoya is marketed as a budget restaurant whereas in Singapore, it is positioned as mid-range, slightly upmarket. I have not tried Ootoya in Japan, but I like what I ate in Singapore.

I went back twice within a week – the first time with my buddies, Leon and Ding An; the second time with Rachel.

The menu is a little limited with only around ten pages of food items. The items are mainly simple Japanese fare and you will not find local influenced items like crab stick sushi or fanciful fusion stuff.

The colourful menu, filled with mouth-watering photos
The colourful menu, filled with mouth-watering photos

The main courses all come with lots of accompanying side dishes. I like it that a tad more effort done on the side dishes as compared to most similar priced Japanese restaurant in Singapore. For instance, the miso soup actually had visible bits of pork in it and the pickled cucumber was served with prawn roes on top.

My order on my first visit - chicken katsu set
My order on my first visit – chicken katsu set
Close-up of my chicken katsu don
Close-up of my chicken katsu don
Visible pork bits and vegetable in the miso soup
Visible pork bits and vegetable in the miso soup
Ding An's order
Ding An’s order
Close-up of the claypot
Close-up of the claypot
Leon's order
Leon’s order
Close-up of the steamed rice and scallops
Close-up of the steamed rice and scallops
Soup that came with Leon's order
Soup that came with Leon’s order
My order on my second visit, pork katsu set
My order on my second visit, pork katsu set
Close-up of my pork katsu don
Close-up of my pork katsu don
Rachel's order
Rachel’s order
Teriyaki chicken salad
Teriyaki chicken salad

I am likely to visit Ootoya again and would recommend it for simple, quality Japanese dining at a fairly reasonable price. The Teriyaki chicken salad set was pretty memorable for me and I like the side dishes served with all the sets.

Address: 181 Orchard Road #08-12 Orchard Central Singapore
Tel: +65 6884 8901
Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm – 9.30pm

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