Monday, April 28, 2014

Bari-Uma Ramen @ Jaya Shopping Centre

Jaya Shopping Centre opened/reopened this week, positioning itself as 'The Heart & Soul of PJ' in a canny, nostalgia-coloured campaign to lure visitors. But with more than half this mall's tenants still racing through renovations, there's scant shopping or eating to be conducted here for the next few days.

 Many of the F&B brands here are familiar mall-based ones, from Chili's Grill to Kenny Rogers Roasters, Serai to Soup Restaurant, Heritage Village to Ah Cheng Laksa. The cherished exception & chief attraction: Bari-Uma, a ramen restaurant with a handful of branches in Japan (plus one or two in Singapore).

Bari-Uma's signature ramen, elegantly striking, with relatively light, pork-flavoured shoyu broth flanked by crisp seaweed sheets, crowned with reasonably thick slices of tender flame-cooked cha shu. RM27 before taxes, sufficient for a not-very-heavy lunch.

Customers can select a preference for the firmness of their noodles (our 'regular' boasted a pleasant bite), but otherwise, variety is not Bari-Uma's forte. A spicy soup is available, as are add-ons such as a seasoned egg & corn (RM2 each), but that's about all there is to say about the ramen here.

Two Japanese chefs currently oversee the kitchen, keeping a close eye on how the gyoza turns out; ironically, there's a wider-than-usual assortment of chicken-stuffed dumplings here, from the negi-mayo version with a mildly spicy sauce (RM12 for five) ... 

 ... to pan-fried ones with teriyaki sauce & sesame seeds ...

... & boiled ones that probably won't linger very long in the memory. Kushiyaki will be offered by next week _ skewers of pork belly or chicken breast & thigh with leeks.

Customers will probably be satisfied with how this aburi salmon salad tastes. But it's the one dish here that could benefit from a more appealing presentation. RM19.90.

Ishiyaki chaofan forms the final component of the menu _ rice in hot stone bowls with plenty of pork & accompaniments like salmon or shrimp (RM15.90).

Dessert revolves around ice cream. And with that, it's a wrap for Bari-Uma's menu. All in all, since fans of porky ramen in Petaling Jaya have comparatively few options, this is a welcome entry to Section 14.

Basic sake should be offered by next week; for now, there's beer (RM20 per can).

 Bari-Uma's service team works hard to live by this creed; not a simple task & sometimes a thankless one, so we salute them.

Bari-Uma Ramen Malaysia
L3-11, Level Three, Jaya Shopping Centre, Jalan Semangat, Section 14, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7932-2958

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27 comments:

  1. What nice decor, Sean, and the ice cream....mmmm. :)

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    1. Linda: true, the windows let in a lot of light here, and the view is not too bad :) ice cream is my idea of a perfect finish to a meal :)

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  2. I am certainly gonna give their signature 'crown' chashu ramen a try...did the flame-grilled chashu impart any extra flavours? =)

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    1. Ulric: ya, i like the unique presentation for the ramen, and the nori sheets were tasty :) hmmm, the cha shu had an interesting char, and maybe it tasted a bit smokier than usual. i'd probably rate the meat a very decent B+ :)

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  3. Wow, i like their presentation, i am looking forward to the opening of ippudo ramen here in Penang :D

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    1. Ken: yeah, the ramen presentation is very nice here :) and i hope you'll enjoy the continuing invasion of more ramen outlets, heheh :)

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  4. Dear Sean, My name is Elvin, the management of Bariuma Malaysia. We extend our thanks to your patron today at your restaurant. It was our first day and first run of the whole kitchen. We would love to have you back at our restaurant with the full menu!

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    1. Bariuma: thanks for your comment, elvin. i think you guys did a good job for the first day. we enjoyed the ramen. i'll definitely try to drop by in future for the kushiyaki. all the best to you :)

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  5. I'd probably settle for the salmon salad despite the presentation - and yes, as you said they sure need to work on that. Eyewww!!! All that mayo on their gyozas...

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    1. Suituapui: the salmon in the salad was pretty good in its own way. pretty tender and fresh :)

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  6. In the long-ago days, we called the mall Jaya supermarket even though it was more than a supermarket. Nostalgia. None of these restaurants, ramen included, were around then, of course!

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    1. Footfringe: there'll be a TGV Cinema here too, which i like! and i also like how there are several levels of basement parking here ... will hopefully help ease the parking woes on this side of the road near digital mall :)

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  7. I do enjoy a good gyoza and what a nice presentation of the ramen with the seaweed sheets.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, gyoza can be addictive ... and i enjoyed snapping a few shots of that ramen :D

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  8. The Aburi salmon salad looks good, but yeah, they could definitely improve on the presentation so that it won't turn off appetites at the messy sight. Looks like a good place to explore, and I like their spirit! Really admirable :-)

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    1. Christy: yeah, there's definitely enthusiasm and eagerness here ... i hope they do well :)

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    1. Cquek: yay for yumminess :D

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  10. oh new ramen! i love how they decorate the bowl with seaweed, i really love seaweed in ramen soup toooo!

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    1. Jean: that's true, the seaweed adds a really nice dimension to the ramen :D

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  11. We tried Bari-Uma ramen in Singapore before, and quite enjoyed that. :)

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    1. CK: ooo, hope you would also enjoy the malaysian branch! :D

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  12. We will energetically ... Lol!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, it'll be tricky to maintain that energy by the end of the day! :)

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  13. Good gyoza but horrible customer service. They did not have a card machine set up so we had to go to the ATM. When we turned around, we found their staff behind us... whom they sent to follow us. Total distrust to their customers. Also, half of my chasu was fat. Out of 10, I'll give them a 3 for set up and gyoza. Nothing more.

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    1. Dear Jac Martin, I am the director of Bariuma. I personally would like to apologize for the inconveniences and what happened. Credit card machine is currently unavailable due to the new operations. I apologize for the inconveniences caused. I will personally have a word with the staff about this, rest assured. As they are new and afraid of responsibility , they might have overreacted. Dear Jac, I would like to invite you to our restaurant to personally apologize and offer you a complimentary meal. Sorry for the inconveniences caused! Your comment and input are valuable to us. Appreciate that!

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  14. too salty, and very overpriced!

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