Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Otowa, Orchard Plaza

Otowa, Orchard Plaza

This was one hole in the wall joint where one dines from the fires of a yakitori god. Hahaha....ok, dramatics aside, Otowa (150 Orchard Road, #03-16 Orchard Plaza, tel : +65 6733 5989) wasn't a full fledged kushiyaki in my opinion since most of the things that went into the grill were just chicken and chicken parts. But man, those were really good.

Otowa, Orchard Plaza

The place was pretty small. 12 seats they have and it's all at the counter, which was good since one can see the kitchen at work. A kitchen which just consisted of a Japanese yakitori master and a dish washing lady. Most of the items on grill came in shio or tare options.

Otowa, tororo

We were served some otoshi of chilled grated yam and greens in a dashi.

Otowa, pig stomach

Amongst the starters they offered, was a julienned pig stomach with a sweet and spicy chilli sauce. Enjoyed this but portions were really puny.

Otowa, yakitori

Because we were pretty much sitting near the grill station, we could observe all the fire kissed food at work. These sticks of chicken with leeks were very well done. There was what we felt to be a well balanced char aroma that encapsulated the pieces of tender juicy chicken. I kid you not and I repeat, tender juicy chicken. The leeks were also aromatized from the charcoal grill and were filled with their natural sweetness. We had seconds.

Otowa, reba

Chicken livers were very good too. The texture was creamy and the shio option allowed the livery flavour to shine.

Otowa, tsukune

The tsukune were something that came recommended and seemed also to be well received. It had a nice crusty surface that revealed juicy and fatty minced meat which had a likeable gritty texture that generally meant that cartilage might have been involved. We had seconds

Otowa, hatsu

If you had been wasting enough time on this site to detect my eating patterns, hatsus are another favourite of mine. These tasty morsels were nicely salted, tender yet chewy at the same time. A little more char would have been nice but I'm not complaining.

Otowa, kawa

At the point of being worked on in the flames, the kawa was creating a small fog of smoke at the grill when the oils were dripping into the coals. Afterwards, they came up crispy on the edges and lightly chewy in the middles. Redolent in the chicken-y flavours. And some fatty chicken-y oils if I might add.

Otowa, kawa

A kawa-iiee close up. Lol.

Otowa, foie gras

They had foie gras too. It was quite nice, and had a well engineered crust. I totally understand that it sounds weird to use such word to describe the crusty charred exterior of fatty duck liver but the crust looked and even tasted so well made that it felt fabricated.

But it is apparently not what I consider to be a forte in this joint. This was a little too well cooked and Kazu still takes the lead with Sansui's unusually uncharred rendition as a very close runner up.

Otowa, tebasaki

Following that was their tebasaki. Tasty little wings with crispy skins. These wings were a little small.

Otowa, eringi

We ordered grilled eringi mushrooms as well. I liked them too.

Otowa, porridge

We ended with a Korean styled porridge which was a spicy broth of rice with egg drop and bits of sliced mushroom. This was pretty comforting.

Otowa, quail eggs

The porridge was suppose to be the last item, but as we were getting the bill we realised that they hadn't served us the grilled quail eggs yet. Both the bill and the eggs came together. The latter came with a spicy miso paste and the former, without. 

I had been thinking that these might have been dried out from the grill, but my respect goes out to the master that creates grill marked eggs that actually had creamy textured yolk!

Otowa, Orchard Plaza
score cup at Otowa

To answer your question D, no...... this will not be the Kazu killer. This joint is primarily a chicken specialist and they do chickens really well. Kazu has the advantage of a much wider variety of options. But, it's another option that we have for good quality yakitori.


the little fat blob said...

Hi, what is the price range of Otowa?
Thanks :)

LiquidShaDow said...

Hey little fat blob,
I don't remember clearly as it's been a while, but it could be up to a few dollars for a stick and possibly up to around 15 bucks for other plated orders.