Last week, SC & I drove down to this newly opened mall called Aeon Mall BSD City that is creating quite a lot of buzz. The mall is located right across Swiss German University and has plenty of eateries to offer, including Ramen Village that houses 7 ramen restaurants and Food Carnival food court that offers lots of Indonesian dish. There’s also another ‘coming soon’ food court in Japanese style/atmosphere on the ground floor called Food Culture that will served Japanese & Western cuisine.
At first, we wanted to try one of the ramen places at Ramen Village, but all have long queues and we weren’t too keen to queue as we were famished. So we checked out the restaurants on the ground floor. There are Kushiya Monogatari, Ootoya, Popolamama, Sagami, Kaihomaru and Uchino Shokudo. That last restaurant grabbed my attention and fortunately there were no queues at that moment so we easily got our table.
Uchino Shokudo billed themself as an ‘Authentic Japanese Restaurant’, with a display counter outside the restaurant filled with appetizing dummy set menu. There are several set menu to choose from. SC originally wanted to order their grilled saba shioyaki (mackerel) set, but it was not available at the moment. So we chose their “chef’s recommendation” menu which is the uchino shokudo set 78K, and I decided to try their ala carte uchino shokudo ohitsu rice 58K.
After waiting for some time, our meal arrived. The uchino shokudo set consists of a rice bowl, tempura, four small dishes (tamago, soy-braised potato, steamed egg plant with sesame dressing, orange slices), miso and pickles. It tasted delicious and I love the rice texture that they said was prepared using kamado (a Japanese traditional charcoal fueled cook stove). The red miso with clams were flavorful and the tempura also tasted good although SC commented that the shrimp tempura should’ve been crispier and fresher.
My uchino shokudo ohitsu rice consists of rice served in ohitsu bowl topped with tuna slices, minced toro tuna, tamago, gari, wasabi and welsh onion. I was not sure how to eat this at first, since it looked like chirashi sushi. What I did was stirring it in, but this resulted in the wasabi and gari getting mixed with the rice and it tasted really “sharp”. I later removed the wasabi and gari, poured some soy sauce and eat it as is. It tasted delicious, but I couldn’t help comparing it with the oyster rice set I ate at ootoya (read the review here) a long time ago.
Overall, we’re satisfied with the meal we had at Uchino Shokudo that day. I think their service time still needs some improvement and I still want to come back to try their saba shioyaki and maybe other set menu/ohitsu rice.
AEON Mall BSD City (Unit G 19 – 20)
Jl. BSD Raya Utama
Serpong – Tangerang 15345
Ph. +62(21) 291-68263