I’m sure Gochi-so Shokudo is not an unfamiliar brand to Singaporeans now when it comes to Japanese casual dining restaurants for pork and tonkatsu as there are many outlets throughout the sunny island. I decided to pay a visit to their Bedok outlet at Bedok Mall for a lunch meet-up, although I would like to highlight that I would usually visit their Jewel store due to the fact that it is closer to my house. If you don’t know about Gochi-so Shokudo, the Japanese casual dining restaurant serves Iberico pork on their menu at affordable prices from fried Katsu to Pork don.
Here are the two items that we have tried,
- Bellota Loin Katsu & Cheese Roll (SGD$21.50++)
- Pork Jowl Don (SGD$13.50++)
My personal favorite got to be their Bellota Loin Katsu & Cheese Roll which comes with Cabbage Salad and Miso Soup as a set. I have a soft spot for Japanese-style fried pork cutlet and this does not disappoint at all. At this price point, you would expect a decent piece of Loin Katsu that is fried to golden perfection. The Cheese Roll, however, was just average. The cheese isn’t enough to wow you, neither does the taste of it help to accentuate the premium meat. I would very much prefer if they used something more stretchy like mozzarella cheese instead. Nevertheless, I would definitely be back for their Loin Katsu set again.
I had my first share of taste on their Pork Jowl Don when my brother ‘tapao’ back from the restaurant for me. But, this time, I was able to try the rice bowl in the restaurant itself. I must say having it right away from the kitchen makes a huge difference! The Pork Jowl is incredibly juicy and it melts in your mouth as you munch on given that the meat is fatty. The best way to dig in is to actually mix the rice bowl well with the onsen egg at the side as it helps to cut down the richness of the meat which some of you guys may associate with being ‘jelak’. What I like also like about their Pork Jowl Don is that you get a hint of the smokiness because of the way it’s being grilled with charcoal, and it compliments well with the sweet meat sauce that was brushed onto the meat. Overall, it is a fuss-free no brainer dish if you have no idea what you want to eat.
Gochi-So Shokudo ごち惣食堂
Address: Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Rd, #01-75, Singapore 467360
Contact: +65 6243 7081
Opening Hours: 11:30AM – 9 PM (daily)
They also have outlets at the following malls,
- Chinatown point
- Hougang 1
- Millenia walk
- One raffles place
- Tamp 1
- Seletar Mall