Marutama Ramen まる玉らーめん

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Quality Ramen
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
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3.5
Service 
 
3.5
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3.5
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3.5
Marutama is a small Japanese restaraunt that specialises in ramen. I recently dined here with a friend and had their ramen with pork-based soup. The soup was really good – fragrant, with a strong flavour that is not overly so. The noodles too, were nice and springy. Also, considering the price, we were actually given quite a few pieces of chashu!

Another dish we had was one of their side dishes – a $5 bowl of rice. I highly recommend this for those who are not that into ramen. It came with meat and vegetables and was overall very tasty! Add on another side dish, and it could easily become a satisfying meal.

The place is quite dimly-lit and the tables and seats are of dark wood, making for a very cosy dining experience. What I didn't like though, was that the tables were too close together. It was just really unsettling and made me feel really holed up. As for the service, it was above average. The staff were polite and sincere, even giving us suggestions as to what would be more affordable, seeing that we were only students.

My friend and I came here during dinnertime, so there was understandably very few empty seats. However, our cramped seating area affected our overall experience. I had a good time here, but hope that if i do visit a second time, I would get a better and more spacious seat!

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Average Spent Per Person:
14
Best Part:
Soup
Branch Location:
The Central
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Good service but average ramen
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3.5
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2.5
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4.0
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4.0
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2.5
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3.5
Marutama Ramen specializes in chicken soup based ramen, like Tori King. It is a senior of Tori King but I have to admit that I much prefer Tori King's chicken ramen as compared to Marutama. There are 4 types of ramen to choose from and I chose the non-spicy chicken ramen while my friends both had the spicy chicken soup ramen. It was relatively crowded at the Liang Court branch and we waited for a bit before our ramens were being served to us.

My non-spicy chicken ramen tasted average. The chicken broth was light and had a distinct chicken flavor but I was hoping for more oomph, something thicker and more flavorful. It lacked the complexity that I would have liked. The natural sweetness of the chicken stock was also not present. I have heard raves for this ramen place so I was wondering if my taste buds were a little under the weather that day. The noodles were springy and its texture reminded me of instant noodles. You can still tell the difference but when inside the mouth, it made me feel like I was eating instant noodles. Still good tasting noodles though. My friend said that the spicy noodles were not spicy enough. I guess this place is not for heavy tasters, if you are looking for a simple, light and healthy bowl of ramen, you can consider this place. Otherwise, I would recommend Tori King instead for chicken-based ramen.
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Best ramen!
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4.0
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4.0
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3.5
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3.5
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4.0
Didn’t like the frequent long queue during dinner time but cant bear to give their ramen a missed! Perhaps the outlet at Central is really small, thus the frequent long queue. However, their services were quite fast so you don’t really have to wait very long to eat your bowl of hot and delicious ramen.

They are able to create the perfect ‘q q’ feeling of ramen with their near to perfection egg! I seriously loved their rich tasty soup and the chashu! Put the diet plan and calories aside when it comes to chashu!

Price for a bowl of ramen is more on the costly side so it’s not something you can have it everyday. Plus their menu for selection is really limited. And because of the frequent long queue during dinner time, it’s not a good place for you to enjoy your drinks and chit chat with friends after dinner.
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Ramen is delicious. Service may need some areas of improvement
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4.0
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4.5
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3.0
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3.5
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4.0
Having tried several branches, specifically the ones at United Square and Suntec City, I must say the quality of the ramen is pretty consistent. It is likely that the menu differs slightly from branch to branch, but the ramen menu is the same across all branches.

The standard-101 ramen order will be the Marutama Ramen which consists of two slices of chashu (sliced pork) with a generous topping of spring onions and vegetables, where you have a choice of spicy or non-spicy soup base. I’ve tried all four types of the ramen and they taste about the same to me, so it’s likely to be permutations of the same soup base. The only one that tastes slightly different is Aka-Ramen, which according to them, has some special spices. The soup base is refreshing though as it differs from the usual soy-based or pork-based used in other ramen chains.

My personal favourite is the Tan-Men, as it has a healthy topping of vegetables including cabbage, seaweed and bean sprouts which are blanched just right – not too raw and not too soggy - so that by the time it is served, you can let the vegetables simmer for a while in the soup to soak up the flavour. The soup base is delicious and I tend to slurp up the soup till the last drop. There are two side dishes which I usually order, which are Dashimaki (pan-fried omelette) and Daikon (broiled radish). These may not be available across all branches though. The Dashimaki is a hit-and-miss at times, as it can be over-fried, but when they do get it right, the omelette is served hot with a layered texture that is easy to eat. The quality of Daikon has been consistent so far as it is basically simmered till soft so that you can pretty much taste its natural flavour.

The service is nothing to hound about as they are competent but impersonal - after all, there are only a few items which you can order, so the service staff want to and tend to take orders quickly. Case in point, there was once when the Dashimaki was over-fried till burnt and I requested for an exchange of the item. “No more already. This is our last Dashimaki ” was the answer. So I guess what they were telling me was - take the burnt Dashimaki or leave it. This was lunch time at about 12.45 pm.

If you are one of those who go more for the soup, rather than ramen, then remember to pace yourself while eating, so that you have enough soup to slurp at the end, as they don’t offer any soup refills.

I tend to eat salty and some of my friends have remarked that the soup is pretty salty, but I always ask for the “ramen sauce” which is a salt-based sauce (like soy sauce) that you can drop into almost anything that is on your table, including the ramen and the side dishes. So if you are tired of your usual ramen chain store, then Marutama may offer an ‘oishi’ and refreshing change.
Owner's reply March 11, 2013

Is that so? I've been to many outlets including the ones at Suntec, The Central, Liang Court, and United Square, and I think the service is consistently fine, if not good, especially if there happens to be a Japanese lady boss running the place.

You must have been unlucky enough to catch them on a bad day.

KT
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