5 Best Things To Eat at Ootoya


What’s that white stuff splatting the top of my soba?

This week Counter Culture yams its way into Ootoya, a Japanese chain restaurant that’s been compared to Denny’s. (Don’t worry, it’s way better than that.) Here are some of the things my friends and I enjoyed at this reasonably priced set-meal destination, where less than $20 gets you a voluminous meal with all the trimmings.

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5. Tsunami Tororo Soba (above) — This serving of soba (for $8!) features a smothering cloud of whipped white Japanese yam, for lube, with a soy dipping sauce on the side.

4. Katsudon — Nothing better for lunch than katsudon, a pristine and perfectly breaded pork cutlet atop rice mired in egg and scallion and drizzled with a sweet and salty sauce.

3. Gyu Tan Shiokoji — Mmmm, tender marinated beef tongue, sliced thin, grilled, and strewn with lemon slices. This delectable dish would be appreciated almost anywhere in the world.

2. Tsukune Yakitori — That glistening baton you see on the right is composed of ground chicken, glorious in its plainness and downright delicious. The egg yolk is to dip it in, after you whip the yolk with your chopsticks.

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1. Tori Aji — Broiled fatty jack mackerel with all the fixin’s, including pumpkin, hijiki, rice, and grated daikon

Spread the daikon right on the mackerel before you eat the fish. No kidding!

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