I don’t think I’ve ever set foot in Forum the Shopping Mall before. And I wonder why. It’s like an oasis of calm amidst the madness that is Orchard Road. Why we have to spend $1.3mil to rejuvenate Orchard, I have no idea. Just have better decor for all the major celebrations, and bring in newer brands (I’m already sick of malls having all the same brands such as H&M, Uniqlo, etc). As it is, Orchard Road is very busy, prompting my friend to ask yesterday, as we were on our way to Shaw for a preview screening of ‘Book Club’, why there are so many people who don’t have to work. 😀 I’m sure lots of them are tourists anyway. Also, I didn’t realise there’s a ‘Jamie’s Italian’ restaurant at Forum! It’s on the same level as Uma Uma Ramen too.
Here’s what I found on the web: “Uma Uma is proud to be 100% MSG-free! Established in 1953 in Fukuoka, Japan, Uma Uma serves delicious ramen, made according to a family recipe, with a robust and aromatic tonkotsu stock.”
Also, there was 50% discount when we dined at Uma Uma Ramen with our Eatigo reservation. In the picture you see above, the Uma Uma Ramen cost just $8++ with the discount. And right below is the Bushi Tonkotsu, which was $8.50++.
I like that they don’t use MSG in their ramen. In terms of quality, though, I have to say that it pales in comparison with what I’ve eaten in Japan. Not sure if the chef here is Japanese. The char siew is rather tough, the egg looks sad, and the noodle portion’s a little small. And I’m also embarrassed to be complaining when we’ve enjoyed 50% discount. 😛
Anyhow, I ordered the Mentaiko Tamago ($3.50++) as I knew it would be good just from looking at the description of the dish. It’s served with Japanese mayo, the not-so-secret ingredient that makes everything yummy. <- I have two squeeze bottles of the mayo at home.
Hot green tea costs just 50cents a cup. They even served us an entire flask of tea, which was great since we could help ourselves to a refill. 😀
Service was excellent. The young lady even asked us if we’d enjoyed the meal when we were making payment. Of course I said we did. What else could I have told her? (@_@) Gosh… I miss the ramen in Japan.
Uma Uma Ramen is located at #01-41/42/43 of Forum The Shopping Mall. Yes, there’s GST and service charge, but with 50% off via Eatigo, I think it’s still worth a visit.