Friday, August 17, 2012

Menya Musashi @ P. Ramlee

And then there were two: After triumphing in 1 Utama, Menya Musashi launched another branch this week, but with a potentially polarizing twist.
Entry on Menya Musashi @ Eat Paradise Isetan 1 Utama: May 9, 2012.

Occupying substantial space on P. Ramlee Road, within a short stroll of KLCC, this outlet hopes to win more customers by steering clear of pork, using chicken instead to build its broths and top its noodles.

The result tastes much better than expected: every sip of the soup delivers deep nourishment, combining with sensuously lubricious noodles for the gastronomic equivalent of soulful elegance.

Menya's three signature big-bowled broths _ white onion oil, black-fried shallots with garlic, and homemade chili _ come with a variable number of super-succulent slices of chicken and seasoned eggs, costing between RM22 and RM32 before taxes.

Remember how the egg yolks at Menya's 1U venue seemed off-kilter? Fear not: the ones here are touched by a rich, savory softness that makes them peerless.

Tsukemen dipping ramen is available too. We rate everything a solid A (including the service, which warrants flying colors for its efficient friendliness).

Side dishes include mince-layered rice and hot gyoza, all executed in exemplary fashion.

Luscious for a late-night snack; last orders are at 10:30 p.m.

Asahi beer is the only booze offered for now, each bottle cutely wrapped.

The snaking queues that besieged Menya's 1U outlet are so far absent here, but that might not last long, so head here soon before the crowds learn of it.








Menya Musashi,
Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.
Somewhere between Modesto's and Ozeki Tokyo, but much closer to the latter.
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56 comments:

  1. Ahhh...u educated guess was rite on d money...haha =)

    Will make a visit soon...sometimes chicken can be more flavourful than pork if done rite...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, i enjoyed the chicken ramen here more than the pork ramen at some other outlets in kl, heh (won't mention names) =)

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  2. I had tsukemen in Menya in SG too, was really nice! This is much closer for me compared to their 1U (which I sadly have not visited yet), so maybe I'll get to visit soon! (love ramen just had it for dinner tonight too)

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh ya, this location on jalan p ramlee is much more convenient for me too! just a five-minute drive from my office, compared to half an hour to reach 1U, heh :D

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  3. Yay, more place for me to go for dinner or lunch!
    We tried their chicken when they open in Isetan KLCC and we actually love that. :D

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    1. CK: ya, you can walk here very easily from your office! and it's worth trying their different broths here now, which they didn't offer at klcc. three varieties (all chicken, but all different)! :D

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    2. Devil and I just had it yesterday. I really prefer the ayam to the pork version, surprisingly. Nais! :D

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    3. Kenny: sounds like it's safe to declare a victory for chicken at menya! a fowl triumph ... now the headache is deciding which one of the three broths available is our personal preference :D

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    4. I suka yang putih. Then the hitam. Devil seems to like the red, no surprise. :P

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    5. Kenny: i think white is my pick too! though i can imagine swinging toward red or black on any other given day :D

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  4. wow the egg is so good..
    I guess that they make lots of money from the 1U outlet huh?
    and the competition at 1U is getting heated....

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    1. Simple Person: ya, the egg feels perfect! :D i guess the rental here in KL might be more expensive than 1U, but i think they will have a lot of business here too =)

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  5. Is this the outlet that got me and Pauline queueing for 45 minutes at Isetan, KLCC earlier this year? If yes, its chicken broth is very good.

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    1. Footfringe: yep, that was a temporary kiosk at isetan. as a bonus for this current outlet, they offer different broths (fried shallots and garlic, and spicy homemade chili) that hadn't been available at klcc :D

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  6. what!!? its near there now? I'm going.

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    1. lol, quite a lot of ppl today, but queue wasnt that long .since the kitchen couldnt cope with the volume, the chief chef had to help out.

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    2. Jeffrey: glad to hear you managed to make it there today! heh, when everyone returns to the city after the aidilfitri break, it'll probably be chaos here during lunchtime =)

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    3. lol, chaos even today. inside the kitchen, his assistant kept shouting orders on the color of the soup lol. like shiro(white), shiro, aka(red), kuro(black), aka .. haha, but very professional. and the feel of the restaurant feels like Japan from the shouting inside the kitchen to the loud greetings from the waitresses and cooks .

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    4. Jeffrey: heh, thanks for that, i was wondering what they were shouting, but we couldn't understand their words. yeah, even when the restaurant had only two or three tables occupied during dinner, it was still quite noisy with all the constant shouting. but in a good way, kinda :D

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  7. I read alot of good reviews about Menya. I can see that they made beautiful runny yolk! Hmm...but the price not cheap oso.

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    1. Melissa: ya, i think for all the top-grade ramen outlets in KL, they charge at least RM20 per bowl. pretty pricey, definitely =)

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  8. "sensuously lubricious noodles for the gastronomic equivalent of soulful elegance" - wow, i love your description, hehe! The sight of that stunning egg is enough to entice anyone there!

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    1. Pureglutton: thanks! =) and yeah, i could happily eat that egg everyday (but it'd be bad for my health!) :D

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  9. NIceee!!! Question: where is the best place to park?

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    1. Smitten By Food: in the evening, after work, you can find lots of parking space in an open-air parking lot next to ozeki tokyo, at the end of jalan p ramlee. during the daytime, it might be more difficult for lunch, but there are a few office buildings across the road that might have visitors' parking =)

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  10. The soups look packed with ingredients!

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    1. The Yum List: supremely hearty fare! :D

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  11. I just walked over for lunch.. :) and we only realized that they are pork free while we were waiting outside the shop! Nevertheless, the soup tasted very nice and lighter than the pork based.

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    1. Amanda: glad to hear you still enjoyed the soup! yeah, it's still totally enjoyable. i guess we have to say congratulations to menya musashi for coming up with such a great recipe for their soups =)

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  12. Yay! Will be saving up my lunch money for this treat which is just a stone's throw from the office!

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    1. Unka: gosh, i envy you guys who can just walk to menya musashi and the other outlets in this neighborhood. but heh, yeah, ramen should be good to help chase away some stress and keep the tummy happy during a workday =)

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    2. its probably crowded today because you posted this entry Sean , lol

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  13. hmmm... i remember their broths vividly :) not to forget the handsome chef!

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    1. Fish: hope you get a chance to try the chicken broths here, and see whether you enjoy them as much as the pork ones! and the chef in black is currently based here, so you might not be seeing him at the 1U branch very often anymore :D

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  14. great job sean, big and small, pork and chicken.. trust u to find them all.. FIRST! LOL :D

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    1. Ciki: I'm wondering whether duck broth ramen might taste equally spectacular! Maybe someday we'll find out, hopefully. I want duck ramen! :D

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    2. Support for duck ramen! =)

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    3. Ulric: cross fingers it'll be available at duck n such someday

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    4. I just had a Braised Duck with Kolo Mee two days ago from the Sarawak Cuisine stall in Food Republic in Pavvy lar...hehe...

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151045673153171&set=a.10150232928043171.328984.671183170&type=3&theater

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    5. Ulric: duck with noodles, i like =)

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  15. the pork look so good...i cant resist them...and runyyyy YOLKKKKK!!!!!

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    1. Cindy: hope you get a chance to try all this at menya musashi soon =)

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    2. I jus tried Santouka Ramen in Pavillion KL...wonder Menya Musashi will taste better..

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    3. Cindy: some folks prefer santouka, others prefer menya. hope you enjoy both of them though :D

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  16. I wont' mind chicken actually..!

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    1. Tng: oh yeah, I guess menya musashi and marutama ramen both proved that chicken broth ramen can be as tasty as pork, heh :D

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  17. I'm drooling at the sight of those eggs. Pork will be so much better!

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    1. Eiling: those eggs were perfect! and yeah, i thought that this would pale in comparison to pork too, but it really really is just as good (maybe even slightly better somehow!) :D

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  18. I eat here a lot. It is a little expensive if you're not used to th e prices but the fact that I'm a regular customer says something about it!
    The eggs are perfect. I'm a big fan of the spicy ramen (AKA) with added NEGI topping.

    Then when you've finished with the ramen, head upstairs to Senya and have green tea ice cream!

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    1. PinkDalmatian: oh yeah, i can imagine getting addicted to the ramen here! and it's really convenient to have both menya and senya at the same location, yeah :D

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  19. They are now serving pork ! :)

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    1. Amanda: good news for pork lovers! :D

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  20. yeah, they have changed to pork and non halal. and their soups also changed, seems like no longer the 3 colored options anymore. I tried the spicy(normal soup with tonbanjan paste) version, still very flavorsome like previously.

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    1. Jeffrey: interesting. maybe i'll check them out again next month. thanks =)

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  21. Hi I've been frequenting the P.Ramlee branch, but it has been closed for several months. Do you know where they have relocated to?

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    1. Rachel: i believe you'll find the nearest Menya Musashi at The Intermark now, on the basement food court floor (non-halal section)

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