Marutama Ramen まる玉らーめん

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Ramen Rah Rah!
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4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
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4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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4.5
I was never a fan of ramen, so when my friend decided to host a birthday dinner here, I wasn’t really keen to turn up actually. Then again, the birthday girl rules for the day.

Ambience in the restaurant was cozy. With dimmed lightings and dark wooden furniture, helps with the visual impact of bringing out the colors of your food.

I was told that the char shu and the tamago was to die for, and we placed double orders for it. Since I wasn’t a ramen specialist, I went for the standard bowl (just in case I really didn’t appreciate it).

I regretted. It was good. The char shu literally melted the moment it touched my tongue, not exaggerating! It has this nicely charred aroma which teases your nostrils too. Now I know why an order wasn’t enough.

The ramen soup base was really well done. The flavor was really intense, one can really taste the efforts put into boiling it. I was also really amazed at how perfectly the tamago was made – their yolk was semi-solid, semi-liquid. Awesome!

On top of that, we also ordered gyozas to share. It was good too. The gravy that it was served in wasn’t heavily loaded with vinegar, hence we managed to savour the pure taste of the gyozas.

I’m proud to say I’m now a fan of ramen – Marutama Ramen only.

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Best Part:
Char shu, tamago
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My most favourite ramen in Singapore
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4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
4.5
This place serves my most favourite ramen in Singapore. You must absolutely try it! Here are some highlights: the soup base is not the usual pork-bone type, but a thick chicken stock. The chaashuu (fatty pork) is really well seasoned and melts in your mouth. Order the grilled one if you can afford to splurge a bit, trust me - you'll get hooked. The aji-tamago is simply one of the best I've had. They've not only managed to perfect the semi-boiled texture of the egg but the soya sauce flavour as well.

The basic Marutama ramen comes with a generous serving of fresh spring onions, seaweed and just one slice of chaashuu, so I usually order an additional aji-tamago or extra slices of chaashuu to go with. Other items on the menu include a version of ramen served with a huge portion of vegetables (carrots, cabbage, beansprouts, seaweed, etc), and one that comes with chicken meatballs instead of chaashuu. Side dishes like gyoza, and omelette are available as well.

Now I'd like to mention that this place has a number of branches. I've gone to the ones at Clarke Quay's Central (which is the original branch), Liang Court, Suntec and even the one just opposite the OCBC building at Raffles Place - I must say the one at Central is still the best one, or maybe it's just me. Anyway, do try it and let me know what you think.

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
Best Part:
Chaashuu and Aji-tamago
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Delicious!
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4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.5
MaruTama Ramen sells only Ramen, and from their menu you can choose either a spicy or non-spicy version. I always go for the spicy version because it adds a kick to the dish! You have to add additional cost for the egg, which is a must because what is Ramen without the classic ajitsuke tamago!

I love how the noodle is especially thin and the soup is rich in flavour. There is usually a long queue to go into the restaurant but waiting time tends to be short because of the limited menu. Definitely a must-try despite the slightly high pricing as the taste is spectacular!

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Average Spent Per Person:
15
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love love love!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.5
MARUTAMA RA-MEN is one of my favorite ramen places in town. I usually visit the one at Liang Court. The interior of the restaurant is dark and though the menu may not look impressing, their ramen will definitely leave you super impressed!

I always order my ramen with eggs. The eggs have a soft and watery centre which is so delightful to my tastebuds. The noodles that they use are springy and absorbs the flavor of the soup very well. The chicken broth soup is heavenly. Words do no justice to how delicious the soup taste. Unlike other ramen stalls where their soup base is way too salty and has a chockfull amount of MSG in it, MARUTAMA RA-MEN's soup is not salty at all. Yet, it is tasty and flavorful.

I always leave the restaurant with a very satisfied tummy, hoping to be back again for more!

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The best ramen ever!
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.5
Overall Score 
 
4.5
I've been to Marutama in both Liang Court and The Central umpteen times and each time, and I can't help but fall in love with their half-boiled seasoned egg that works out perfectly with the Chicken soup Ra-men. It's a MUST for me to have 2 half-boiled seasoned eggs each time I dine there. The ramen served at Marutama definitely tasted authentic, and not like those commonly-found rubbery noodles that many ramen stalls serve.

Having tried their sides like the Yaki Charsiu (grilled roast pork) and Yaki Gyoza (grilled dumpling), I personally love the Yaki Charsiu which was sinfully satisfying! The Yaki Gyoza tasted average but I found them rather oily.

What I found to be rather thoughtful is the ramen refill service which Marutama provides. For some guys who are big-eaters, isn't that a great thing?

Indeed, the simplest dish is the best tool to showcase the cooking skills of the chefs. And, we are definitely paying for high quality and the best-ever authentic ramen at Marutama!

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The real ramen master
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
5.0
Overall Score 
 
5.0
Imagine a bowl of delicious savoury hot chicken soup with springy and smooth noodles, coupled with a seasoned boiled egg that is soft in the centre, soft melt in your mouth char siu and tasty seaweed. Seems like divine food isn't it? Well thats the type of ramen served at this place. The noodles are really handmade and is unique to the usual yellow ramen noodle we see at stalls, and the broth is just that good.

The aosa seaweed is different from normal seaweed, and it can't really be found anywhere else. Do also give the prawn ramen a try, its strongly prawn-flavoured soup will be a delight to prawn lovers. They also serve up delicious sides, from soft chawanmushi, to tasty steamed radish and even pork cutlet which is of a better quality then many other japanese restaurants.

The environment is clean, and service is rather efficient. Do check out the japanese goods like the daruma doll being sold at the counter(united square). When ordering ramen, I usually tell them to not add any negi(spring onions), as I feel it changes the natural taste of the soup too much.

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Branch Location:
Central/United Square
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My favourite ramen place.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Ambience 
 
4.5
Service 
 
4.5
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
5.0
Our dining experience at Marutama has always been nothing short of satisfying but our most recent (and first) visit to the outlet at United Square was exceptionally good. We were surprised to see that, unlike at the outlets at Clarke Quay and Suntec City we frequent, the menu at this outlet has been expanded so that it now consists not only of their regular chicken-based ramen items, in which they specialise, but also various rice items like curry rice and oyako-don. The new menu also offers a wider selection of side-dishes.

We ordered their Spicy Karashi Ramen with extra toppings of sliced pork 'char siu' and a seasoned egg, oyako-don, and two side-dishes of Japanese-style fried egg. The oyako-don was accompanied by some strange-looking but delicious pickles which complemented it and a bowl of miso soup, which had a simple, clean flavour and completely unlike the miso soup you get elsewhere, which tends to be a tad overpowering, in terms of flavour and saltiness. The oyako-don itself is as satiating and delicious as it gets -- generous toppings of tender chicken breast with eggs and onions.

The next item is a must-try, their Spicy Karashi Ramen, which, in our opinion, should be the signature dish of the restaurant. That is what we order *every* time we step into Marutama, and it never fails to satisfy. The broth is slightly thicker than regular soup and very rich in flavour, a little salty, a little buttery even. And who would have expected a 100% chicken broth to have such depth and complexity of flavour! This is not some chicken-flavoured Maggi instant noodles we're talking about; this is something masterfully put together and far surpasses the regular pork bone, miso, and shoyu broths of so many ramen chains. If you have extra cash to spare, I highly recommend the following toppings: green aosa seaweed (which is different from the dried nori used by many Japanese restaurants), seasoned egg, and an extra helping of their pork 'char siu' which is tender, fatty, and melts in your mouth like butter.

We were also impressed by the service at the United Square outlet. A Japanese lady, apparently the lady boss of the place, recommended some fruity wines to us. We could tell she was Japanese somehow, so we made the effort to communicate with her in her native language. And she was warm and friendly throughout our exchange.

The total bill amounted to quite a hefty 66 but, at least, we paid for quality food and service.

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