Every now and then, I will take a peek of basement 2 Capitol Piazza after work to see if the ‘Ma Maison Ramen Shop’ has opened. To provide some background information, Japanese ramen is one of my favourite food and an introduction of a new ramen eatery in Singapore almost always interest me.
Especially when this is operated by Ma Maison, known for their European-Japanese cuisine, Tonkatsu rice and gorgeous Japanese fruit tarts.
This is Ma Maison’s first official foray to ramen in Singapore. The renovations took a rather long time, and is possibly one of the last few restaurants to finally open in the mall.
Not all their concepts always work though. Remember Aloha Ma Maison at Bugis+? Maybe not.
The signature is the Ma Maison Original Creamy Cheese Ramen, where the handmade cheese is imported from a farm at Tokachi Hokkaido.
In its bowl of Shio, Shoyu or Miso Ramen ($16.80), a scoopful of cheese almost looking like grated parmesan was incorporated on the top of the soup base.
This added that twang of salty-gouda cheese, providing the broth a subtle but more-layered taste. If you are wondering, the original soup base is not exceedingly rich or thick in the first place, thus still manageable in terms of heaviness.
To be honest, I am quite indifferent towards the cheese ramen. I would use words like ‘interesting’ to describe the taste, but it doesn’t entice me enough to want to have it again.
On the other hand, both my friends were fond of the creation, though they admittedly love cheese.
The other signature combines Ma Maison’s existing Tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) with Tonkotsu Ramen (note one’s ‘o’, the other ‘a’). I had the miso base but disappointed to find the milky broth one-dimensional and flat, without the rich complex flavours I would have preferred.
Ma Maison’s crispy deep fried Tonkatsu was the highlight in the whole set – lightly salted, moderately tender and fatty on the sides. Seems like still a win for the Tonkatsu compared to the Tonkotsu.
Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison
13 Stamford Road #B2-51 Capitol Piazza Singapore 178905 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 6211