I have always had a thing for omurice, so when I saw that a new Japanese omurice restaurant was due to open in Suntec City Mall, I was really excited.
Ironically, the speciality restaurant that specializes in the comfort food of Japanese omurice did not originate in Japan but in Thailand. Established in 2010, there are 6 branches in Bangkok and now they are in Singapore.
Located near the entrance to the West Wing of Suntec City Mall, you can’t miss the bright yellow signboard prominently displayed at the entrance of the restaurant. The restaurant is decked out in beige colours, with wooden tables and chairs. The space looks deceptively small, but there are actually more seats at the back of the restaurant.
There are 6 staters to choose from, but I wasn’t interested in the usual French Fries [$4.80] or Fried Chicken (Karaage) [$7.80] so I ordered Omu Mini Cream Croquette [$6.80]. It is a tasty little treat of creamy mashed potatoes with bits of prawn with a crispy outer coat.
I started with Tomato Sauce Omurice with Cream Croquette [$13.80] with a top-up of $2 for lava style egg. The tomato sauce is not as bright red as what I would have expected, but the tangy-sweet taste is unmistakably tomato. The cream croquettes are the regular sized ones of the mini ones I have as a starter and they are quite all right.
I was really excited to see that there is demiglace sauce but I was rather disappointed with the Demiglace Sauce Omurice with Burger (Pork/Beef) [$13.80 for Pork, $14.80 for Beef]. The beef burger patty was juicy and tender and the lava style egg was perfectly done, but the demiglace sauce is far too sour and lacks the depth of flavour as compared to Monster Curry’s demi-glace sauce.
When OMU first opened its doors, there were only a few diners every time when I was there, I was secretly worried that it will not survive past its first month of business. But after all the rave reviews from celebrity food blogger such as Daniel Food Diary, Miss Tam Chiak and Mothership (and of my own review here), the restaurant is so popular now that I now to queue for more than an hour to get my omurice fix.
OMU is the only restaurant in Singapore I know of that serves lava style egg, a special way of making an omelette. The omelette is cooked till the surface is set but the inside is half-cooked and creamy. I am absolutely in love with the gooey flowy egg when cutting open. It takes years of practice and experience to cook this type of egg.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-301A/301B, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm, 4pm – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday 11am – 10pm