Actually I’ve never been interested in Menya Musashi before except during it’s opening – when I learnt that the noodles were thick and after a bad review from a galpal that the soup was full of oil, I almost didn’t try it out until my adventurous (and stubborn) husband wanted to give it a go.
The chain of ramen restaurants were named after Miyamoto Musashi, a Japanese swordsman and ronin (浪人, aka samurai without a master haha) and they actually expanded really fast – this is their third branch within half a year or just a bit more, methinks?
Well guess what… The Tokyo Akiba Curry ramen wasn’t that bad! The only thing was that it’s a seasonal item so you may not see it on the menu anymore. I’ve also seen on some food review blogs that food differs from outlet to outlet so… take a chance, I guess? : p
Type of food: Japanese Ramen
Ambiance: Slightly awkward at the Star Vista branch, but not all the seats are awkwardly positioned. Seems a little hard though.
Price: $$ ($14.90 – 15.90?)
Unit Number: #B1-08
Try: Tokyo Akiba Curry!
I was on a diet so I didn’t really join my husband on his ramen indulgence – but I did try the Hotate appetizer – man, awful. Don’t. Try. It.
Our friends forewarned us against this place but since we’ve already plonked our asses on the seats, we proceeded to order anwyay. Oh boy. The noodles were a little weird – it had an interesting aftertaste and the husband commented that the noodles was “old” <-- whatever does that mean!? The soup for our noodles were bland and tasted... silverish. Me no like.
The 猪肠粉 however wasn’t too bad – though there could have been more pork in it!
I honestly expected more from this place actually, because it’s also by the Paradise group which has some of my favorite eateries like Paradise Inn, Seafood Paradise.. but meh. You’re better off sticking to Crystal Jade.
Type of food: Cantonese cuisine – like Crystal Jadde
Ambiance: Plentiful seats, great for families. I like the comfy seats against the walls and partitions but I can forsee that it will crack in time.
Price: $$ (not that expensive lah)
Unit Number: #B1-45/46
Blackball Taiwanese Dessert 黑丸嫩仙草
At first glance, you’ll be confused. I was. I spent about 2 minutes asking questions about how to order and what is this, that, difference in ingredients etc. Basically, they serve you 仙草 (Grass Jelly for those who don’t read chinese – and I LOVE GRASS JELLY) + 2 or 4 toppings of your choice!
Toppings range from kidney beans, nata de coco (shiok), sweet potato balls (yummy), red bean (great with the grass jelly) to 3 kinds of yam and pearls (珍珠!). You can opt for your Grass Jelly to be served in 4 different “temperatures” – Hot, Warm, Cold, Icy (on a block of ice). I’d say, go for the icy one. It’s gooooooood.
At $4.50 for 4 ingredients + grass jelly it’s a pretty good serving and that size is enough for 2 persons (girls) to share. Don’t take too much pearls though, it’s very very starchy ah!
Didn’t really dig the al fresco area though it looks comfy – esp in this weather – so we went in and sat on the seats in the air-conditioned area. Ahhh Bliss.
Oh, btw, the pictures of the mediacorp artist on the wall… gah the desserts and drinks on/in his hands are sooooooo badly photoshopped, it’s worth taking a look haha. The dude’s okay, just not the photoshopping. Me, I want to go back there to eat again… it’s so yummy!
Type of food: Taiwanese dessert
Ambiance: Al fresco seating mostly, the indoor aircon seating can probably accomodate a maximum of 3 x 4 (12 pax)
Price: $ ($4.50 or so)
Unit Number: #02-14/15
Try: Mixing and matching your own, choose the cold one instead of the icy one. Too much ice kindda had to eat!
P.S. Sorry for the difference in photo quality – camera’s battery was flat!
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