Marutama Ramen @ Central @ Clarke Quay

Met a friend in Central @ Clarke Quay (tsk, why have the same name for 2 malls? so cun-fusing to abrieviate it.) for dinner. Was craving for some ramen, and it was down to 2 choices: Ramen Santouka and Marutama Ramen. Couldn't find Santouka (in a corner which i thought didn't existed), so went for Marutama, despite the poor reviews at the point of searching HGW. (oh mine's gonna add to the poor-ness)

(again, apologies for no pictures. casual dinner, so didn't think much of it.)

It was (surprisingly) crowded, perhaps people were drawn to how authentic the place looked. Dark oak furniture, a typical ramen counter, staff babbling in Japanese, I'd be drawn too.

We were seated promptly, but the service was nothing to rave about. It was rather coarse service actually.

The menu is very basic. Just a few types of soup stock and toppings, and a few side dishes. But things seem to be overpriced...

... Cos the noodles tasted machine-made. In fact, the flour taste was a little distinct. I had Tan-men (Ramen with non-spicy stock and vegetable topping) with additional cha shu. The cha shu was no doubt delicious and it really melts in your mouth, but it's really fatty too. The fat constitutes about half of each slice of cha shu. It made my soup oily too. =( The soup tasted a little too salty for me, and it's rather heavy on the palate, perhaps due to the fats from the cha shu. The portion was just enough.

It was on the steep side, considering what they are offering ($14 for Tan-men).

6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#03-90/91 The Central @ Clarke Quay

Tel: +65 6534 8090

Opening hours
11.30am – 10pm


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