We were wondering around Suntec City on a weekday evening, surprised by how empty most restaurants were. A certain craving for pork led us to Tonkichi, owned and operated by the Pokka group, which also has the Domani and Rive Gauche brand under its fold. And to think I only associated Pokka with their namesake line of drinks!
Tonkichi is one of the many restaurants that surround the fountain of wealth at the basement of Suntec City. Occupying a reasonably large space, the restaurant's decor is simple and definitely catered to the masses.
Kuro Cheese Katsu - My initial plan was to order the Kurobuta Hire Katsu but they were out of it so I had to settle for the Kuro Cheese Katsu, which turned out to be a mistake. Sure, the katsu was nicely breaded and deep fried without coming across as overly oily, but being minced up meant that the texture was left wanting. To me, mincing beef kurobuta up is akin to mincing wagyu beef up to make patties - a total waste. Not even the very elastic cheese could save this dish.
Prawn & Hire - On the contrary, I thought that this "normal" pork (and prawn) dish fared a great deal better than its more illustrious cousin. The pork was tender, juicy and nicely breaded without the oily residue. Personally I preferred the prawns though, which were relatively large and bursting with natural sweetness that there was no need for any tartar sauce to give it taste.
I see promise in Tonkichi's food. And at about $50 for 2 pax , it would be a great place to have a nice tonkatsu dinner without bursting your wallet. Service was good and I'll be sure not to order any minced pork tonkatsu or the likes.
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Familiar? It’s at Suntec.
Well, I went in with a total of 5 friends, with no clue on everything other than japanese food. Then I realise that it’s more than just the food. Because it’s all about the money.
Frankly speaking, you do really need to be loaded before entering this restaurant to start eating there. Menu wise, their variety is limited but the sashimi is of good value. The normal sets (bento) are rather impressive on the outlook. Wait, the taste? Let’s continue.
I ordered a chicken katsu set that comes with a bowl of rice, miso soup, chawanmushi and two small slices of Tamago (Japanese Egg which are generally sweeter than the norm, for those who do not know.). Well, that “normal set” alone cost SGD$20. And it ain’t cheap. And the katsu taste normal. The soup was alright, so was the Tamago.
The disappointing one was the chawanmushi, which didn’t even met my expectations. Worse off than Sakae, when I thought that Sakae was bad enough. I made the wrong choice in choosing that set though because its kinda tasteless.
The highlight for this restaurant - sad to say - would just be the sashimi. My friend and I shared a Sashimi Moriawase (like a Sashimi Set). Consisting of 5 different sashimi varieties, the total cost for this is $35, more worth it than most restaurants. Why did I say so? Because the slices of fish they give you are THICK and FRESH.
But if I would want to say what I liked about the sashimi, then I would only recommend the Yellowtail Sashimi, or Hamachi in Japanese. In fact, it is the BEST Hamachi Sashimi I have eaten in years to come. Other places might serve better sashimi types, but the Yellowtail here is indeed different from other places.
In all, the service is normal, the ambience is normal, the food is normal - EXCEPT for that Hamachi. If you want to try more of it, then get more money before you enter.
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