Men Men Don Don is a Japanese food kiosk that specialise in selling Japanese food such as Una Don, Gyu Don and Sushi. Men Men Don Don also sells affordable Japanese food.
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The place for a quick Don
Men Men Don Don specialises in serving Japanese cuisine. As the name suggests, Men refers to Ramen (Japanese Noodles) and Don to Japanese Ric. They are priced fairly reasonably - below $10. The quality of their Men and Don are better than average - not disappointing but not to be raved about either. I would say that their sushis are a better deal - $1.40 for two pieces of sushi!
I’ve visited the outlet at NEX and it wasn’t a very pleasant experience as the shop was extremely cramped. My friends and I ended up taking the counter seats, right in front of the kitchen. While it was pretty cool as we got to watch our noodles get prepared first hand, the ventilation in the shop was quite bad.
I ordered takeaways once and the standard of food wasn’t compromised - I was pretty surprised as usually the rice in Japanese Dons would turn soggy. I would recommend Men Men Don Don for people who are looking for a quick lunch to satisfy their Japanese-food-craving as the staff are extremely efficient and the food is not bad tasting!
Japanese food on a shoestring budget
I occasionally patronise the Men Men Don Don outlets at Pasir Ris (White Sands) and Tampines (Century Square) when I feel a craving for cheap, affordable sushi at any point in the day. Indeed, their sushi is extremely affordable: going for as low as $1.40 for two pieces of Sushi (with no GST and Service Charge!).
Their popular items include their Salmon Sushi ($5 for 5) and their Inari Sushi with Crabmeat ($2.50), though I am particularly partial to their latter, which one may find difficult to find served in Sushi restaurants. The only other sushi place I can think of which sells it is Sakae Sushi, and it sells it at the extremely exorbitant price of $4.29.
Their sushi can be consumed at the premises or takeaway, though I would recommend the latter. Both outlets I visited were small and cramped and your personal space is likely to be violated multiple times over the course of your meal. If that isn't an issue for you, then it may be okay to dine in, but I myself stopped dining at the outlet itself after a few times - their sushi isn't THAT good.
That said, they also serve "Men" and "Don" as their name would suggest, referring to Ramen (Japanese Noodles) and Don (Japanese Rice) and at fairly affordable prices, mostly below $8. The quality of their Men and Don are quite average - not disappointing but not to be raved about either. At most marginally better than Japanese stalls at the foodcourt.
All in all, I would recommend this place if you want to grab a quick bite on the way home or satisfy a Japanese craving - its prices remain the same throughout the entire day. If you prefer to sit down and enjoy a good cheap meal, however, there are certainly better places to do so than over at Men Men Don Don. The food may be cheap and decent, but the ambience is terrible.
The space allocated for seats is awfully tiny to the extent that you cannot enjoy your food. Imagine paying $8 for a bowl of noodles, and then having only a 30x30cm space to finish it. Makes you feel slightly claustrophobic.
I've always found the food too expensive for the ambiance it offers. Yes, it might be an approach to overcome the hogging of seats, but on the other hand, its customers aren't enjoying their meal.
Men Men Don Don is a good place to eat if you're in a hurry, especially when you're alone. The space it offers is really too small of accommodate more than 2 people per table. Therefore, it is not suitable for a 'family style' meal.
Expensive.. But no right to complain
To me I've always found the food here a bit pricey. I'm not referring to the boxes of sushi but the meals like oyako don and the udon. Compared to what you can get at the Kopitiam, $6.80 for such meals are really not worth it.
However, whenever I have to eat alone or eat quickly, Men men don don will still compete in my head with other fast food restaurants around, and often it will win.
For one, the small dining area allows me to eat quickly and leave quickly because I don't want to hold up other people. Next, although the meals are expensive, I still grudgingly return because the food is actually quite good.
Just yesterday I ate the oyako don and I was completely satisfied. It was savoury and steaming and I was very happy. So, although I do not agree with the price, I will still go back occasionally.
Personally, I find this shop very efficient in serving food, for the I received my food faster than most fast food restaurants I have tried so far. The food tastes quite acceptable, but I feel it is greatly attributed to the use of large amounts of ajinomoto(MSG).
While the products used like the salmon sashimi and the scallops were rather fresh, the food was extremely salty. However, on a side note, the raw ingredients used like salmon and chuka wakame were fresh, and the sushi rice was quite tasty.
Do visit them when you need your food quick and do not want fried food like fries and burgers, but I advise takeaways as the space is quite constrained despite fast service. Also prepare to quench an insatiable thirst caused by the food
Only for a quick meal
The best and worst part about Men Men Don Don is its tiny shop space. It means that people will eat quickly and leave quickly so they don't hog the seats but also means that you cannot take your time to eat and savour your meal; it also feels slightly claustrophobic.
That aside, the food at Men Men Don Don is quite average - decent food at an affordable price. The food is usually served very quickly. I tried the Udon which I believe is the most popular choice (as seen from many of my friends and other customers in the shop) and it was good, just that I have had better from other Japanese restaurants. I suppose you can't expect too much for the price that you pay.
Teeny tiny space
For Westmall brance first I have to say this -- do not buy their sushi!
Their sushi are not fresh and anyway they have very limited choice.
I always eat their scallop rice or teriyaki chicken rice. I admit it's rather salty. The food has all the typical taste that Singaporeans know of Japanese food. Nothing exciting but once in a blue moon you may think of eating it.
And the space is so limited that there are only two tables for 4 and about 6 counter seats facing the wall. If you make a turn you have to be careful not to bump into anything. You serve your own food. And sometimes because of space constraint you eat hastily.
Love the beef!
I used to visit men men don don real often just because there are always seats and a great place for real quick meals. There aren't long queues and the food is usually served real quick!
The price is also rather reasonable for the quantity, and definitely filling. Although the miso soup might get a little salty at times, it is still manageable.
However, the best part has got to be the beef! Beef don would be one of my all-time favorite dish. The pearl rice is soft and chewy, not too wet nor too dry-- just right. The beef has awesome taste, juicy and tender, without any stinky beef smell or undertaste.
Overall, Men Men Don Don is a great place due to its affordability and good service. If you're a great lover of Japanese cuisine and love affordable stuff, Men Men Don Don would definitely be a good place for you!
Way too salty
During the opening of NEX, this tiny store caught my attention. I was delighted to find a cheaper Japanese food store in my neighbourhood, that doesn’t look too bad.
However, looks can be deceiving. Let’s start from the packed sushi that is placed in the usual open top refrigerator. Horrible, I must say. It isn’t fresh, neither is it tasty. It spoiled my appetite. Now, as for the meals, such as Udon and rice sets, they are simply too salty! Yes, it is tasty but I can taste the MSG added in my meal!
If you are addicted to salty things like my sister, you will love this place. But if you are extremely health conscious, then I would advise you to never step foot into this store.
Yay for the love of Udon!
Udon has got to be one of my favourite types of noodles. I love the thick strands that are so smooth you can practically slurp them down. While Men Men Don Don doesn't sell gourmet Udon, it doesn't do too badly. Just that the soup is a little too salty but I get around that by requesting for less salt in my soup. The staff are very obliging and they try their best to accommodate your requests!
Men Men Don Don is relatively cheap and the portions are large enough that it is very filling. Great for a quick meal or udon fix!