Cuppage Plaza could also be positioned within the swanky Orchard Road space, nevertheless it has all the time had a little bit of a seedy vibe.
If you recognize which restaurant to patronise within the constructing, you might get some implausible and genuine Japanese fare.
Otherwise, you might additionally find yourself stumbling right into a dodgy institution flanked by women in skimpy clothes.
I hardly ever go to the constructing as I don’t wish to get caught within the improper place. But a good friend informed me about an reasonably priced Japanese diner that she frequents there and gushed concerning the crispy gyoza it serves even properly previous midnight.
Her suggestion, Gyoza No Ohsho, is straightforward sufficient to seek out. Its signboard is shiny purple and it’s the very first place you see once you enter the constructing from the adjoining Cuppage Terrace.
I go to the diner throughout a weekday lunch hour and it’s full of workplace workers.
GYOZA NO OHSHO
01-10 Cuppage Plaza, 5 Koek Road, open: 11.45 to 2.30am (Mondays to Saturdays), midday to midnight (Sundays and public holidays)
Feeling ravenous, I order a plate of katsu curry rice ($15) along with what I had meant to style, its signature pan-fried gyoza ($5).
The GST is included within the costs mirrored on the menu – which is surprisingly intensive with pages of different stir-fries and ramen noodle choices – and there’s no service cost.
Both dishes arrive inside 5 minutes and I’m surprised by how beneficiant the portion of curry rice is.
The mountain of rice is topped with a big, sliced slab of pork cutlet and a ramen egg, whereas the pool of curry gravy on the facet comes with diced potatoes and carrots.
I dig into the crispy pork cutlet, which tastes like it’s contemporary out of the deep-fryer. The meat is a tad dry, although, however it’s nice when blended in with the curry. But the egg is just too salty for my liking and I put it apart after a single chunk.
As quickly as I style the gyoza, I want I had not stuffed myself foolish with a lot rice. Each of the six pot stickers boasts skinny, crispy pores and skin and a pork filling that doesn’t have that overwhelming scent you get at some gyoza joints.
I have house for less than two, so I pack the remainder as takeaway. My colleague samples them chilly afterwards and exclaims that they’re nonetheless flavourful and under no circumstances soggy.
Guess I’ll now not be avoiding Cuppage Plaza on my subsequent Orchard Road outing.