Remember Sushiro at Thomson Plaza?
I was thrilled last year to find a satisfying bowl of Bara-Chirashi Don at $12.80, wrote about the humble Japanese eatery, and the crowd flooded in.
Oh well, had to queue already after going back, but good for them.
Sushiro has just expanded to Thomson Plaza #01-22/30, next to the main entrance and atrium. In place of the previous store space of #01-113F is another concept, Ryori by Sushiro which is more focused on Gyuniku Donburi. (It used to be called Takumi.)
Compared to Sushiro, Ryori’s queue was much, much shorter. I went with the intention to queue for at least half an hour, but was surprised when I was the next in line during peak hours.
The menu at Ryori was also streamlined and straightforward, with a meatier-take of beef and chicken rice bowls.
If you prefer curry, Ryori also serves Chicken Katsu Curry ($12) and Gyuniku Curry ($14) rice bowls. Both come with the option of udon as well.
I opted for the Tokyo Gyuniku Don ($12). If you like a bigger serving, you can go for their Mount Gyuniku Don ($22). (However from observation, the larger size that looked like a mini-hill filled with more rice, but not with a proportionally substantial increase in meat portion.)
When I first tasted a few spoonfuls, I felt the meats were juicy enough. Compared to the usual donburis which are typically drier, their version was more soupy.
The bowl was also overloaded with onions and rice, and I wished that they mixed in more beef instead.
Another friend thought that the meat was over-blanched, and the sauce tasted diluted by the time it seeped into the rice. He said, ”Like Yoshinoya?” You decide if it is a good or bad thing.
I assumed the bowl was prepared on the go, but the beef and onions were precooked in a big pot, and was topped on the rice by the chef when serving.
Nonetheless, Ryori is still a good option to go for if you happen to be in the Upper Thomson vicinity and have mad cravings for a beef donburi.
Or if need dinner, but is too lazy to queue at Sushiro.
Ryori by Sushiro
301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-113F Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408 (Near Marymount MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 2:15pm, 5:45pm – 9:15pm (Tue – Sun)>
* Written by Kayla Chew @kaylacys with a passion for both food and travel. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.