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Sunday, June 29, 2008

#04-24, Takashimaya Shopping Centre
6735 7522

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.

The main stars of the day have to be the set meals we ordered. Since portions are rather substantial, we decided to share 2 set meals which come with rice, miso soup, cabbage and fruits.
My favourite is the Prawn and Rosu Katsu set ($24++). ‘Rosu’ stands for pork loin in Japanese. The deep fried breaded pork loin is very good! The texture is not too chewy, the flavour is rich and it has just the right amount of fat. The prawns are quite large and very fresh.

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.


2:35 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


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