Saturday, November 17, 2007

Food 05: Tonkichi + Ajisen

Tonkichi at Ngee Ann City

Tonkichi is a Japaneses restaurant that specialised in selling katsu (everything that is deepfried). Previously this year I had a really bad experience with katsu at a restaurant in Vivocity so I was actually quite fearful of eating at Tonkichi despite reassures from my friend. Well, I should have known better to judge all for one for the food is good.


I ordered Rosu Katsu (tonkatsu loin) set for $19 with refillable rice and salad. There was no visible oiliness and I loved its crispness. Perhaps the serving was too big. It was just too much and the Katsu got to me a bit. Couldn't finish the huge pile of of cabbage as well (let alone asking for second helping). If you want to try the special sauce available you can either ask for it at $1 each or order the Jumbo Katsu which comes with 3 different sauces.

Another thing to note with Tonkichi was the grinding tool which they gave to us before the meal was served. Apparently you have to grind the sesame seeds which the pork can later be dipped onto. I was more fond of referring it as the entertainment tool that keeps customers from complaining while they wait for the food. =D

Rating: 7/10

Tonkichi is located at 91 Orchard Road, #04-24 Tower A, Ngee Ann City (visit their website for location of other branches)
Tel: 67357522 (cannot reserve on weekends)


Ajisen at Tampines Mall



I have never eaten at Ajisen before. This was my first and(hopefully) last time. My mother once commented that Ajisen ramen is instant noodles packaged nicely. And I agreed. Aijsen has a ramen set which costs $13.80 for one ramen of your choice, a side dish and drink.

The side dish was terrible. The fried tofu was tasteless and the sauce was equally bland. The gyoza was as bad. There was oil oozing out from where the dumpling was placed. It was also slightly burned. Thankfully it has more flavour than the tofu.

The ramen was normal. I ordered miso ramen which was spicy. There was nothing remarkable about it. The green tea appears not to be refillable. Fortunately the drink managed to last for the entire course.

Perhaps the only good thing about Aijsen was that it fills the stomach. But I could have just as easily be full by eating some cheap and tasty hawker food.

Rating: 5/10

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