Thursday, July 21, 2016

Bonta Bonta Omotenashi Gozen Rice & Dashi

Buta no shio koji yaki gozen

I'm starting to notice a pattern at the new Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria. The shops with the longest lines tend to be the ones featuring food that people are likely the most familiar with, like the sushi shop, the soba shop, and the ramen shop. The shops with the shortest (or even no) lines are the ones that feature food that is relatively unfamiliar, such as the karaage shop...or this one (435 Orchard Road #04-39, 6262-3207).

To be sure, the physical venue of this shop is probably what also keeps people away. From the outside, it looks like just an onigiri shop doing takeout orders. It's not clear that there are seats behind where you can actually order full sets like this. And even after you figured out that there were meals, it literally came with instructions on how to eat it.

Basically, forget the protein that you see above. As the name suggests, they specialize in rice and dashi. That might sound kinda boring, but I loved it, as you basically made your own ochazuke. The broth was delicate and savory, and the rice was pearly and smooth. And you get unlimited refills of the rice and soup. I had three sets of refills, and I left here ready to explode.

Total digression here, but how the heck did Burnt Ends *not* get a Michelin star tonight?? Sheesh. Kudos to Shisen Hanten though.


Gakuchi said...

It looks like Shio-koji pork.

bma said...

It was.