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Ginza Bairin–Where to find great Tonkatsu!

Living in the East, I was really in two minds as to whether to accept this invitation to try out a new Tonkatsu restaurant at JCube in Jurong. Mention Jurong to us Easties and it’s akin to telling us to travel to Malaysia! Well almost. So I had really high expectations of Ginza Bairin, and to cut the story short, I have to say Ginza Bairin does a mean Tonkatsu!

Ginza Bairin boasts an illustrious 85 year history. Established in 1927 by Nobukatsu Shibuya, Ginza Bairin was the very 1st Tonkatsu restaurant ever launched in Ginza Japan. And get this, it appears Ginza Bairin “invented” the Katsu Sandwich decades ago, when there was a severe shortage of rice after World War II. Today, it is helmed by Masaya Shibuya, the great grandson and 3rd generation owner of Ginza Bairin.

I didn’t know about all this before I tried the dishes and I was thinking to myself, wow this is pretty good. I mean the place looks pretty casual, maybe slightly better than a fast food outlet, yet the food was vastly different!

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Ginza Bairin’s Special Katsu Don (Pork Katsu) Awarded No. 1 Donburi in Japan - Copy

Special Katsudon (1958/Apr) – $16.50

The Special Katsudon was one of the dishes we tried. You don’t even need to eat it to tell that it is more unique than the usual Katsudon because instead of just pork and omelette, there is a sunny side up waiting for you too! Why I have not come across any other restaurant doing Katsudon this way baffles me because now I think I’m ruined for all Katsudon without sunny side ups!

Needless to say, the additional egg incorporated more flavour to the already flavourful dish. The pork was very tender and juicy, without tasting oily as Katsu don can sometimes be due the batter. The rice was also piping hot and fluffy. Is it any wonder that this dish was awarded the No1 Donburi in Japan?

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Marmalade Pantry @ Ion

I’ve always liked the idea of going to Marmalade Pantry. Although I feel the menu is somewhat overpriced, and the service can sometimes be horrendous, I still like dining here once in a while. Dining at Marmalade Pantry gives me the “on holiday” feeling and it always feels a treat to come here, even though it’s just a casual restaurant. Maybe it’s the menu (Weekend Brunch Menu, Food Menu, Beverage Menu). They have a lot of all day breakfast/ brunch selections. And they also have a good selection of cakes, tarts and puddings, which they place prominently at the entrance of the cafe! Is it any wonder why you almost always have to line up like 1/2 hour before you get your seat?

Marmalade Pantry Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Baked beans and toastMarmalade Pantry Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Baked beans and toast (2)

Eggs any style $18 – I chose scrambled eggs, with grilled English sausage, sauteed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, home made baked beans and whole wheat toast. Can you see the ripples in the scrambled eggs. The texture was just right, firm yet somehow oozing with creamy goodness, although a little bit more salt would not be a sin. The sausages were a little salty on their own, but when eaten together with the scrambled eggs, they were a match made in heaven! The baked beans were also very good and I just love baked beans, even the Heinz ones from a can.

Marmalade Pantry Spice Grilled Lamb Sandwich

Spiced Grilled Lamb Sandwich $21 – With iman biyaldi (don’t ask me what this is), mint and radish on garlic flatbread. The dip was really nice, and the spices in the lamb were flavourful. The meat itself was tough and dry which was a pity. It would just be perfect if not for the dryness of the meat.

Marmalade Pantry Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte $7 – Expensive for a latte, but I’ll close an eye given the size of the cup. Pretty good. Smooth and strong but not as good as my favourite coffee places such as 40 Hands, Papa Palheta, The Plain and Chef Icon Nature Bakery.

 

The Marmalade Pantry – good things to eat
Unit 03-22 Orchard Ion
2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801

bistro & shop operating hours
monday to sunday 10am to 10pm

telephone 6734 2700
facsimile 6734 2279
tmp@marmaladegroup.com

http://www.themarmaladepantry.com

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