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Maru, Icon Village

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Maru is an Asian fusion eatery that is newly opened in Icon Village at Gopeng Street. Like its food, the vibe of the place cuts across two or more cultures; the name sounds Japanese but the interior feels very backstage broadway. There’s even a cosy corner for added privacy if needed.

Maru’s menu is separated into lunch and dinner, which I think gives better focus and efficiency during the respective peak hours. I tried their lunch.


Bonito Grilled Eel Fried Rice, $13.

When I read that it was fried rice, I instinctively prepared myself for minced unagi fried rice topped with bonito flakes (come on, at $13 in Tanjong Pagar, who wouldn’t think so?). Surprise surprise! Two chunks of eel with bonito flakes, chives, furikake, omelette shreds and seaweed. Mix everything together and viola! You’ve got yourself a delicious rice bowl.

My friend tried the Uni Ikura Angel Hair Pasta ($26) and she said it was super good! I guess it’s another excuse for me to return to this place for lunch again.

Mixed Lotus Roots and Potates with Truffle, $8.

These thinly sliced vegetables with truffle oil are so crispy and addictive! I normally wouldn’t finish sides, but I couldn’t stop for this!

Popcorn Shrimp with Wasabi and Sour Cream, $8.

My impression of the shrimps is that they were very well drained. Throughout my whole meal, the prawns stayed crunchy and pleasant to the bite. I felt that the prawns can stand alone actually, no need for the sour cream sauce and corn bits.

Overall, I really like this place as the fusion food they serve is really quite creative. They have other items like iberico pork ramen and grilled pork jowl which sounds delicious. Might head here for dinner as well as!

Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, #01-05, 078877

Mondays to Fridays: 1130am to 11pm

Saturdays and PHs: 4pm to 11pm

Closed Sundays.

+65 6327 1123

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Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen, Liang Court

Worth a try.

What’s this volcano thingy? It’s Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen! Kazan (火山) means volcano in Japanese. What happens here is that your noodles are served to you in an extremely hot stone bowl. The waiter then pours the tonkotsu soup from the flask into the stone bowl before quickly capping the volcano lid. The end result is lots of steam gushing through the tiny opening, creating a volcano effect minus the eruption of tonkotsu soup and ramen. Be careful. 🔥

Pretty interesting experience. After a minute or so, the waiter removes the volcano lid and viola! Your noodles are ready to be eaten.

I chose the spicy miso ($15.80). I loved it! The soup was  flavourful and the ingredients were all crunchy and fresh. The char siew was quite forgettable though.

Enjoy your ramen! The meal comes with a bowl of rice which you can add into the soup after finishing your noodles. Two ways of enjoyment. 

Won’t you be too full? Yes and no. Firstly, all ramen comes in two sizes. The smaller portion suffices for most people. Secondly, it looks like a lot of carbs, but actually the noodles are being propped up by a generous handful of bean sprouts and vegetables. This prevents the noodles from getting burnt by the hot stone bowl. That said, this ramen is certainly not for you if you happen to dislike bean sprouts. 

177 River Valley Road, #01-09/10 Liang Court, S(179030)

Daily 11am to 1030pm

Fridays and Saturdays till 3am

+65 63976636

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Tsuta Singapore, Pacific Plaza

Go when there’s a slight queue.


Am not sure a 1.5 hour wait is worth it for Tsuta, a one Michelin star ramen. I was there on a rainy Saturday night at 8pm and still the queue was snaking! The wet conditions outside really made me yearn for the hot bowl of ramen that everyone was talking about, but alas! When I finally reached the entrance, there was more queuing to be done inside (as above). Bummed.

Counter where you key in your orders and pay, McDonalds style. It’s a very Jap thing to do and quite prevalent in Japan – Minimise awkward conversations while automating the whole process.

One chef to set the noodles, one to lay out the sliced char siew pieces, one to put the garnishes. 

Truffle Shoyu Ramen ($16.80 with egg). Comes with one slice of char siew. The bigger portion comes with four slices and cost $22.80 with egg. I heard that the Shoyu version is stronger tasting than the Shio version.

I think truffle instantly makes anything taste awesome. Fries, pizza, edamame, ramen. So the soup was delicious. I slurped a huge portion which I don’t normally do. I also liked that their bamboo shoots weren’t the typical factory cut short pieces. It was one long piece for Tsuta. Could have been less stingy and given more than one though. Char Siew was quite soft and had a nice texture to it. Noodles were pretty normal.

Great job for the flavoured egg. Even if you don’t fancy ramen eggs, go for this.

Tsuta is one of the better Shoyu ramens in Singapore, but I wouldn’t go when the queue is more than 30 minutes. Also, if you’re not a truffle lover, skip this place completely. They only have two versions of ramen, and both come with truffle.

9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza, #01-01, S(228210)

Daily 11am to 10pm

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Menya Musashi, Star Vista, Buona Vista

No.

Being a huge ramen fan myself, I had to try Menya Musashi since I’ve heard good reviews about them. They have four more brances besides Star Vista, namely Ion, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Thomson Plaza and Vivocity.

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Basic white char siew ramen.

What’s unique about this ramen franchise? Their soup bases comes in three different types — white, red and black. White is the more conventional type of soup base that we usually eat elsewhere, while red is pretty obvious that it’s spicy. I haven’t quite figured out what’s black. Their soups are made from boiling pork bones over long hours, so expect to slurp some really thick concoction.

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Tomato white char siew ramen.

Pretty much an outstanding feature is that they have duck meat as one of the ramen toppings on their menu. I didn’t get to try the duck meat, but the char siew and noodles that I tried were above average, pretty yummy I would say.

They do offer what they call Tsukemen, where you would eat the noodles like how you’d usually eat your cold soba, except that it’s a bowl of soup instead. Again, didn’t try this cos it didn’t look very promising.

Or maybe I should have, because I would usually slurp my ramen down to the very last chopped spring onion. Not for Menya. I didn’t even finish half my bowl. That’s how bad it is. The worst ramen I have ever eaten. Even buying those frozen fresh ramen packs at $5 per pack is tons nicer than this. Really. And the tomato, which should give the soup an added boost of sweetness, failed to save the day.

Well, all hope is not lost though. A couple of my friends have told me that Menya is particularly bad at Star Vista only (corroboration: the above sentiments don’t just belong to me alone); the rest of the branches are pretty awesome. I guess, I shall give it a second chance when I visit the other places. Do wait for it, although it may take quite a while.

Website here if you wanna check this place out. Reminder: I really disliked the one at Star Vista.

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