Inspired by TheSmartLocal’s cheap food in Orchard, we decided to pop by Gyoza-ya at the basement of Robinsons Orchard to check it out.
I love how large the dumplings are compared to regular gyoza (you might not be able to really tell from this photo, but trust me, they are huge!). The dumplings are delivered hot to the table, generously stuffed, with the thickness of the skin more like the shanghainese pan-fried dumplings. Add vinegar and ginger to kick it up a notch, but otherwise the texture and taste wise is average. But really, at this price, it is value-for-money lah!
Here’s the version with cheese. Try it if you are crazy for cheese. Otherwise stick to the normal version and save the calories.
My favorite dish of the entire meal was the Torinankotsu Tatsutaage (Crispy Chicken Soft Bone) appetizer. Hot and crispy, savory, with a nice crunch from the chicken cartilage. Great with mayo!… and beer!
This cold eggplant makes a refreshing appetizer in this hot weather but it is plain in taste. Mix it with the sweet miso to enhance the flavor.
Of course we had to try the house specialty, Jya Jya Men. The noodles are thick and bouncy. Mix the miso paste with cucumber shreds well before digging in.
Taste wise – it is a very simple dish (unlike our local bak chor mee or prawn noodles dry) , nothing particularly outstanding. There was also an oily aftermath on the mouth after a spoonful of the noodles. As for the soup after you finish your noodles (where the staff will add egg, miso paste and hot water), it was tepid and failed to impress. Portion wise – although it looks small (for big eaters), it is rather filling afterward, so another value-for-money item in town.
Gyoza-Ya (Robinsons Orchard)
Address : 260 Orchard Road, B1-02A Robinsons Orchard, S238855
Tel : 67375581
Website : http://www.gyozaya.com.sg/gallery/
Opening Hours:Mondays to Sundays,11:30am – 10pm
What do others think?