Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Men ichi Ramen

Men Ichi
1 Jurong West Central 2
#B1-54 Jurong Point

serves: Ramen

Being a fan of Ramen, I have tried the different soup bases such as shoyu and tomato etc.. but my fave soup base is still the pork based soup (Tonkotsu)
My self initiated food preference easily pointed to the option of Char Siew Ramen- Roast Pork noodles in Tonkotsu Soup.

The soup base is really flavourful. The Char Siew portion came generously and has a good marbling of fats. I have to tell you that I'm never keen on fatty food and would remove the fats from meats. However, this is an exception and makes it a worthy guilt journey.

I am always elated to see eggs like the above, where it is considered as hard boiled egg but still with a semi runny yolk.
Having my desired egg as a topping for my Ramen brings excitement to me. And i swear i was going "Wooaa!" at the sight of my Ramen being brought to my eye view. Followed by a prolonged "uummmmMmmmmm..." upon tasting it.

Egg Omelette
- i love this dish, i practically finished this whole dish by myself
They throw in some finely sliced spring onions in the omelette mixture. This brings a fragrance and refreshing taste to the dish.
The other reason why I applaud it is because it was skillfully cooked to perfection with the skin looking brown and crispy but yet the texture is slightly runny. The way I like it.

The Ramen surprising surpasses my expectations. So much so that I will be willing to make a 1 hour trip from my home all the way over to Jurong Point for this Ramen.

point to note: Menichi is a sister establishment from Ichiban Sushi.
They DO serve part of Iciban sushi's menu over at Menichi since they are located side by side. To be fair to Menichi, I will say that their Char Siew Ramen and Egg Omelette is indeed very good. However, if the other reviewers have reviewed on Menichi based on the Ichiban Sushi food menu, Menichi's review might be affected and dragged down.
I am also leaving an open comment on their other Ramens since I only tried 1 of it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Caramel Cafe-> Tom's Palette

Caramel Cafe
100 Beach Road
#01-50/52 Shaw Towers
note: Close on Sundays.

Banana Chocolate cake with scoop of Vanilla Ice-cream
- Choc & Banana is 1 of the great combination of flavours that the market is introducing and growing big on. The Banana Choc cake over here is done very well.
With the cake being moist and the banana melts in your mouth but not being too heavy or wet on the cake. Vanilla ice-cream gives a temporary wipe from the boastful flavour and creating a desire and lust for that sinful choc

Strawberry Shortcake
- not a fan of it. Gives discredit to strawberry shortcakes.
nothing commendable about this. In fact, it is a waste of bucks for anyone purchasing it.

Dark chocolate with Himalayan Pink Salt
- This gets the thumbs up and Yumz from me. Interesting is the word that rings in my mind. Savoury follows suit on the next thought of it.
Yet another great combination out in the market of combining chocolate with salt.
But they do it well over here, im normally not a fan of Sweet+Salted taste in 1, however this gets the green light from me. It may be the salt they use. Unlike seasalt, this has a subtle tinge of saltiness and is really fine in texture. It rolls the flavour of tinge saltiness and bittersweet chocolate into 1. Nice!

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake
- Carrot cakes are my number 1 love for cakes. I would Not say the 1 here is Ubber Fantastic, but it is good enough to meet my expectations.

What better place to jump into a Whimsical land with the company of Sweets for my tooth?
Great place to hang out for a Lazy afternoon and chat with friends.

not recommended for a huge group though as seats are limited.
But a 4 man gang will fit in snugly.

next stop:
Tom's Palette
100 Beach Road
#01-25 Shaw Leisure Gallery

Their Apple Pie is a Must-try. If you love Cinnamon, this will have you licking the paper cup clean. However, if you run away fro mthe mention of Cinnamon, than you should run away from this too.

Also tried their Rum & Raisin and Horlicks.
The Rum & Raisin is ok, but gets gelad. I stopped at the 6th spoonful of it.
The Horlicks is terrible for me, it has a taste similar to coconut and I am an enemy to Coconut. I stopped at the 3rd spoonful of it.

I will not recommend people to specially go down to Shaw Towers to try out Tom's Palette, but if you happen to pass by, U Can consider trying their Apple Pie or taste test the other flavours which I have yet to try.

Perhaps it could also be Udders, Island Creamery and Ice-Kimo that has pulled my standards up for ice-creams