When a meat reviewer goes on the hunt for great value, there are several factors that need to be considered, like portion sizes, taste / flavour, freshness, quality of ingredients, ambience, service and freebies (e.g. free flow bread basket) to name a few. One other thing I like to look out for is what I call a ‘meaty surprise’.
A meaty surprise happens when all things considered (especially price), a diner receives more meat than expected. For instance, I order a $10 beef bowl and to my delight, I’m greeted with more meat than rice. I exaggerate of course, but you get the point.
Now, let’s get to the meat.
The deliverer of Korean fusion cuisine, Omoomodon boasted an impressive array of well…dons. And if diners wished, they could build a don to their liking.
When I came across their Ji-Ji Don ($10), I was sold and didn’t really need to look further. The dish consisted of chicken cooked three ways; spicy, teriyaki and soy garlic winglets in addition to an onsen egg. Another selling point was the picture, which showed so much meat that I could barely find the rice. When it arrived, the quantity was thankfully consistent with the picture.
The spicy chicken was prepared in strips and they had just enough of that ‘kimchi-flavoured’ spice to keep the taste buds tingling. The teriyaki chicken was served in large chunks of thigh meat and the savoury marinate made it my favourite of the three. As for the soy garlic winglets, they were large, meaty and decently battered.
While I was pleased with the overall taste and generous portion, the dish reminded me of a more homely feel instead of a restaurant quality experience. The wings for instance, had soggy batter due to the marinate. So eating them was like having humble chicken wings at home, prepared with simple flour and some soya sauce seasoning.
It’s not a bad experience but I was hoping for more. Regarding value, I would say the dish scored very well. As for taste, it fared in the decent range. 7.7/10.
They used self-service kiosks where diners could both order and pay for their meals. This took a little getting used to – at one time I was teaching another diner how to use them – but it was pretty user-friendly. The kitchen staff were nice and I was free to dispense as much ‘dipping’ sauce as I wanted since it was self-service.
The indoors area was a little cramped so we preferred the alfresco section. The clean, vibrant decor created a refreshing space that I found conducive to staring and maintaining conversations with fellow diners. Though modern in feel, it was still warm and welcoming instead of cold.
Should You Try It?
For those who prioritise quantity when it comes to value, I highly recommend giving this place at least one try.
1 Vista Exchange Green
#02-14/15 The Star Vista
Mon – Sun: 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Tel: +65 6734 1863
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