unatama don and curry udon @ goemon

Dear fellow tasters,

Lunch menu for today was Goemon with the ladies from my former workplace.  I used to work at Wisma Kyoei Prince and Goemon on the third floor is definitely a place to go if we feel bored with takeaways and fancy something nice for lunch.  This Japanese restaurant is usually jam packed during lunch hours with Japanese expatriates who works in the building, so when you go there you feel like being transported to a Tokyo restaurant complete with NHK channel on the big screen and people chatting in incomprehensible Japanese (at least for me who doesn’t understand).

The first time I went there I ordered the don (read: rice bowl) and noodle set menu from which you can choose one don and one noodle dish, along with salad and other sides.  I had the buta don with pork slices and a choice of beef udon, and it tasted pretty nice and also quite satisfying for the price of Rp. 58.000 (plus tax) which I think is value for money.  My friend ordered tonkotsu ramen at that time which looked very appetizing and that was what I ordered next time we had our lunch there.  The tonkotsu ramen is quite authentic with tender pork cutlets and what makes this ramen special is the broth that is supposedly made from pork bone and gives it a distinct tasty flavor.  Another recommended menu is the curry set which you can choose from several option and I have had tasted two of them.  The first one is the katsu curry with rice and deep-fried breaded pork cutlet, served with curry sauce and sides of salad and miso shiru, and the other one is hamburg steak curry with a burger style fried beef patty instead of katsu.  Both are mouth-watering and quite filling.

Today, I ordered from the don and noodle set menu again, this time setting my eyes upon unatama don and curry udon couple.  Meanwhile the ladies ordered chashumen, hamburg steak curry set, and a combination of the don/noodle set.  My curry udon tasted quite nice with udon and some chicken cutlets soaked in thick curry sauce, whereas the unatama don was no disappointment, a bowl of rice topped with slices of unagi (grilled eel), egg and mushroom.  My only complaint was that there was not enough unagi on the don (said by a true unagi lover).  With a full tummy and some catching up conversation, we ended the lunch with a complimentary scoop of ice cream, this time it was coffee flavored hopefully good enough to keep us awake after such a satiating meal.

The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – tonkotsu ramen and katsu curry
What to order next time – something from the salmon or black beef menu
Food rating – 3 star
Price rating – $$
Ambiance rating – 3 star


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