Named after a legendary samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, it is credited as the pioneer of a new ramen culture in Japan serving up authentic japanese ramen in white red and black versions of soup bases.
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A little disappointing
After chancing upon a huge banner outside Thomson Plaza that read “Menya Musahi: the most popular ramen store in Japan”, my family decided to check the place out, to see what it had in store.
Upon entering the spacious and rather dimly lit restaurant, we were surprised to find that we were the only diners there, despite it being the lunch hour. While we were cheerfully welcomed in the usual Japanese-styled chorus as we stepped into the restaurant, service seemed slow and it took quite a while for us to get the attention of the clusters of waiters who were chatting amongst themselves. Perhaps it was due to the lack of a crowd that day, but it's definitely an area that can be improved on.
We had ordered several versions of ramen sets, that came with such as sushi and gyozas (Japanese dumplings) – an interesting and rarely seen complement to ramen. While the ramen was definitely tasteful, it was unfortunately not as memorable as I had expected – the ramen grew a little soggy too soon, and the meat that came along with the ramen was a little bland and tough. The sides, though a delightful treat, were also rather ordinary.
All in all, though our experience there was not a bad one, we were definitely expecting much more from such a highly-rated place.
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Tsukemen for Hungry Samurais
Menya Musashi is one of my favourite ramen places. They hit a sweet spot between price and quality for me, and they have outlets at all my common haunts. I love the Samurai themed decorations in all their outlets too.
However, I noticed that although they come under the same brand and generally have the same menu, there are significant differences between outlets. The Raffles City outlet uses a different Char Siew from the West Gate outlet, and the Vivo City outlet has free flow hard boiled eggs.
My favourite Ramen is the Tontoro Tsukemen, because you can get a massive amount of ramen with their free upsize. The x5 ramen weighs in at 600g which is madness, so I usually go for a humble x2 upsize, or x3 if I’m hungry.
Best Average Ramen?!?
Menya stands for noodle house and Musashi is a famous swordsman. Hence by having such a shop name. I do have quite a expectation on them. However, it was not as great as I hoped.
If you ask me, I would say it taste better than Ajisan Ramen but if you were to compared with those famous ramen then the standard us just not there. The ramen there comes in 3 colours, white, red and black. White is the original ones. (my husband was eating.), red is the spicy ones (I was having this) and black is the garlic ones. I quite like the soup of the original one. The downside of the soup is it is a bit oilier than normal ones. The noodles was slightly thicker than those I normally eat elsewhere but the texture was good. The meat, charsiew and the rib is slightly below average. They are not tender and yet it does not melt in your mouth too. I am very particular with the egg served with the ramen and the egg on my husband's ramen was almost fully boiled and mine was also 75% cooked. It doesn't have the soft sticky texture that most Japanese ramen have.
The staff is quite prompt with their service. However, there is a mistake by one of the staff when she delivered wrongly yet insist she was right. I ordered a red and a white ramen and she delivered a black and a red one. I told her the red one is mine, she then said if the red one is mine then the black one is also mine. It was few mintues later her colleague told her than the black one belonged to another table and the red one was mine. In addition, I am also not so pleased with paying S$1 for one jar of unrefillable water. Everyone knows ice water comes from tap and most places will give it as complementary.
Overall, I do not find it fantastic but yet I do not find it awful. It has good noodle and soup but the meat and egg are just not great. If there is really no choice, I think this is a place to go but since there is a ipuudo there (westgate) so I think they should really do something about the meat served.
black white red ramen
Menya Musashi's ramen are pretty good in my opinion. So far, I have been there nearly 5 times and I have yet to get sick of it. Which means, I sort of like their ramen. Other than their ramen, the queue during dinner time is not insanely long, which is also a plus point for me as I dislike waiting.
Menya Musashi has 3 types of ramen broth, the white, black and red. White is the original, black is garlic and red is spicy. So far, I have tried the white and black one. The black ramen however, does not have any garlic taste. Instead, it is just saltier and oilier than the original broth. Their cha shu is just average. You can add sides and drinks to complete the meal. Their white fish and chicken karaage is pretty tasty in my opinion.
Overall, not the best place for ramen but it can be pretty satisfying and pricing is quite reasonable too.
I didn't like it. My friend always raves about Menya and how good it is so one day I decided to go try it. Bad mistake and a $20+ lesson learnt.
Ambience was great, a lot of effort put into the deco of the whole place. Service was alright, a little slow but that is to be expected during peak hour. A little complain here, I found the seats uncomfortable. I ordered a smoked duck black base ramen and a side dish of fried octopus to go along with it. Food was served in about ten minutes or so.
The fried octopus was better than the ramen itself. I enjoyed it so much more. It was crispy, hot and just nice to have. The ramen was a different story. The noodles reminded me of korean instant noodles and had a strong "yellowy" taste. The soup was heavy, oily, lukewarm and way too salty. The sliced smoked duck can be found at cold storage. You know those vacuum packed kind? Yeah they used those. I was expecting it to be fragrant, tasty and more distinctly flavored. maybe my expectations were too high (*stares at friend who raves about it*) hahahaha. I didn't finish my noodles, left feeling meh-ish about this place and went somewhere else to eat again.
Deep in its essence
I feel that the fare Menya Musashi provides follows closely with the samurai the restaurant is named after, famous for his prowess with his double swords. Picture the samurai with his hands outstretched, one sword in each hand lying down on a map. The tip of one sword rests on Japan whereas the other tip rests on Singapore. The analogy in this case is that this is the most authentic Japanese food you can ever get in Singapore.
The thing to look out for would be its ramen. What I feel about the ramen, in comparison with competing restaurants such as Ajisen Ramen's ramen would be the deep, rich flavour of the dish itself, especially the sauce. The ramen is cooked in a satisfactory manner, you can expect it to not be too soggy (which i find is sometimes the case with Ajisen), the eggs are wonderful bites, the meat is cooked just right, with special garnishing of the onion itself instead of the more commonly used onion leaves. A word of advice, just focus on the ramen itself whenever you visit Japanese restaurants, if you want to eat the cheese rice, you should go to a Western restaurant instead. The ramen illustrates the essence of the restaurant, and for Menya Musashi, I find that the ramen was to my satisfaction.
Moreover, I like the confidence of the restaurant. According to my readings, they opened just 5 outlets in Singapore with the expectation of capturing a share of the Japanese cuisine market here, definitely takes guts to do so. That being said, what I did not like was the price I was charged, I definitely did not feel that paying almost $20 was satisfactory for the meal I had: A ramen, an appetizer and cold water.
The menu caught my attention when my mom, aunt, and sister were planning on something to eat when we were at Westgate. I have been to many Japanese restaurant but none of them offers something like I saw on the menu.
Their menu offers ramen with a choice of soup from the 3, namely, black, white and spicy. You can even choose whether you want it separated or together with the ramen. That really made us interested in trying.
All of the soup were overall quite salty in taste but they taste pretty good. I think it would be preferable to have it separated with the ramen or else your ramen would be too salty.
I also had one of its desserts - black sesame pudding.
It tasted really milky and might be a little bland. But to think that we had such salty dish before the dessert, it is considered fair that we have something lighter after.
One day my friends and I walked past Menya Musashi at Raffles City, and since we're hungry and I'm on a I-wanna-try-all-popular-ramen-in-Singapore quest, we went in.
They have a wide variety of dishes to choose from and I ordered this Tsukemen, which is like dry ramen served with a bowl of thick soup(somewhat like sauce) for you to dip your ramen in when eating. It was really interesting and it was indeed satisfying even though a little bit salty for me. You're able to choose the serving size of your noodles for free up to 5 times although 2-3 will be enough for most people.
I also tried the Red and White ramen my friends ordered and we also ordered a few side dishes. Overall, I would say it's good!
Surprisingly Good Ramen!
My husband and I have developed a bit of an obsession with ramen and have visited several ramen restaurants in Singapore and Tokyo. I'm usually very skeptical of chain restaurants but have to say that Menya Musashi boasts some pretty decent ramen.
For appetizers, we ordered the Gyoza and Curried Calamari which was pretty tasty but nothing compared to the main star of the show.
For mains, I got the "Red" Cha Shu Ramen, which was supposed to be spicy but unfortunately wasn't fiery in the last! Nonetheless, it was incredibly delicious. The broth was rich and creamy whilst managing not to be overly oily or salty (great for the sake of my kidneys!) The egg was perfect and maintained a gooey center while the pork was tender and juicy.
My husband got the Akiba Curry Ramen. The ramen was served in a curry infused broth, not just a curry sauce. The curry ramen was surprisingly good and a refreshing change, although the pork was not as fatty or succulent as those served in the traditional version.
Apparently loads of people are fans of Menya, so if you go, please be sure to head down by 5:30 or you'll be spending lots of time in a queue!
They have an outlet at Raffles City, and because my mother is working there, she tells me that the queue is so damn long during lunch hours. And i wonder why. And she wonders why too.
Then, once, after a whole long day of shopping, this was the only stop to fuel our tired bodies, we hopped in- thankfully there was no queue as it was close to 10- and hastily ordered anything and everything off the menu. At that late hour, with lunch being the last meal, i gave caution to the wind on ordering anything "safe" that is things that i think that we would be able to accept because my family ain't too keen on Japanese ramen. We ordered two bowls to share and when i food came, I looked at the two huge bowls of shoestring noodles floating in murky stock with hints of chill oil. Not to forget the golden egg half with the yolk semi solidified and glistening in its own cholesterol laden glory.
First sip of the soup. Second sip of the soup. Too salty!
The noodles were no big deal, the eggs were well, just eggs. The meat slices were tender, i cannot deny but the soup was the killer to the meal. One of them was semi transparent and was viscous, and looking at it glob down my spoon, I was rather disgusted.
After the meal, we were gulping down bottle after bottle of water to soothe our parched throats. Not good. Evident of the high amount of salt we consumed, and we didn't even finish the noodles, which is very unlike us.
Average at best
There's nothing worth mentioning about Menya Musashi except that it's very, very average, and we were expecting a lot more seeing as how there's always a long queue at the entrance during dinner time.
They distinguished between red-, black-, and white-based ramen broths but, apart from colour, there isn't much difference. Perhaps the red broth is only slightly spicier than the rest and the white broth slightly creamier than the rest. But, whatever the colour, whatever the minute difference is, the broth is not anything memorable. It was a tad too salty.
The noodles were somewhat springy and nice to chew on. And the pork was fat and tender and flavourful too. But there were a couple of weird ingredients like bean sprouts and bamboo shoots, which I think really shouldn't belong to a dish of Japanese origin. I thought I was eating a bowl of Chinese noodles at some hawker.
And lastly, the seasoned egg was way below expectations, disappointingly overdone.
Trust me, for those ramen fans out there who haven't yet tried this place, don't bother. Instead, go grab a bowl of Marutama.