I've long heard about this Japanese restaurant located at the basement of Hong Leong Building. Apparently, it's been around since the 90's and it's known for its cheap prices and generous portions. We had lunch here one day on an especially damp and dreary afternoon.
I got the Nikuyasai Set ($12) of stir-fried vegetables with pork.
This was a little salty but those who prefer salty food will like the stronger soy flavours, and I deducted points because they left the heads and tails on the beansprouts. The sliced pork was a little tough as well.
I'm not usually a fan of Egg Mayonnaise but this was done very well, mayo was light and didn't overwhelm the diced egg.
The Pickles are like our Chinese "Xian Cai". Very piquant and crunchy.
Ms PR got the Nabeyaki Udon Set ($15).
The Udon was thick, chewy and springy. Stock was well-flavoured, though loaded with the usual MSG that the Japanese are known for.
Mixed Tempura was served on the side, lightly battered and crispy.
Mr Harvest-The-Crops got the Wednesday Una Don Set ($9.80), which he polished off in minutes. Really.
The Grilled Eel Rice was suitably sticky and soft, and a sweet smoky yakitori sauce was brushed liberally over the eel and drizzled over the rice.
The Chashu Ramen ($15) in Tonkotsu Broth wasn't half bad. Egg was done perfectly, with a soft, barely runny yolk and wobbly white, but the grilled pork could have been more tender.
O-An Japanese Restaurant
16 Raffles Quay
Hong Leong Building
Tel: 6221 7781
Open Mondays to Fridays from 11.30am to 2.30pm; 6pm to 10pm
Saturdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm