The number of Japanese eateries in Singapore offering Tonkatsu on their menu is increasingly on the rise. When misterchewy and I have a craving for these breaded, deep fried pork cutlet, we usually head to Tampopo or Ootoya, which serve the best Tonkatsu in Singapore. These two are comparable and it’s tough to decide which is better. So, we decided to get out of our comfort zone and try Tonkichi at Orchard Central, even though Ootoya is located within the same building 😛
Tonkichi, by the Pokka Food group, is well established in Singapore with five restaurants under its belt. The Rosu Katsu Set ($22.90) was fairly remarkable with tender breaded cuts of meat but it was nowhere as juicy as the ones we had at Tampopo and Ootoya. The pull factor is that rice and cabbage slices can be refilled at no additional cost, for all set meals at Tonkichi
Since the husband was having tonkatsu, yours truly went for the Tonkotsu Ramen ($15.90) instead.
Everything about this bowl of ramen is good enough reason as to why it is not the best Tonkotsu ramen in Singapore. The broth lacked oomph, the ramen noodles were not firm enough and the char siu was just average. The only consolation was the delicious egg with a slightly runny yolk.
We recently came across one Japanese eatery, also in Orchard, that serves fantastic Tonkotsu broth and we have every intention to go there again soon. As for Tonkatsu, let’s just say that we will be sticking to our favourites – Tampopo and Ootoya, for now 😉
181 Orchard Road
Tel: 6238 7976
11am – 11pm (Last order at 10pm)