Again, went food exploring with Damien* over shopping one of the days... this time, we decided to pop into Ootoya Japanese Restaurant for lunch. The simple but tastefully-furnished Japanese restaurant, located at 181 Orchard Road #08-12 Orchard Central Singapore 238896 (Tel: 6884 8901), did not have any queue that day.
Done in comfortable and earthly hues of brown and white, embracing rich Japanese interior designs, this clean-cut restaurant was a soothing, relaxing atmosphere for lovers of Japanese food lovers - gatherings for friends, family meals etc, all suitable.
For lack of ideas on what to order, but mindful that we had to conserve space in our bellies for desserts elsewhere after lunch, I decided to have porridge. There were a lot of interesting food items in the menu, and we were spoilt for choices. The wait staff, while not exceedingly friendly, were polite and efficient enough.
Damien*, with his anti-carbo diet, ordered a grilled fish dish.
While awaiting main courses, we were served tiny dishes of starters - Kimchi (a traditional Korean fermented vegetables made with a variety of seasonings, tasting spicy and sour at the same time) and black beans with seaweed. Both were sumptuous starters, appetite whetting for sure.
Next came my hot, sizzling pot of Mixed Grain Chicken Porridge cooked with Soy Milk - yes, it is nutritious and sumptuous at the same time. The thick, gooey porridge filled with a mixture of grains - filled the mouth with stickness deliciousness. The chicken was tender and brocooli soft; I finished every single grain of this dish.
We spent about SGD$20.00 per person, which was very affordable for a lovely lunch.