Oton is now open for lunch. As with the sister restaurant Okan, Oton keeps options simple. Here the focus is on value oriented donburi bowl sets, udon, soba. Oton's lunch menu here. [Update: Check out my Part Two lunch visits post here!]
The Yakitori-don ($8 with miso soup, +$2 mini soba substitution).
Came with Tori Soboro seasoned minced chicken, quail eggs, grilled chicken gizzard and thigh meat. For eight bucks and to include miso soup and a small side wasn't a bad deal at all. Really enjoyed the Soboro so I knew I'd be getting the Soboro-don eventually.
I opted for the mini soba for an extra $2. The noodles were fairly standard but the broth that was on the light side had a nice scratch made fresh taste.
The Uni/Ikura-don (cleverly named Hokkai-don, $10.50). You get a choice of regular or sushi rice. I usually get regular.
Was impressed with the fair amount of Uni for the price. The salmon roe was also a decent amount. Loved the tamago, nice and sweet. Too bad the rice was a bit mushy this day. A nice lunch it was though. And the miso soup was great, which is always key for me in becoming a return customer.
The Tori Soboro-don set was the cheapest at $6.50. The minced chicken meat was flavored really well and even without the mini udon option (+$2) it was a good and satisfying fill.
The Udon's broth as with the soba's was on the light side, but this is typical Kansai style execution. The tororo konbu was a nice touch. The udon and soba can be had as a full serving.
I usually never have dessert but this day was an exception I guess. There's always room for azuki ice cream in my belly. But I recommend the Macha Panna Cotta for something a little more different.
For the calorie conscious there were two interesting "Salad Donburi's" as well. Hope to be back with friends next time and take over one of them cozy nooks.. :)
Always nice to have another Japanese lunch option in town!
Oton, 5447 Kearny Villa Rd # D, San Diego, CA 92123