Torikin (鶏金) at Upper Bukit Timah is actually the first venture of the Ishida Kikaku Group outside Japan. Torikin opens its door in November 2014 and has been serving up collagen-enriched chicken hotpots, known as Hakata Mizutaki.
Daikon Salad 3/5
Dinner at Torikin started on a healthy note with the Daikon Salad ($9.80) which comes with a refreshing crunchy texture.
One of my favourite dishes at Torikin is their Oden ($14 for 5pc). There are items such as Fish Cake, Konjac, Boiled Egg, Radish etc. The light, soy-flavoured dashi broth completes the whole enjoyment.
Hitokuchi Gyoza 3/5
I was not quite impress with Hitokuchi Gyoza ($8). The gyoza was too small for my liking and appreciate the stuffing due to the ration of the gyoza skin to the filling inside. Saying that the yuzu pepper blown us off, which seems to go well with everything on the table.
Hakata Tonpeiyaki 4/5
Cooked on a sizzling hot plate, the Hakata Tonpeiyaki ($22.80) is made up of cabbage, sliced pork, egg and topped with mayonnaise, tonkatsu sauce and spring onion. Lesser batter, more eggy, this is surprisingly good.
Mizutaki Hotpot 4.2/5
Last but not least the signature Mizutaki Hotpot ($70/$100/$135). We first sample the light, refined taste of the stock that is made daily from Sakura chickens and boiled for more than 6 hours.
Next we get to try the tender chicken parts from the hotpot. For a more robust taste, the tangy homemade ponzu sauce can be added. And not forget, you can also have it with the yuzu pepper.
The third way of enjoying the hotpot is to cook the other ingredients such as the minced chicken balls, mushroom, cabbage and tofu in the hotpot.
The final way to enjoy the hotpot is to crack an egg into the broth to thicken it and rice is added for a rich concoctin of nutritious porridge. You can also choose to add noodles instead of rice. Definitely a wholesome and comforting ending to the dinner.
Karintou Manju 4.5 and Ice Cream 3/5
For dessert, we have the Matcha and Yuzu ice cream as well as the Karintou Manju ($5 served with ice cream). The Karintou made from flour, black sugar and azuki tasted a bit like the Chinese butterfly fritter. It is so popular that we are left with the only piece by the time we ordered our dessert.
557 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: +65 64655908
Nearest MRT: Botanic Gardens (CC Line, DT Line)
Mon-Fri: 6pm - 11pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
1) Alight at Botanic Gardens MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Bukit Timah Road. Turn left and continue on Bukit Timah Road. Continue walking until destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Botanic Gardens MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Botanic Gardens (Stop ID 41021). Take bus number 66, 67, 151, 154, 156, 170 or 171. Alight one stop later. Walk to destination. Journey time 5 minutes. [Map]