Do you often hanker for some casual home-style cooking, but away from home? I know I do.
Yesterday lunch time was one of those moments. I wanted something filling, but tasty; close by, but enough for a little stroll; and satisfying enough to walk out feeling full, but not to the point of bursting.
Ryoriya Sangokushi is one of those casual places with home-style cooking set in unpretentious and informal surroundings. They serve 'Japanese style Taiwan cuisine', which I can only describe as Japanese style Taiwan cuisine.
With bright orange seating outside, communal tables and large booths lined along one corner inside, my partner (Mr. P) and I wandered in towards the latter half of the lunch service.
Having been to this place a couple of times before and ordered from the set lunch menu, for around $11-$15 you get a three dish meal. There is a good variety to choose from and if you don't fancy a set lunch, you can just order from the normal menu. A few dishes which are listed against the back wall:
Today, I wanted carb and lots of it, so I ordered the braised pork with rice, lo mein noodles, and pan-fried chive and pork dumplings. With this comes a mini salad, dressed in a light asian dressing and unlimited iced tea. What I also like about this place is that you get a little paper napkin. This really has to be my number one peeve when eating out in this country - see my Take Away Guide to eating out in Singapore.
The food arrived pretty quickly. Salad first, followed by the braised mince pork rice, followed by the lo mein noodles, and then a little wait for the pan-fried dumplings. The little wait being only a few minutes.
The braised pork was a little fatty, but I actually didn't mind this as the pork was diced into really small pieces. It was beautifully tender and had just a slight hint of savoury sweetness. There was a little chopped pickled cabbage underneath the pork which gave this rice bowl a bit of a tangy twist.
The ramen noodles were delicious, with a hint of chinese five spice, a few leaves of bok choy and half a hard boiled egg.
Three little chive and pork dumplings arrived soon after with a shredded ginger in vinegar/soy dipping sauce.
Service was pretty quick, but the place was only half full when we arrived and most people were already eating.
For a quick home-style lunch, this place isn't bad at all. I have been here during the busy noon to one o'clock lunch hour and it was packed to the rafters. Service didn't seem to suffer though.
This place is on my 'regular lunch spots to go to' list when I don't want anything fancy and in need of a casual place to eat close by. I have heard that it's popular with the expat Japanese crowd, which in my book has to be good sign ....
Robertson Quay, #01-03 Riverside View, Singapore
Tel: +65 6238 8962
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
(Closed during lunch on Mondays)