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Emily S
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For someone who is very into noodles with soup, I'm also strangely liking this Mazesoba concept very much. Here I am trying the original one ($12.80++) at Kajiken - this one has bamboo shoots & a slice of pork included in it.

The flavour is very different from the other Original one that I first tried at Menya Kokoro, which apparently (according to this menu) is Taiwan Mazesoba Nagoya Style. This has more of a porky ramen flavour. I can't decide which type I like, both are delicious in their own way.

One bonus here is that additional noodles (i.e. "upsize") is free! So of course I said yes to that. The downside is that it's cash terms only, so make sure you have enough dough on ya.

Will return here; I'm pretty sure this isn't the last of my Mazesoba adventures!

πŸ’· Accepts cash only
🌬 Air-conditioned seats available
β˜€ Al fresco seats available
πŸ“Ά No free WiFi

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Finally trying this after having it on my wishlist for so long! I ordered the Original Maze-soba ($10.80 regular / $12.80 large) because I wanted to try the real deal, & I also read reviews that nothing beats the original.

I was not disappointed! Firstly, this is very carb heavy - which I loved because I was absolutely starving. Secondly, this dish is big on umami flavours which would be a little too rich to handle on its own - but it also comes with a bowl of soup & you're served complimentary iced water, both of which cut through the richness very nicely before you tuck in again & again. I also ordered a side of bamboo shoots ($2.00) which was crunchy & refreshing, & made this dish more balanced.

I liked how all the staff here were so warm, friendly & helpful to not only me but everyone around me. I was welcomed warmly to my seat, & asked if it was my first time here. Since it was, the waitress explained to me how to order.

When my food was served, I was asked again - & the instructions on how to eat this meal was explained to me again. The last step of this meal: In asking for a spoonful of rice to mix in to the remnants of your sauce/ingredients (btw you can ask for >1 portion.... Lol), the waiter mused out loud to me that he's impressed I could finish the Large portion. Because most ladies can't even finish the regular one πŸ˜‚. & he was very smiley while he rang up my bill, asking me for feedback & chatting with me a little.

Impressed with the overall experience here & keen to be back!

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
🚫 No Free WiFi
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable

"Can you cook the egg a bit more?"
"No, cannot"
"But last time can?"
"Ya, now cannot"
"But I will get a stomachache if I eat semi-cooked egg"
"No"
"No what no, I'm telling you yes. Yes, I'll get a stomachache"
"We cannot cook the egg more, but we can remove the egg if you want"
"Ok"

Consider this a public service announcement. I'm not the one who wants a non runny egg; in fact, I love runny eggs! But for those who don't, this is worth taking note of.

In picture: Pork Shoulder Don ($10.80 nett) which was delicious. Add some of the complementary sauces for bigger flavours!

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable
πŸ™‹ No Service Charge
🚫 No GST

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Hidden gem in the basement of One Raffles Place! You line up at the cashier to place your order, & then after paying up, they'll allocate you a table number helps prevent the unpleasantries that might stem from the all too familiar chope wars that happen during weekday lunch peak hour.

The Pork Belly bowl is priced at a very attractive $10 nett, but since I'm the kind of loser that peels fat away from belly meat before I eat them, I decided to go for the Iberico Pork Jowl Bowl which costs slightly more (but isn't exorbitant) at $13.80 nett.

The meat had great texture & the sweet sauce that comes with it was so flavourful yet not overpowering. If you wanted more sauce, each table has a few different sauces & condiments on the side that you can help yourself to. The egg was also perfectly runny - which delights me. The pickles were nothing special, but the rest of the dish was great & I'd order this again. I only wish there were the option of adding extra meat to this - they only let you do this for the pork belly.

Added $1 to get a cup of lemongrass drink which tasted odd & filled with regret. That, I wouldn't recommend.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ’¦ Water is not chargeable
πŸ™‹ No Service Charge
🚫 No GST

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Om nom nom. There is a short queue on a weeknight at 7PM, but nothing that can't be handled. Got seated within 15 mins & food was delivered fairly quickly.

Pretty happy with my Tonkotsu Ramen - ordered that with the full works, i.e. "special (all toppings)". That means seaweed, flavoured egg, black fungus, & extra chasyu. On hindsight, there was too much chasyu so I think I should've just ordered the seaweed & egg separately.

As usual with the #RamenKeisuke brand, love the beansprouts & free flow hard boiled egg. The ramen itself was delicious (I like my noodles hard πŸ˜›) & it is a nice cosy space to catch up - but there are very few seats, so definitely not group-friendly.

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Was looking forward to a delicious eggy don but unfortunately the Chicken Katsu Don ($10.90++) left me a bit disappointed. The rice was thankfully not soggy, but unfortunately the same can't be said for the meat. & the whole dish was pretty dang soggy. I think I'll stick to the tempura don the next time.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
🍡 Green tea $1.20++

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Behind the curtains in a corner inside Hua Bee Coffeeshop (the sign says Hua Bee Restaurant, though, haha) is a dimly lit Japanese eatery called Bincho. The ambience is great, decor is pretty cool too.

Food is 6-10 times a bowl of Mee Pok, but whatever floats your boat, man. Lunch time sets come with an appetiser, karaage, main course, soup & pickles. We had an extra order of chicken wings - asked the waitress if the portions are big & she said it's enough to share (we had 5 people); I disagree.

You can order food from Bincho to eat where the Hua Bee tables are.. Although I don't know why you'd do that because it's is hot & sweaty outside. I did that, though, because we had a mix of HuaBee-ers & Bincho-ers in our group.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats available
β˜€ Al fresco seats available (Hua Bee)
πŸ’» Accepts reservations - I used Chope

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Ordered the Champion Floss Maki ($16.90+ for 8 pieces, $9.90+ for 4) even though I am not a floss person, as I read that it's pretty special.

It's yummy! The salmon & avocado are in perfect harmony, topped off with bountiful fish roe. No idea what goes into that "special sauce", but with all that creamy flavour it can't be healthy lol. Wish it were a little less sour, though. & the wasabi (on the side) has no kick at all, ugh.

Would return again, although this may be biased because liking them on Instagram or Facebook gets you a $5 voucher (min $30 spend) for a return visit. Prices aren't exactly the most affordable for a pricey casual dining establishment.

Interesting to note that the $5 voucher I was given expires in 3 days.. So I returned to tell the cashier to hand it to someone who's actually dining in-house right now so they can use it immediately. He looked surprised at the mistake & swapped it out for one that expires in a month's time. Honest mistake, or...? 🀷

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ™‹ 10% service charge; no GST
πŸ“Ά WiFi available (Hillion Mall)

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Ordered 2 beef skewers: AAAA Wagyu Ribeye ($9.90) & AAAA Wagyu Striploin ($8.90), obviously only one in the picture though haha.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed the Striploin more as it had just the right amount of bounce in chewing it, yet it wasn't too rubbery. I found the Ribeye to be too tough for my liking - not in an overcooked way, but on the contrary, I would've liked it cooked a bit more. Found out that it is grilled medium-rare by default - if you want it cooked to another doneness, you can let the waiter/chefs know. πŸ‘

I guess I've figured it out my rule - steak on a plate with a proper knife, or a burger patty, medium rare baby. Anything else without the proper utensils, I think I can do with a medium.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“ž Accepts reservations - SMS them
πŸ“Ά WiFi available (Capitaland)
πŸ™‹ No GST or service charge (but please remember to tip if you find the service good)

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Started off with the Omakase Set Skewers ($14.90) which consists of 6 Chicken Things: Negima (thigh & leek), Momo (thigh), Tebasaki (mid-joints), Hatsu (hearts), Reba (liver), Tsukune (meatball served with onsen egg). This provides a great variety on the condition you are adventurous. If you don't fancy chicken heart or liver, just take your pick from the affordable menu at $1.90/$2.90 per skewer. I enjoyed this very much.

The Bacon-Wrap Asparagus ($2.90) was surprisingly not as fatty as I thought it'd be. The asparagus was still hella juicy inside the slightly crispy bacon.

Last but certainly not least - I must say something about the rice. I've had enough of shitty mushy bowls of rice, so this bowl of rice ($1.90) still being fluffy & even when cold (I am the slowest eater in the world) was very much appreciated.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬 Air-conditioned seats only
πŸ“ž Accepts reservations - SMS them
πŸ“Ά WiFi available (Capitaland)
πŸ™‹ No GST or service charge (but please remember to tip if you find the service good)

This isn't my bowl, I didn't even taste it - but my dining partner opted for the spiciest level & this didn't look nor taste spicy to her. Maybe they messed up? No idea.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
πŸ•’ Long queue during weekday lunch

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Akamaru Shinaji θ΅€δΈΈζ–°ε‘³ is Ippudo's original tonkotsu broth with miso paste & garlic oil. The garlic taste is pretty subtle so don't worry about dragon breath 🐲.

Served with 2 slices of pork, kikurage (aka black fungus), spring onions, bean sprouts, & a whole egg. I am not the most discerning with ramen, & I also technically didn't come here by choice... But I felt it had all the elements of a good bowl of comforting ramen. Firm noodles, flavourful soup, flowy egg, & ingredients in balanced quantities.

At Ippudo, fhere are 5 levels of hardness for the noodles: Very Soft, Soft, Medium, Hard, Very Hard. I always opt for my noodles to be Hard, & today I found out that this is what Ippudo actually recommends. #coolstorybro.

πŸ’³ Accepts credit cards
🌬️ Air conditioned seats only
πŸ•’ Long queue during weekday lunch

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