Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ma Maison Nagoya @ The Central, Clarke Quay, Singapore

Hamburger patty as a main course? And you are calling it Japanese western food?

Undoubtedly my precise impression of Ma Maison when i first read about this place; cropping up at some of the food blogs. With an above average rating as well, something is wrong somewhere, is it them or is it some wire up in my head or i just didn't get the meaning of fusion?

Born in Nagoya, it has branches all over Japan and obviously one more in The Central, Clarke Quay, Singapore.

Seeing that this was almost like a tourist attraction (to the foodies) and that a nice japanese lady greeted us at the doorway, i guess it was an easy choice to make this my dinner stop.

Stepping inside and you are transformed to another place (or i am sure that was the intended feeling). Oozing an ambience that probably matches all the sleazy looking parisan cafes (i haven't been into one though), everyone is seated closely and the music is pretty loud (jazzy chinese music though, very un-french but i liked).

Looking at the front page of the menu, i see paella (wondering when that was french). Flipping through the pages and immediately you see that the speciality is the various hamburger steak that they serve, along with some pasta and rice dishes.

Definitely a simple restaurant.

Their signature hamburger steak (size L), was huge and not tough. The lean/fat meat ratio was nice and rarely did i need to chew and bite before the meat slide down the throat. If you are looking for steak texture, then this is not for you. Looking for a lazy man steak, this is it! The egg and mash potato completes the perfect protein meal. Special mention must go to the brown sauce that ties up the whole dish, really delish!

Another version of the hamburger, was served on a hot plate, sauce poured over it by the waitress and lime squeezed thereafter. The patty rests on a piece of eggplant, just look how thick the meat is!

Seafood Mentaiko Pasta, my friend mentioned it was different from all the usual pasta he is accustomed to, maybe the mentaiko? Didn't get to try sadly.

The rice options either gives you plain rice or rice wrapped in an omelette served with slice beef and special sauce (or in another words, strogonoff). Looks all very tempting but again sadly my knife and fork was busy slicing up my hamburger. Wouldn't mind trying this as well!

Apparently the trademark of the restaurant, the indication to which table you ate in and thus your bill. You are looking at around 20SGD for a plate of my uber huge hamburger patty steak.

Pasta and rice dishes are around 15 SGD.

Just when we declared surrender, the lady tempted us with Custard and this was really thick custard. Unlike our local and almost bean curd texture where you can slurp it down and melt, this is solid and requires smaller bites before you choke. For i think 3-4 SGD, it is a small but fulfilling portion.

Definitely a tourist attraction, i must say. Hard to find a place like this in Malaysia because despite being housed in a shopping complex, it gives out its own "feel", abit like Moussandra which gives its own restaurant a very dark and mysterious feel compared to the dying KL plaza feel.

Address and contact details:
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#03-96 The Central @ Clarke Quay

Tel: 6327 8122

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars, just avoid big crowds (anything more than 4, is tight) because of the small tables. Despite a busy night, they didn't exactly chase us out after we were done and loved the jazzy chinese music cd that they had on.


mimid3vils said...

I thought the custard was Chinese tea because of the cup :P

Bangsar-bAbE said...

"Uber huge hamburger patty steak"...definitely my kind of dish! =D

J2Kfm said...

wait! the Moussandra is STILL opened?! i went searching for the restaurant some months ago, and KL plaza was like ... a dead complex.

was expecting zombies on escalators at times.

Henry Yeo said...

wonder how will it compare to the bangsar gourmet burger in ll's blog. good find in a tourist trap.

teckiee said...

OMG! I miss Ma Maison! And yay!..they dont chase people out. I ate at the Bugis branch.. had to return the next day cos I couldn't get seats on the first night I was there.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

teckiee: yeah damn lil seats..we went in around 6 to ask for a table at 8pls..thankfully got it..

henry: its different..tried that place too, it is like u said..a gourmet burger..this 1 is without the bun and drenched with sauce; more tender too!

j2kfm: a few mths ago it was..KL plaza is pretty much dead as it can get..

bbabe: esp after all ur burger posts!

mimi: its yellow!

Nic (KHKL) said...

cool! you've made it to one of my favourite j-fusion restaurants in singapore! joe, you must try the doteni burger next time. the sauce is really tasty! ;D

yeah, i hafta agree that "the central" is a tourist attraction but it is definitely not a tourist trap. locals eat here all the time, simply because the food is good. and most of the restaurants here are branches of chains from japan. good stuff!

J2Kfm said...

it;s on which floor eh? hehe.. sorrylah, dunno where else to search for the location n details.

Xiu Long Bao said...

The Central is definitely one of my fave makan places. With loads of really good jap food and my all-time-fave-send-me-off-to-heaven hokkaido ice cream that i must have everytime i visit there.

If it is a trap, i rather be trapped...haha!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xlb: hahaha yeah a rather willing "victim" i see..

j2kfm: i think its 3rd floor, judging from the address i copied.. n its hiding in 1 corner as well..

nic: wasnt the 1 with the egg the doteni burger?? u means theres another 1??

worldwindows said...

The burger looks very good. With basil? sprouting and topped with chopped radish? I can imagine the taste.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

worldwindows: that unfortunately was my friend's..but i definitely got no objection to your observation!

yiiming said...

OMG, how did they fry up that omelette?? looks runny and delish........haf to learn

traveleo said...

pasta with salted cod roe seems to be an interesting combination...

i'll try it out when i get back (soon i hope) :)

cheers from copenhagen!

CUMI & CIKI said...

like i said.. u sure ate a lot for a short stay! haha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: hahaha i think so...

traveleo: omg, when will u stop travelling??

yiiming: hahaha come lets go singapore again and see the dish in real life again..