Yomenya Goemon prides itself on being the original Japanese pasta restaurant. The restaurant first opened its doors to the Japanese in 1976, and has achieved popularity by re-interpreting the notion of spaghetti in the minds of the Japanese. Yomenya Goemon has achieved considerable success, and are now the 2nd largest food and beverage restaurant in Japan, with branches in Japanese, Singapore as well as Shanghai.
On their menu is a very interesting fusion of Italian and Japanese food. There is a range of pastas with ingredients and toppings typically found in japanese cuisine, and a selection of “Japanese Pizzas”.
Their pasta is still the star of the show, and you're spoiled for choice. My favourite is the Taroko Carbonara, which uses cod roe and mentaiko sauce. It also comes with a raw egg yolk that you can either eat whole, or stir into your spaghetti. There are two kinds of people.
In my opinion, the pasta that goemon serves is really of a higher standard as compared to it's other competitors. There are a variety of unique flavours that I didn't think would have even existed such as it's cod roe pasta. Despite it being more expensive than your normal Pastamania standards, I would opt for quality in this situation. This is due to the fact that at goemon, there is quality service and also a salad bar! Not many restaurants have this type of service.
As for it's pizzas, they are decent tasting but I would still prefer domino's to goemon's pizza's any time of the day.
In all, goemon is indeed a good place to enjoy fusion cuisines if you're willing to spend a little extra.
They have an incredible variety of pasta, and I was spoilt for choice. I think I took 15 minutes to decide. Their pastas come in tomato base, soup base, meat sauce base, sesame sauce, olive oil, soya sauce, and with an array of seafood and meats. They have both Western and Japanese style pastas too.
On my first visit there I had the Genovese pasta, which is shrimp, avocado and herbs. I was amazed at the big portion (a plate cost $12.90), but fortunately the herbs were not overwhelming and the sauce was not too oily, as some genovese sauces have too much olive oil. I was glad the portion was large! Most of my friends had the Cabonara with meat sauce, as it came with an onsen egg which you had to stir into your pasta. I would say the service was good, as the waiters offered us spoons because they felt the sauce was too good to waste.
On subsequent visits I got the opportunity to try many others, and my favourite is the Shabu Shabu Boiled Pork and Japanese vegetables. This pasta comes in sesame sauce, which you might think tastes weird with pasta and which I thought so as well, but I was proven wrong! They seem to complement each other perfectly and the pork was well marinated and bursting with flavour.
Their Cuttlefish Ink pasta tastes not bad as well, but the Shabu Shabu pork still triumphs.
Anyway, we had a pleasant time stuffing ourselves silly, the pastas tasted really great! This is definitely one of the places that I’ll go back to if I’m in town!
Yomenya Goemon is certainly one of the best Japanese pasta restaurants in town. Serving a wide array of different pastas in Japanese style, the restaurant is certainly unique in its fusion of east meets west.
The cream sauce spaghetti at Yomenya Goemon is is delicious. I tried the Crab, Shrimp and Scallop cream sauce spaghetti, and was delighted to discover that the restaurant certainly didn't scrimp on the seafood, and the portion of noodles and sauce was just right. The carbonara there is worth a try as well, as it's creamy without leaving a queasy feeling in the gut after a while.
Although the prices at Yomenya Goemon cannot really be considered cheap, I would say that the price range is more or less affordable, and pretty worth it for such tasty spaghetti. For customers on a tight budget, the restaurant even features a set meal which includes two pasta dishes, a drink or dessert and a small bowl of soup. The set meal is definitely cheap, considering that it consists of two plates of pasta, and would be a good option for couples or friends to share as well.
The service was pretty quick, both at Marina Bay Link Mall, as well as Citylink Mall, and I definitely left the restaurant feeling satiated and impressed each time.
Just about everything I have so far tried is near-excellent, and I absolutely love this place. I highly recommend varieties of their Mentaiko Spicy Cod Roe pasta, of which the dish 'Mentaiko, Shrimp & Japanese Herb Ao-Shiso' is the best. The dish features fresh, springy, succulent prawns, some Japanese mushrooms (which I don't know by name), a sprinkling of dried nori, and a large spoonful of some super flavourful fish roe all atop a bed of pasta cooked al dente. The flavours are fantastic and yet **simple and clean**, which is partly why I love their pasta so much. I don't detect any hint of greasy sauce, just the simplest, freshest flavours.
Of course, I'm not (yet) saying that this is their best dish since I've yet to try several others. They have a variety of bases to choose from -- olive oil, cream, tomato, etc. And I can't wait to try them all!
I always order their carbonara. The creamy spaghetti with egg and bacon is really really really delicious. It doesn't look that appetizing but when I took my first bite, I couldn't stop. Carbonara tends to be too creamy and I get "jelat" after eating half a bowl. However, I can finish the entire serving of Yomenya Goemon's carbonara. It is not too creamy but yet, flavorful. The bacon bits are generous though it is a little fat.
Now, as I am reviewing for Yomenya Goemon, I am thinking about their carbonara and how I wish I've got a bowl in front of me right now.