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