Singapore’s First Japanese Restaurant Serving Home-cooked Cuisine from the Heart of Orchard With changing lifestyle habits, there has been a growing demand for daily meals to be taken out of home, without the pinch on the pocket or busting cholesterol levels. That’s exactly where Ootoya has found its niche. Its niche is definitely a selling point on its own, attracting both locals and native Japanese alike. This alone is a testament to its quality, authenticity and sheer comfort – the Japanese way: “Without the added preservatives and flavorings, each ingredient should speak for itself and exude its unique taste of freshness – that’s what daily meals should taste like” said Philip Cheong, the Project Manager behind Ootoya’s first restaurant in Singapore. Since 1958, its success has been prominent in and abroad the shores of Japan, with Orchard Central as its first stop to bringing homely goodness to the masses. There are currently 214 branches in Japan, 20 in Thailand, 11 in Taiwan, 3 in Hong Kong and 3 in Indonesia. “What we do best are home cooked meals that accentuate the flavor of our freshest ingredients, flown direct from Japan into the skilful hands of our Chefs” added Cheong. From the pastel tones of the textured wallpaper to the tabletop salt garnish, no detail is left neglected. Every detail, down to the tatami mats, is purposefully chosen to connect diners to a typical Japanese home, where home cooking takes center stage. Being the first Japanese restaurant to pay such unrivalled attention to health and well-being, even the placement of chopsticks and the rice bowl, models after the traditional Japanese setting – bowl on the left, soup on the right, and chopsticks sliding out into the right hand. This only goes to show the dining ergonomics surely promotes health and wellbeing, surely the perfect place for Jappy foodies to date the health enthusiast. Oh and did we mention? A set of the freshest catch from the sea starts doesn’t go past $20 – now, that’s really some real Japanese stuff that’s worth going for.