Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar – Ramen, Yakitori and Kushikatsu at Millenia Walk
There was a period of time when Japanese ramen eateries were sprouting in Singapore, though has remained more or less stagnant. I am surprised Uma Uma didn’t open more outlets.
They finally did, at the Japanese food street of Millenia Walk. Interesting, it can also be accessed by one end of Marina Square, whichever way is nearer for the diner.
A brief background of Uma Uma Ramen: A ramen chain from Fukuoka Japan, established n 1953, its name a play on “umami”, and Singapore’s Forum Galleria outlet is its first venture overseas.
The local outlet is done in collaboration with Iki Concepts, the big name behind it is restauranteur Ignatius Chan of Iggy’s fame.
This Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar at Millenia Walk feature several concepts – Hakata-styled Ramen from Uma Uma Ramen, bincho-grilled Yakitori and Kushikatsu (deep-fried breaded skewers) prepared by Head Chef Shota Kaneko, with cocktails and drinks by Horse’s Mouth.
Exclusive to this branch, Uma Uma also features a special menu of over 12 types of Yakitori and Kushikatsu prepared a la minute, paired with specially created homemade sauces.
Not many places in Singapore offer Kushikatsu (I can also go back to Han again), and Uma Uma offers a limited selection of Pork Loin ($4), Prawn ($2) and Scallops ($5). Minimum order 2 sticks.
The prawn I had was almost done perfect – thick saku saku crispy without being overly greasy, the skewered prawn crunchy and fresh-juicy.
Ramen wise, the ‘old favourites’ are the Bushi Tonkotsu ($16) and Mazesoba ($14) – a dry style ramen topped with onsen egg.
The former has components bonito flakes, red ginger and lime which would add elements of zest and mild fishiness (from the bonito) that some might find refreshing. But it is an acquired taste.
I have to emphasize that ramen is very much personal in terms of preference, and would rank the Spicy Chasiu Ramen ($16) somewhere in the middle.
It boasted a rich, layered broth, though I wished it contained more robustness and oomph, though I can imagine some liking this. The flavours contained in the soup base is quite like non-other found in Singapore.
Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar
9 Raffles Boulevard #02-06, Millenia Walk Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 12am (Mon – Sat), 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Sun)
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