Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Men-Tei, Robinson Centre
These guys (61 Robinson Road #01-01, 6438-4140) opened recently, not too far from Pret A Manger and next door to The Sandwich Shop. Clearly they were catering to the busy office worker crowd...which was obvious not only with the location, but also by the sheer fact that they are only open M-F 11-3. Given my previously disappointing experiences with places like Honjin down the street though, I wasn't quite sure what to expect here. Nonetheless, I came by to check it out.
The menu was encouragingly simple at least. They only had four different kinds of ramen (all at the same fixed price of S$11, or US$6.90), with nothing else to offer but maybe some additional toppings (no butter, unfortunately) and maybe a can of coke or tea...that's all. Fortunately for me, tonkotsu ramen was one of the four selections available, so my choice was obvious. The bowl arrived with a nice little layer of oil floating on top of the broth too, so this was starting to look good.
And yes, the broth turned out to be appropriately rich, so much that I wolfed this down in seconds. The noodles were a bit on the soft side (nor was there any mentaiko on this guy), but that didn't matter as much to me as my priority is on the broth. Good enough for me...I'll be coming back. It is a very small place though; they could barely handle the lunchtime crowd today, and it was in the middle of a week when most people would be on vacation (and it was raining today too!), so I'll be sure to try to come in the off-peak hours instead.
Digested at 12:43 PM
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