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Sunday, June 29, 2008
#04-24, Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Jia Ling brought Bernard, Eric and I to this great Japanese restaurant for lunch. When we arrived, there was already quite a long queue (no reservation on weekends is allowed). We had to wait for about 20 minutes for a table but it was worth it.
Tonkichi specializes in “tonkatsu”—a combination of Japanese ‘ton’ for pork and ‘katsu’ for cutlet.
The Potato Salad ($4.50++) was nice but nothing to shout about.
The Tofu Katsu ($5.50++) which Jia Ling raved about was awesome! The tofu is minced with carrots before being breaded and deep fried. It was soft but still firm.
The deep fried Soft Shell Crab ($7.50++) was very small and a tad too greasy. This is not very value for money.
All the Rosu Katsu sets come with a bowl of sesame seeds for the sauce. As we grinded the seeds, the aroma started to waft out which was really fragrant.
Then, add the thick sweet sauce to the seeds and dip the rosu in it. Heavenly!
The Prawn and Crab Croquette set ($23++) is somewhat similar. I don’t really like the crab croquette as it has a cheese-like taste. Nevertheless, the batter was very light and not oily at all.
Service was efficient with frequent refilling of our tea. The cabbage and rice are free-flow, which I must say is quite admirable, given the recent price hike of rice. I spotted quite a few Japanese diners—which speaks volume about the authenticity and quality of the food here.
Almost everything on the menu is deep fried which may be a little too unhealthy. But really, when the food is this delicious, health precaution don’t stand a chance. Needless to say, I will definitely come back again for the oishi pork loin.
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