FOOD TRIP:Osaka Ohsho’s Mabo Tofu & Sara Udon review
Last Saturday, me and Michan had to meet up with a friend who are working with us for a certain costume. We decided that the meetup place would be Megamall, since it’s halfway from where each of us would be coming from.
Anyway, we were already there so we decided to grab a bite since both of us haven’t had anything decent for breakfast and its almost 4pm by the time we were done with our business with our friend.
I was really hungry, I tell you and so was Michan, so its quite funny and ironic because we just cannot make up our minds where to eat. It’s one of those moments that just when you are really hungry, that’s when you cannot decide where and what to eat. It’s like a “Hey, I have nurtured this hunger for a long time, so I deserve a rare treat that’s not fastfood to make up for it” kind of mindset that’s sort of delaying the final verdict. So we scouted Fashion Hall for a few minutes, checking out what kind of food each shop offers and which one could sate our palate. After walking back and forth and contemplating for some time whether we’d go for Italian or Japanese,we decided to go with Ohsaka Ohsho because our stomachs started grumbling for the nth time.
Good thing there were just very few customers and the friendly staff readily attended to us. The place was spic and span with an urban yet oriental vibe to it. Once we were seated and handed out the menu, here comes the second hurdle. After the first obstacle (choosing WHERE to eat), now we have to overcome the next one: choosing WHAT TO EAT. So we flipped through the menu, and after several indecisions, I decided to have the Mabo(mapo?) Tofu meal set since I wanted rice and something spicy, while Michan chose to have Sara Udon.
Sorry for my bad photo skills ;p..
The Mabo Tofu set priced at P350, is a complete set consisting of a bowl of Koshihikari rice, miso soup, fruit plate, 3 pieces of their famed gyoza, and a bowlful of Mabo Tofu. The rice if refillable, but I tell you, I was not even able to ask for seconds because I was too full. This is already a complete meal. I believe the serving is almost good for 2 people. The gyoza lives up to its fame so far while the miso soup isn’t really anything special. The star of the set, the Mabo Tofu, is satisfying though I would have preferred if it was a little bit hotter, but never the less I would give it 4 stars. The spicy sauce definitely compliments the soft, silky tofu and the slightly crunchy ground meat. I can also taste a hint of ginger. Its the kind of taste that makes you wanna have more of it, then a spoonful of rice, then more of it and then another spoonful of rice and so on. It definitely satisfied my tofu craving (and obviously my hunger) that day. The fruit plate contains 2 slices of fruit, in my case a pineapple and a watermelon, which is a nice way to end my meal and to rid of “umay”.
As for the Sara Udon, priced at P320, Michan let me have a taste of it. It’s quite a large serving and perfect for sharing between 2 or even 3 people. I could say it is somewhat similar to Northpark’s toast noodles, though the Sara Udon somehow pales a bit in comparison. It’s basically crispy fried noodles, soaked in a sauce with sauteed vegetables, mushrooms, some meat and shrimp. It tastes okay but somehow the sauce which seems a bit thin or “malabnaw” that it almost seems like soup with cornstarch, does not quite appeal to me. And the noodles are no longer that crispy and seems a bit limp. But I guess that’s their style of doing crispy noodles. And it tastes good so I’d give it a 3.
So after eating a meal that could have otherwise fed 3 people, what is our verdict? Hmmm, prolly a 3.5 out of 5.
Place is clean and staff is very friendly and accommodating. The price is quite steep so its something that a regular employee like me couldn’t have every day for lunch haha, but if you are sharing with someone else, then I guess it’s quite affordable. The servings are large enough anyway to be shared between 2 or 3 people. Regarding the actual taste of the food, it’s okay, they were delectable, and though I wouldn’t say its that special, it leaves an impression on my palate.
Would we recommend the same food we ate? Well prolly the Mabo Tofu. I love it haha. Would we come back? Well, I guess we might, staff is nice, ambience is okay, food is alright, so I guess we might. Just remember to bring someone along if you aren’t that much of a big eater, and eating with friends is definitely much more fun. ^_^
How about you? Have you tried eating at Osaka Ohsho? What items on their menu would you recommend? If you haven’t yet, do you want to try? Let us know what you think and share your thoughts below ^_^