Yet another entry intended for February that got ‘carried forward’ into March 😛
Another food outlet that I managed to tick off in year 2017 itself – Menya Sakura.
Menya Sakura specialises in Nagoya-style ramen and tsukemen. Speaking of tsukemen – it is basically cold ramen/noodles being dipped into a hot sauce/stock as versus to the soup version (you can read more about the difference here) and this is a style of ramen that I first tried in Japan and loved.).
In Singapore, most of the ramen shops serve the soup version and there are not many that specialise in Japanese style tsukemen. Did try a few here and there, but a good one remained elusive until I read about Menya Sakura where some bloggers have proclaimed it to be one of the best on our Singapore shores.
Location wise, they are located at 69 Boat Quay. It was a pretty long walk down from Raffles Place MRT (UOB Plaza Exit) as No. 69 is located right at the end of Boat Quay itself (towards the direction of Singapore River).
Interior wise, it is pretty simple / functional. There is also the option of al fresco seating right beside the river, but the al fresco area was closed since it was not crowded on Saturday (plus it was also a very hot day). There is also a complimentary salad bar at the side. Took a bit of the stuff there and it is cold and unappetizing at best.
The 2 signature items on their menu will be their Pork Tonkotsu Ramen (Soup) & Tonkotsu Tsukemen (Dry with Dipping Sauce/Stock). As mentioned above, the Tonkotsu Tsukemen for me is a must-try since I have been on the hunt for a good/decent Tsukemen in Singapore 😛
As there was also a concurrent JPassport promotion, I got the set which includes the gyoza. In addition, I also got the complimentary drink (green tea) since it was my 1st visit to Menya Sakura. On hindsight now, it was a good choice to get the set which included the gyozas as the ramen portion itself is quite a bit smaller than what the picture above shows.
In terms of the noodles itself, they use a thicker version which works better when dipped, while the broth has a nice flavour (I believe it is both tonkotsu and seafood based) without it being overly oily. Really decent bowl of Tsukemen. As mentioned above, the only complaint I have is that the portion is rather small (considering that in Japan itself, they even offer noodle refills for some outlets).
Another plus is that they are linked up with JPassport, and have various promotions from time to time. Will go back to check out their tonkotsu ramen next time!
Menya Sakura 69 Boat Quay
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday & Saturday 1130 to 2230 Hrs (Last Order 2200 Hrs) Friday 1130 to 0100 Hrs (Last Order 0030 Hrs) Closed Sundays & PH