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Published December 11th 2012
Affordable traditional Japanese fare
Tucked away in Gays Arcade is a simple Japanese restaurant that isn't out to wow customers with revolutionary cuisine or flamboyant dishes. Instead, Katsumoto represents the timelessness and homeliness of a traditionally, home-cooked Japanese meal.
Don't expect anything fancy; the restaurant keeps its design simple, clean and uncluttered. You're able to dine in the restaurant itself or outside in the arcade. Inside, there are a few traditional-looking Japanese designs on the walls but that's about it. I can appreciate the simplicity; it works amazingly well to create a Japanese feel.
The menu keeps the same feel of the restaurant in the sense that it is simple and uncluttered with numerous dishes. The choices are typical Japanese fare, from udon to teriyaki and katsudon to Japanese curry. Another thing I like about Katsumoto is the price range. Expect most dishes to be between $8 and $12; certainly an affordable amount for a Japanese meal.
As me and my partner sat down for lunch, we decided to order a Tori-teriyaki set and a Yakitori set.
The meal consisted of pan-fried chicken coated in sweet Teriyaki sauce, served alongside steamed rice, miso soup, salad and pickles. I really liked the Teriyaki sauce as it wasn't overpowering. The portion was actually quite sizeable for something priced so low and I was impressed at both the quantity and quality.
I ordered the Yakitori set, which was skewered chicken with onions and chicken balls in sweet teriyaki sauce. This set was also completed with steamed rice, miso soup, salad and pickles. Although both dishes tasted similar, I'm fonder of the Yakitori because of the slight crispy taste of the skewered meat. It added more texture to the meal.
Overall, I was quite pleased with having lunch at Katsumoto. One thing I could appreciate was the lack of it catering to Western tastes that I so often see at many Japanese restaurants. Much of the food here is prepared with the standard Japanese fare in mind and it resulted in a tasty and filling meal (which did not break my wallet).
I have eaten there are few times and found the food fine,but nothing exceptional...it certainly offers good value.It also happens to be in a beautiful small arcade,with good light.Menu is limited...the kitchen is so tiny.