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This Hidden Izakaya Has Legit Truffle Somen, Mentaiko Tamagoyaki And More In Orchard

16th November 2022

Morinaga Izakaya Restaurant has truffle somen and more in Orchard

morinaga izakaya restaurant storefront

Food in Orchard isn’t always the cheapest, but there are some hidden gems in the area if you know where to go. Run by a Japanese chef who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, Morinaga Izakaya Restaurant is one such.

morinaga izakaya restaurant ambience

The hole-in-the-wall eatery is located in the basement of Midpoint Orchard, which is directly opposite 313 Somerset and Somerset MRT Station. Its nondescript, no-frills setup is exactly what regulars return for, on top of its extensive selection of food and drinks.

morinaga izakaya restaurant flatlay

The reviews online, while mixed, seem to be generally positive. You won’t go wrong with the Mentai Mayo Omelette ($11++): dashi-infused tamagoyaki drizzled with creamy mentaiko mayo on top.

morinaga izakaya restaurant omelette

The omelette, though a tad wet, was thick and fluffy with a pleasant flavour from the dashi.

morinaga izakaya restaurant truffle somen

There’s also the popular Truffle Somen ($14++), served cold as a refreshing respite from the weather.

morinaga izakaya restaurant truffle somen closeup

Ikura is added to the mix for a burst of saltiness to complement the faint truffle aroma.

morinaga izakaya restaurant grilled pork

Pair your drinks with a side of Miso Pork with Cheese ($10++)ย to share.

morinaga izakaya restaurant pork

Tender slices of grilled pork are topped with cheeseโ€”we just wished shredded cheese was used here instead of the regular cheddar slices.

morinaga izakaya restaurant potato dish

If you enjoy funky flavours, the Hokkaido Potato with Butter and Salted Squid ($9++) might be right up your alley. Tuck into lightly seasoned potato chunks that are slightly crisp on the outside, yet fluffy inside, topped with a pungent salted squid mix. This side’s a bit of an acquired taste, but we think it would work with a boozy drink in hand!

Then, wash it all down with your choice of Highball (from $9++) or Shochu ($9++) in flavours such as Lemon Sour and Oolong Cocktail.

If you’re in the area, head over to Vin Geek for some delicious wines in a cool self-dispensing machine! Another must-try Japanese restaurant is Ka-EN Grill & Sushi Bar in City Hall, which has DIY Wagyu BBQ and more.

Address: 220 Orchard Road, #B1-08, Midpoint Orchard, Singapore 238852
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 9101 3016
Morinaga Izakaya Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.

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Photos taken by Zi Hui Tan and edited by Hui Hui Lau.
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