Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin @ ION Orchard

By alvinology, July 24, 2009 9:43 am

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin

As mentioned in my previous blog post, Rachel and I headed down to ION Orchard on the first day of the soft opening on Tuesday to check out the place. We also had our dinner there.

We chose a Japanese restaurant called Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin as we noticed the head chef and founder from Japan was in the restaurant. We later found out from the friendly man that he will be staying till the end of this week. Hence if you want to try out good quality Tonkatsu (pork cutlet), go there before the end of this week. :)

 

Orders and cashier counter
Orders and cashier counter

We recognise the head chef and founder from his picture on the wall
We recognise the head chef and founder from his picture on the wall

Fully packed restaurant - we were the second last customers they admitted
Fully packed restaurant – we were the second last customers they admitted

When we got in, the restaurant’s signature pork dishes were already off the menu. We had no choice but to order the chicken counterparts.

The staff were polite, but a few of them can barely speak English and it was quite painful communicating with them. The total bill for two person came to about S$25+. It’s not really cheap and the strange thing is, they only accept cash – no NETS or credit card (unless I misunderstood the cashier’s minimal command of English). Remember to carry enough cash in your wallet when dining there.

The food was great though. The miso soup actually had visible slivers of pork, carrot, radish and konnyaku jelly in it. The chicken cutlet and chicken karaage we ordered were fresh, crispy and fried just right. I will return there again to try their Tonkatsu.

 

My chicken katsu don
My chicken katsu don

Rachels fried chicken kaarage don
Rachel’s fried chicken kaarage don

Rachel enjoying her food
Rachel enjoying her food

Here’s the restaurant’s address if you are interested to pop by:

2 Orchard Turn
B4-39/40/41/42
ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: 65-6509 8101
Operating Hours: 11:00 to 22:30

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2 Responses to “Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin @ ION Orchard”

  1. 无党派 says:

    2 persons spend about $25++? Quite reasonable leh…

  2. [...] for those who would like to try, I’ve found two very different reviews online here and here. (The first one made me laugh out [...]

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