Thomson Plaza might seem like a quiet suburban mall, but a flurry of activity is usually taking place on the third floor. During mealtimes, hungry diners make their way towards Omoté, a casual restaurant known for its affordable Japanese fare. And almost everyone’s in line for one particular dish: the chirashi don.
Its biggest draw lies in its price. The signature Omoté-chirashi don ($12.80) comes with a generous serving of diced seafood atop tangy sushi rice. It’s good as is, but even better when jazzed up with fancy trimmings – premium uni, plump scallops, and other fresh ingredients imported from Japan. Get the mentai chirashi don ($23.80), which features seafood smothered in a rich, creamy sauce made by the restaurant daily. The mentai is flame-torched to lend a smoky kiss – the sauce leaves such an impression that you might be tempted to have more. Thankfully, there’s the Inari-Mentai Sushi ($4.80), or bring home a tube ($9.90) of the stuff to make your own mentai creations at home.
Besides the usual flavours, Omoté frequently innovates to bring seasonal dishes to the menu, like the Truffle Roasted Garlic Chirashi Don ($19.80) that’s big on the heady aroma of truffles. While sashimi might rule the menu, don’t overlook the addictive Asari Garlic Flambé ($18) where Venus saltwater clams are tossed in an addictive spicy garlic and Asari-infused sauce.
Those familiar with Omoté will know that the restaurant is constantly packed. So if you want to skip the long wait, ring up the restaurant for reservations before heading down. But for those looking to skip the crowd altogether, try asking the staff about Dining by Nagae – a secret Omakase-style restaurant hidden within its premises.
Time Out Singapore in partnership with Omoté