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1 July 2012 One Comment

Menya Musashi at Raffles City, Singapore

Menya Musashi outlet at Raffles City Shopping Centre

We were told recently that a new Japanese restaurant, belonging to purportedly the best Ramen franchise in Japan, has just opened its doors in Raffles City Shopping Centre. That’s a pretty serious credential for a ramen store and therefore, we were more than keen to try it out. The arrival of Menya Musashi has definitely spiced the ramen scene in Singapore up a few notches higher. On any given day, this can be evidenced from the perpetual queues that form up outside Menya Musashi during lunch and dinner hours. This new arrival does indeed give their competition a run for their money!

Simplistic menu at Menya Musashi

Wanting to avoid the crowd, we planned our visit at 5pm, just before the dinner horde arrives. At a glance, we were convinced that the key to Menya Musashi’s secret to success is simplicity. Instead of a thick booklet, we were presented with a two-sided menu printout. The content was equally simple. Patrons can choose to enjoy the store’s unique Ramen noodles as soup-based Ramen or dipping-style Tsukemen Ramen, accompanied by any one of three special broths – each distinctly colored white, red, and black. In addition, there are two choices of toppings, either kakuni (pork belly) or chasu (rolled pork loin).

White tsukemen ramen at Menya Musashi Singapore

White Tsukemen Ramen

We chose the white Tsukemen ramen and black soup-based ramen. From the first spoon on, the soups were brilliant. The store seems to take great care in combining all the ingredients into a delightful concoction of savoury broths. The noodles served were also rather unique. In contrast to ramen noodles in a typical restaurant in Singapore, the noodles at Menya Musashi were thicker, and had a more springy consistency. We felt that the noodles were best paired with the dipping sauce, as individual strands of the ramen soak up all the rich and wonderful flavour of the sauce. The soup-based Ramen was pretty good too, but somehow it felt more diluted. A word of caution, some readers may find the dipping sauce a tad too salty for their liking. If you prefer your food with less salt, you may want to stick with Menya Musashi’s soup-based ramen.

Black kakuni ramen at Menya Musashi Singapore

At the end of our meal, we were delighted to find the total bill quite palatable. Despite its Japanese origin and great reputation, Menya Musashi did not charge a steep premium for its noodles. Overall, the crew enjoyed the meal and would probably visit again in the future.

Travel Info

Menya Musashi -Raffles City Shopping Centre #01-16
252 North Bridge Road

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