26 August, 2008

Tampopo - Best (Kurobuta) Pork Cutlet

Relocated to #01-23/24, Liang Court (formerly #B1-50) in April 2008, Tampopo has expanded and found itself a more spacious dwelling within the vicinity.

Completed with sleek modern furnishing with conventional wooden blinds on the sides of the restaurant (that faces the shopping centre), one will be able to find authentic Japanese cuisine such as their award winning Shabu Shabu Ramen, using Kyushu Ramen, and matched with pork bone soup, cooked for 2 days in Tampopo.

However, my purpose that evening was to sample their renowned Top Grade Loin Cutlet ($21.80) that only can be achieved using, what else but the Kurobuta Pork, that is acknowledged for their superb meat marbling (think Wagyu for beef). Even the exclamation of “Oiishi!” wasn’t lavish enough to shower what I deemed to be the perfect pork cutlet in town.

Freshly fried, the light breaded crust was crispy on the outside, yet tender, succulent and a tint of sweetness on the inside – definitely no sign of those dry, overcooked meat you get from elsewhere. A wrench of the lemon and a dip of Hot English Mustard on the cutlet, also seeks to bring out another tantalising sensation to one’s penchant.

For an additional of $4, one can also choose to upgrade to a set that comes with Rice, Pickles, Tomato and Lettuce Salad, Miso Soup and Watermelon to finish off.

A great pity though that the service that night didn’t quite match up to the food. One of their Chinese service staff couldn’t quite understand my non-Chinese friend’s enunciation and the rest of us have to step in and assist her in taking orders.

And thereafter, she had the audacity to walk up to the back of my poor friend, tap him on the shoulder and requested him to pass the food to the other side of the table instead of coming around – not once, not twice but THREE times that evening – I think that’s just plain rude.

And if there wasn’t any worse, my ceramic plate of pickles that came with my set was chipped – even though one didn’t have to eat from it, it just goes to show how thoughtful the management was.

Food:5/5 (Best Pork Cutlet in Town)
Service: 2/5 (FAIL, read above)
Ambience: 3.5/5 (Nice decor, but it was noisy on a Friday evening)
Price: 3.5/5 (Paying for quality rather than quantity)
Total: 14/20
177, River Valley Road
#01-23/24, Liang Court Shopping Centre
Singapore 179030

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HairyBerry said...

woah, dude! sounds amazing. i've been eyeing their ramen since reading your earlier posts.

and i think miharu offers good service, as far as ramen shops are concerned.

His Food Blog said...

Hey Nic,

Yeah! Their Black Pig Shabu Ramen is not too bad, but I still prefer the pig in Tonkatsu style.

Yeah Miharu's staff is not too bad, and so is Marutama and Ramen Santouka.

Kuek said...

Pork.........pork........... pooooork........

Kuek said...

Wah....really tempting larr... okay larr...one day really go singapore for all pork trip... haha...

about the service part, i think should just give them some feedback. it's for their own good....

"wooi...you very bad service leh.... pork taste good then can like that ah?"


Anonymous said...

hahahah i tried them like two months ago but haven write the review yet.

His Food Blog said...

Kuek: LOL - yeah I am looking forward to you coming over to Singapore so that I can bring you around.

lic: Aiyo, what's keeping you so long? What notti things have you been up to instead. Heh!

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