Oiden Bowl Bar, Sydney

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Our rice bowl crav­ings not sat­is­fied the week earli­er by Rice Workshop, T and N joined me at Oiden Bowl Bar.

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N and I had pre­vi­ously tried their Ontama Salmon bowl to great dis­ap­point­ment, so we returned this time to try the more sig­na­ture rice bowls on their menu.

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This is the CHO (Curry, Hashed Beef, Ontama) combo ($8.90), a rice bowl with ‘homemade Japanese curry, Japanese style hashed beef, and half boiled egg and coleslaw. It’s per­fect when you want to try both the Japanaese Curry Rice or the Japanese Style Hashed Beef Rice. And espe­cially so here, when they divide the bowl into thirds so the sauces don’t mingle.

Hayashi rice is a thick-demi-glace sauce made from red wine and tomato sauce and con­tain­ing beef, onions, and but­ton mush­rooms that’s served with steamed rice. Here, it had a pleas­ant sweet­ness and slight acid­ity, recall­ing a mel­low BBQ and tomato sauce. Japanese curry is sweet with little heat, and here, the curry fla­vour was spot on but without heat. I’d have appre­ci­ated a slight heat with some hunks of potato. The egg was beau­ti­fully runny, although cold, and the coleslaw added some fresh­ness, although I could’ve gone without.

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And these are the Beef Croquette ($2.50) (left) and Curry Croquette ($2.50) (right), which T and I shared. The bits of beef mince in the potato mash of the beef cro­quette added tex­ture, while the fla­vour of curry in the curry cro­quette was very faint com­pared to the taste of the curry with the rice. Both were warm with a crispy crumb.

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T tried the Ontama BBQ Wagyu Beef ($10.90), a rice bowl with grilled sliced wagyu beef, ori­gin­al BBQ sauce, coleslaw, ses­ame seeds, pickled ginger and half boiled egg. He enjoyed the smoky fla­vour and the fatty bits of the grilled beef immensely, although he pre­ferred the (not cold) half boiled eggs at Mappen Noodle Bar next door.

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If Skyview Plaza was any closer to my work place, Oiden Bowl Bar and Menya Mappen would be reg­u­lar haunts for their deli­ciously com­fort­ing Japanese food.

Oiden Bowl Bar is loc­ated at 12 /​537 – 551 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.