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Yakitori is one of the most well-known food in Japan. Making our delicious Yakitori begins with inserting a stick into a few piece of fresh raw chicken. The sticks of chicken are broiled using machine, before being dipped into our specially formulated “Tare” (sauce). Finally the chicken are hand grilled till they are ready to be served to our customers! Every stick of Tori-Q Yakitori is made using only the finest ingredients and hand grilled to perfection.
391 Orchard Road
Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Operating Hours: 10am to 9.30pm
230 Victoria Street
#B1-K1 Bugis Junction
Operating Hours: 10am to 9.30pm
290 Orchard Road
Operating Hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8 Shopping Center
Operating Hours: 11am to 9.30pm
2 Orchard Turn
#B4-80 Ion Orchard
Operating Hours: 11am to 9.30pm
90 Hougang Ave 10
Operating Hours: 11am to 9.30pm
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Worth the money, and fills your tummy!
Tori Q specializes in Japanese yakitori, such as chicken balls or tori karaage on a stick. Each stick includes about 3 or a long strip of the item. Different items cost different prices.
You can always come to Tori Q is you are looking for an afternoon meaty snack and purchase one or more of their yakitori, and even top up with rice (and an additional cost for miso soup if you'd like) if you want a full meal. You can even sit inside their small eatery provided they provide seats and tables (am unsure if every outlet provides tables and chairs).
If you cannot decide what to eat, you can always settle for their value-for-money set meals! Each set comes with different items and rice, and it is cheaper than buying a few pieces of yakitori then topping up the rice. I believe that 3 to 4 sticks of yakitori with rice will definitely be enough to fill up your tummies! If it is not enough, get a drink or a cup of miso soup. Maybe that will help!
Most of the times, Japanese food always seems so expensive to me and I hate octopus tentacles because the idea of eating something like that makes my stomach curdle.
Tori Q was my answer to cheap Japanese food. There's a branch in Bishan Junction 8 so it was easy to takeaway from there.
I love the chewy, flavorful meat and the chicken slices. The meat was marinated well and the gravy was soaked thoroughly into the meat. And they have quail eggs too!
I am watching my carbohydrate intake for awhile now and Tori Q gives a huge portion of its rice in their takewaways which bothers me. And their rice is sticky with the gravy. Maybe i should ask for less rice next time.
juicy meat with tasty sauce
Although under the same parent company as Takopachi, the quality of Tori-Q is a far cry from that of Takopachi's. It is not an uncommon sight to see kids looking at the Tori-Q dipping sauce machine at Takashimaya, even I look at it sometimes. The meat are machine dipped into a deep pool of special sauce before hand-grilled to tender perfection. I love the chicken skewered meat here and I love the sauce even more. It's not your normal teppanyaki sauce, it is a special mixture that blends in harmony with the tender meat. Meat sold are always sold warm or piping hot. At < $2 a skewer, it is definitely an affordable snack to have if you are not too hungry for a full meal. The queue moves fast and service is always good. Service staffs are friendly and efficient!
I have even heard of people using the Tori Q sauce to fry noodle or rice, I guess it's really that addictive! They have a wide variety of meat including chicken and pork. If I am not wrong, quail eggs are also available as well.
Another thing that I love would be the chicken skin! I love eating chicken skin but I do not know of other places except Tori Q that sells chicken skins. The chicken skins are arranged neatly on the skewers and are grilled to perfect crispiness after being dipped in the signature sauce. I love the chicken skins and I would often buy it home to have it together with dinner. If you are on the search for the perfect chicken skin, do try the Tori Q ones! And if you know of any good deep-fried chicken skins on sticks, I'd be so happy to know! But before I find any places that sell good quality chicken skins with a nice sauce over them, I would have my fix at Tori-Q.
Japan in a box
What could rice and skewered meat do in a metropolitan place like Singapore? Well, quite a lot of impact actually.
Tori Q has been a favourite of mine since I first lay eyes on it 2 years back before entering the army. It was a simple meal; warm rice with skewered meat which my cousin introduced to me then.
My favourite and habitual order was their Bento A and if I happen to be feeling rich that day, I would add a couple of pork Asparagus. That is really to queue for with its crunchy asparagus and timely cooked pork which for your information does not give off a stale scent. Bento A itself is a great lunch set itself with 2 sliced chicken sticks, 1 sliced pork stick and 1 chicken ball stick. And it is really one of the few fast food which does not compromise with its food quality.
The automated grilling machine is an opening sight for me and it ensures that the meat are all cooked thoroughly with the dipping sauce to free the employees to trim the burnt ends off the meat. This appeals to me as a customer to see how detailed the employees are to their product and how efficient it is to see a queue of 5 people vanish in less than 5 minutes with smiles on each of their faces.
Definitely it will remain in my eatery books for hopefully years to come and is always a second option when I'm in the paragon vicinity.
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I remember when I was a kid, I would stand outside Tori Q and stare at their Yakitori making machine. My favourite part was when the Yakitori gets dipped into machine’s sauce pool, and comes out of its shower glistening in their spotlights.
Food made by machine can taste as good as handmade ones and Tori Q proves it. By standardizing the heating and cooking times, Tori Q can ensure that their yakitori are cook just right. It brings down the price too!
Cheapest Yakitori in town
Tori-Q is a mid-range restaurant in Singapore that specialises in Yakitori. It has a few outlets in Singapore and they are all situated in prime locations such as Paragon, Junction 8 and Hougang Mall.
Besides selling Yakitori sticks (eg, chicken, pork, quail eggs) customers have to option of adding rice for $1 as well as adding miso soup. While the bento boxes and food packets are disposable, Tori-Q provides tables and seats for customers to enjoy a quick meal. I love Tori-Q as their food are flavourful and taste pretty authentic.
While the Yakitori they serve is cheaper than those in restaurants and taste only slightly inferior, it is still not cheap. A bento box consisting of only 4 sticks of Yakitori cost at least $5.80. However, if you are simply looking for a quick Japanese meal, this is the place to go as the staff are extremely efficient.
Affordable, good Japanese skewered meats
Tori Q's been around for the longest time and they've got outlets everywhere in Singapore. That, I'm thankful for because those fragrant sticks of charred meats often call out to me whenever I'm near a Tori Q outlet. The queue is never-ending but clears fast with those deft fingers behind the panelled glass.
I used to just get a few sticks of skewered meats drenched in flavourful sauces when I'm feeling peckish but recently gave their bento sets a go. These bento sets are surprisingly filling and if you are a fan of seaweed, feel free to request for more - their smiley staff will gladly give you more without charging extra!
These are priced ~$6 so that makes of a reasonably priced meal if you're looking to have your Japanese fast food fix. Oh, I like their chicken balls best out of everything else they have on the menu!
Affordable and hence mediocre.
Tori Q has a good many branches all over Singapore - heartland malls, city malls, you name it. Their branches are always distinctly identifiable through the smell of their yakitori cooking and their open kitchen concept which facilitates the wafting of their food's smell. A good marketing strategy indeed.
When it comes to the yakitori itself, it doesn't disappoint, but I wouldn't go as far as to call it 'good' yakitori. There are plenty of izakaya restaurants in Singapore that offer better quality skewers (albeit at higher prices). However, you get what you pay for here - at just over $1 for most skewers, the flavour of the meat in whatever skewer you order is rich. The texture - less so.
My personal favorite are their Chicken Balls, which I find to be rather unique to them as not many other places offer skewered chicken balls (particularly those which taste as good as the ones here). At an affordable $1.40, I'd recommend a try.
They also offer bento sets, which can serve as surprisingly filling lunches. A generous set would set (pun intended) you back around $6, though you do have to go through the trouble of pulling the meat of the skewers yourself. There are certainly more affordable or value for money options but I suppose if you have a craving for Japanese Skewered Meat (in, or out of bento sets), Tori Q is the place for you to go.
Japanese Fast Food!
Tori-Q is like Japan's answer to our cries for Asian fast food. Meat skewers dipped into sauce, and then nestled on sticky white rice and drenched with gravy, with a side of sour purple pickles. Yumz. However for me I prefer my rice plain so I ask them to skip the sauce!
I used to avoid the pickles, till I tried it one day with the chicken skewer. It went so well together I finished all the pickles and started looking for more. The sour taste goes well with the slightly charred meaty taste.
It amazes me how they always move super quickly despite how long the queue is, and I've never had a rude server at Tori-Q too :) I feel it's quite reasonably priced at a full meal for
Quick fix of Japanese food
Looking for somewhere to get a quick fix for some Japanese food? Tori-Q might just be the place for you. From meat of sticks otherwise known as yakitori to bento boxes and set meals, it is suitable for take-outs. In most stores, they have seats for diners who choose not to take away as well.
For yakitori, the sauce complements the meat and it is not a bad combination. However, there is a tendency of meat getting a little charred at the sides. If you are looking for a quick bite or craving for some protein, here is something to look out for! No, unless during lunch hours, the stores do not have ridiculously long queues. As it acts mainly as a take-out place, the waiting time in the queue will not be too long either.
Those looking for a filling meal can go for the bento box or set meal. Each set meal comes with either three to four sticks of yakitori (dependent on price), Japanese rice topped with sauce and roasted seaweed strips as well as shibazuke. Shibazuke is fermented eggplant with herbs and ginger, otherwise known as pickles. It can get a tad salty but it goes well if you eat it with the rice or meat. Overall, it had been satisfactory and the prices are reasonable too. I wouldn't mind going back if I need a quick fix for some Japanese food!
Cheap and Delicious Japanese Yakitori
Singaporeans love Japanese food, but it's really hard to find cheap but delicious Japanese food here, especially yakitori. However, Tori-Q is one of my favourite places as the food they sell are really reasonably priced and delicious.
I like how they offer different bento sets, and each set includes a variety of yakitori sticks so that customers can have a taste of different meat in one package. I am attracted to their sauce, which I have failed to find anywhere else. The sauce is very fragrant and flavourful, which compliments the succulent meat.
Also, I like how Tori-Q packs their food into those packaging boxes, which makes it easy for people to eat out of, and also easy for takeaways. Affordable, delicious and convenient.
Losing interest i nthis.
I remember having Tori Q a lot when I was young, but I guess as I grew older I started to get a lot more picky of my food. I remember I used to like the food there a lot, but slowly, over time, the food prepared at Tori Q started to get disappointing. The rice is often soggy, the gravvy they put over it is cold and it gives a bad after-taste because of that.
As most of the skewers are cooked way before it's sold to the customer, it's cold too. It's still a better and perhaps healthier option as compared to fast food, but I really wish Tori Q stepped up it's efforts in making its food tastier. The pricing is reasonable for the quality and taste. I'd still get my lunch/dinner from them, but not as much.
Bento sets accompanying me
Talking about ToriQ will bring me and my friends back to our preparation for 'O' level period. With lessons ending late and canteen stalls closing, or being simply bored of school food, we will usually take a 20 to 30 min bus ride to Tampines Mall for ToriQ. The bento sets were, at that time, stress relieving food and rewards for ourselves for all the mugging throughout the week. As we have lessons back in school in the evening, we will take away the bento sets and savour in the delicious meat balls at either the open space garden at Tampines 1 (opposite Tampines Mall) or just back in school. Miraculously, we could eat the sets week after week and not be sick of it. (Well, they have a variety of sticks to choose from!)
I like their purple ginger the most as the sweet and sour taste, or rather, the unique taste goes best with their slightly sticky rice. Thinking about it makes me drool... The sticks and bento sets are sold at reasonably affordable price even for students. The staffs were friendly and recommend their best-selling sticks which never fail to satisfy our taste buds.
The only thing I can complain about is the high calories of the slightly oily sauce. It is quite unhealthy to eat is on regular basis for someone who doesn't exercise regularly. Luckily for us, we are sporty people which enable us to eat abit more with lesser guilt.
Do remember to drink lots of water to replenish all the water loss as well since the sticks can get a little too salty for good.
Savory bites for a quick snack
Tori Q is one of my favorite snack stalls to visit when I'm feeling peckish. The sticks of chicken, meatballs or vegetables are affordably priced around $1-$2. My favorite would be the meatball stick which has 3 meatballs drenched in the yummy savory sauce that goes so well together. My mother often buys the bento set home for my dinner when she has no time to cook. Upon microwaving it, the meat is still tender after a few hour.
The stall assistants can be a bit curt at times as it can get busy. Most of the times I'm served quickly but without a smile or friendly words.
Some of the outlets have seats where you can sit down and enjoy your food. But if you want to eat it on the go, its easy to eat as they give the stick to you in a plastic bag. Be careful though, the stick is often stained with the sauce so your fingers might get dirty. Or you can do as I do, lick the yummy sauce right off your fingers!