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Tonkichi (Orchard Central)

AsianJapanese
Cosy comfort reminiscent of casual eateries in Japan. Decor is minimal but effective in creating a clean-cut look. Serves authentic tonkatsu from various cuts of high quality pork and seafood.

Daily: 11:00 - 23:00

+65 62387976
$32 based on 23 submissions
Dinner (10 votes), Lunch (10 votes), Children/Family (9 votes)
Rachel Cheow

Yummy tonkatsu

For a complete review with pictures, visit
http://rachelays.blogspot.sg/2013/03/tonkichi-at-orchard-central.html

Tonkichi is definitely one of my favourite places to go for tonkatsu! It is the only Tonkatsu specialty chain restaurant in Singapore. I love how their katsu is very thick and lean unlike most places where the meat is sliced thinly and you can't feel any shiokness while eating it. I went there on a Friday evening to celebrate a friend's birthday. We arrived at around 6.30pm and there was no queue. By 7, there was a queue formed and the waiting time could be quite long so do go early to secure a seat or make a reservation!

Mentaiko Kasane Katsu $29.90
I love drenching the shredded cabbage with the seaweed sauce (idk what it is called). So good!! The Mentaiko Katsu was a disappointment though. It was not the least bit spicy and halfway through, it felt a little "jelat".

Cheese Kasane Katsu $29.90
I love this! The melted cheese went well with the pork loin. It was very filling and satisfying.

Tonkotsu Ramen
My friend found that it was average only. For me, I like the soup base of my ramen to be rich and thick so this is not my type of ramen.

Chicken Katsu Toji $26.90
Friend's. I tried the egg and it was quite tasty. I will probably order this the next time I visit there.

Chicken Katsu Curry $24.90
This is the ideal dish for lovers of Japanese curry! The curry is placed in a separate serving bowl so you pour your desired amount onto your dish. This set comes with a salad side.

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31 Mar 2013 • 77 reviews • 17 followers

Yummy tonkatsu

For a complete review with pictures, visit
http://rachelays.blogspot.sg/2013/03/tonkichi-at-orchard-central.html

Tonkichi is definitely one of my favourite places to go for tonkatsu! It is the only Tonkatsu specialty chain restaurant in Singapore. I love how their katsu is very thick and lean unlike most places where the meat is sliced thinly and you can't feel any shiokness while eating it. I went there on a Friday evening to celebrate a friend's birthday. We arrived at around 6.30pm and there was no queue. By 7, there was a queue formed and the waiting time could be quite long so do go early to secure a seat or make a reservation!

Mentaiko Kasane Katsu $29.90
I love drenching the shredded cabbage with the seaweed sauce (idk what it is called). So good!! The Mentaiko Katsu was a disappointment though. It was not the least bit spicy and halfway through, it felt a little "jelat".

Cheese Kasane Katsu $29.90
I love this! The melted cheese went well with the pork loin. It was very filling and satisfying.

Tonkotsu Ramen
My friend found that it was average only. For me, I like the soup base of my ramen to be rich and thick so this is not my type of ramen.

Chicken Katsu Toji $26.90
Friend's. I tried the egg and it was quite tasty. I will probably order this the next time I visit there.

Chicken Katsu Curry $24.90
This is the ideal dish for lovers of Japanese curry! The curry is placed in a separate serving bowl so you pour your desired amount onto your dish. This set comes with a salad side.
26 Mar 2013 • 224 reviews • 1 follower

Nice Chirashi Don Set

See full reviews and pictures on my blog=http://chefquak.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/lunch-tonkichi-at-orchard-central-on-22mar2013/

had a simple pleasant lunch with my sister at Tonkichi @ Orchard Central today. we were both eyeing the Friday special chirashi don lunch set when we passed by the other day, so we just ordered that – 2 sets. the shortage of foreign workers is  showing up clearly in many economic sectors in Singapore, not least the restaurant service sector. we saw only 2 waiting staff, they were both well-trained and efficient but very busy as there were quite many tables taken up even though it was just 12.30pm. that maybe a good thing actually - more efficient labour & higher pay for service workers. we were quickly given our chawanmushi – to keep us occupied. this was good. texture was very slightly dense but of smooth consistency, sweet-tasting and the chicken was good, no ginkgo nuts. it was a rather long wait after the chawanmushi starter, just about 1/2hour. luckily we were not in a hurry. the chirashi don has 7 pieces of sashimi – 2 salmon (good), maguro (ordinary), 2 tamagos (good) & 1 amaebi (good), and the vinegared rice was good too.  I would consider it a good quality chirashi don set at S$15.90++ by most comparison. However the S$20++ chirashi don set at Kuroson would beat this hands down in terms of both sashimi quality & quantity & overall set quality which also includes free refillable green tea (hot or cold). The set also included a tiny soba – quite irrelevant carbo load but no harm having. The watermelon looked slight pale but was sweet & juicy given a choice, I would always go to Kuroson, but if I am in the area (Orchard Central), I might just do this again.
11 May 2012 • 22 reviews • 0 follower

Specializing in Tonkatsu in Singapore

Click here for more photos and read the review on our website, www.missuschewy.com

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 :P

Tonkichi, by the Pokka Food group, is well established in Singapore with five restaurants under its belt. TheRosu 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 ;)

the thick and big slices of unagi..
16 Apr 2012 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Lunch

Again..a 1-month back-dated post..

This is the first time I visit this place..it was a rainy day n was out shopping with Mum n my son n needed somewhere quiet for lunch..we walked pass the restaurant n wanted to chk out other restaurant but in the end went back agn n we did not regret the choice..it was a small restaurant but was very bright due to the full glass window panes which overlook Centrepoint n Orchard Point...think there was a private sale at OG at Orchard Point as we saw snakes of queue at where we were seated..

Food

As the name of the restaurant suggest..they serve mainly deep fried cutlets..there are choices of pork, chicken, fish..many choices of bentos, sashimi, etc..I was craving for sashimi..so mummy ordered a mixed-cutlet bento which comes with salmon sashimi..serving is generous n salmon slices are think n very fresh!

Not really into the fried items..I ordered the Unagi Bento which comes with a Chawanmushi, pickles n miso soup..n I also ordered a separate serving of Swird Fish sashimi ($22 for 4 slices of super thick n fresh sashimi)..there is also a special 'seaweed sauce' on the table which is very yummy..sour n with lots of chopped up seaweed..

We were also served with 3 slices of chilled water melon after the meal..did not eat it as the seat we were at is super cold..n I was literally freezing!!

But I will definitely go back agn for the sashimi..slurp!

20 Jul 2011 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Must try for tonkatsu, in a quiet setting

Was just there last night with 8 adults and a baby. Pretty quiet throughout dinner, a good place if you want some tonkatsu without needing to queue, nor the pressure to leave.

I tried the prawn and chicken set as I'm not a big fan of tonkatsu. It came together with mustard and mayo as dressing, which can be pretty dry if you're not the kind who takes tons of fried stuff. Good thing we order the ala-carte home made curry gravy, $6.90, which went v well with my set.

My partner got the hire katsu, deep fried pork fillet, 4piece set at $24. Hmm, which he finished it all up, though I think it can be quite 'jelak' after a while.

The set comes with free flow cabbage and rice. Service was good as we were both asked if we wanted a refill.