Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ramen Marutama @ The Central, Clarke Quay

With a few hours to spend during the evening, before the sky goes dark and the party starts; it was decided that Clarke Quay should be the next stop. The area to eat, pub and club till you drop and i suppose a haven for someone like me.

Step inside "The Central", i expected lots of shopping action but instead it was filled with restaurant after restaurant! From the front to the hidden corners and at every floor! Dedicated to Japanese cuisine as you can satisfy your craving for ramen, fast food, dessert and fusion cuisine too!

After touring the place, the temptation was too great with the sight of a japanese making ramen in his open kitchen. Dinner was almost 3 hours away, so it was an easy decision to step in before a rather long crowd appeared outside the small humble dining area.

A menu that didn't look out of place except that it was Singaporean dollars instead of Yen. Serving 3 kinds of ramen and a few ala carte dishes, this was a specialised place, after all do what you do best!

Yaki Char Siew; the only thing that resembled Char Siew was the cut of meat being used. Cookingwise, it was deepfried but succulent. (SGD 6)

The Gyoza was served with soya sauce, vinegar with a bit of chilli oil, a recipe to whet up any appetite. Sourish and not spicy, the dumpling was had a generous stuffing. (SGD 5)

Just before the Ramen came, the Kakuni aka Pork Belly. Distinct layers of fat and meat, braised and as a result full of flavour in each bite. Literally sent us to heaven if not for the fact that we shared the plate.

Aka Ramen (SGD 15)

The noodles had a similar texture to our local wanton mee which came with a nice bite. With a squeeze of lemon, the acidity magnified the sourish soup base. The home made chicken balls were a first and was surprisingly tasty. Overall, especially with the rainy weather that day, this was the perfect tummy warming dish, one could find.

Address and contact details

#03-90/91 The Central
Clarke Quay
Tel: 65348090
Fax: 65348077

Verdict: I am finding myself lost for words, as i find myself rating this another 4 stars out of 5 stars. Is good food really abundance in Singapore? Simple ramen with tasty side dishes, this is a perfect place for a bite before going down the streets of pub and night life. Don't convert the prices to RM, and you should be able to sleep peacefully after the meal.


ggmu said...

GyozA!!! Be it Rm or SG i will not fill sinful to eat loads of Gyoza!!

J2Kfm said...

fantastic pork shots.
now i'm REALLY hungry .... :)

ms. lili@ said...

you went to singapore just to do food review ke?

anyway can't comment much about this entry.. hehe. all i remember about clarke quay is yes, a lot of happening eating places and pubs and such, plus that scary bungee jumping ride or something.. :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

OMG...the pork belly must have been divine! Such glorious fatty layers... *drools*

teckiee said...

yaki char siew sounds wrong. ...yaki yucky.. but the pork stuff looks freaking good. the pork belly...gosh i see the layers of heaven!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

teckiee: haha sounds wrong..but still good nevertheless!..yes..layers of heaven..shining through the glistening fat!

bbabe: yes it was divine indeed..

lilia: no la..went for a course..but of course food comes close to primary..

j2kfm: thanks!

ggmu: hahaha a big fan of gyoza i see..

550ml jar of faith said...

Kakuni and hearty ramen on a rainy day... heaven, albeit a simpler version, has found a place on earth!

mimid3vils said...

The miserable 6pcs or char siu cost $6? Not worth even in RM lah =.=''

kampungboycitygal said...

looks like a no frills ramen place!

Nic (KHKL) said...

cool! so u hv been to central d! it's a really cool place for j-food, me thinks. if u like marutama, u shd try santouka ramen next! ;)

the kakuni at marutama's good, i must say! ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: yeap yeap..nxt time i will try to make it for a trip that spans a weekday and u can show me around..haha

kpbcg: yeah pretty much..after u finish, they pretty much shoo u away in a nice way of course

mimi: oh well.experience..and its good quality pork after all

550ml: thank god. but too far away from KL

CUMI & CIKI said...

nice photography my friend.. so.. how many KG's u put on ah?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: not alot la haha

fbb said...

haha, u know, at melaka, i was trying to play "spot the singaporean" game...there's a distinct look about them, and now, i'm finding, a distinct look about the food too. the last pic of the ramen, even as i quickly scrolled down before reading the text, i knew instinctively its singaporean...know what i mean?