Forum The Shopping Mall is a hidden gem in Orchard Road, and if you ever venture into the area, you will find lots of restaurants that serve up good food with very reasonable prices, and Uma Uma Ramen is one of them. Originating from Japan, there is only one outlet in Singapore.

Name of restaurant: Uma Uma Ramen
Type of cuisine: Japanese
Ambience of restaurant: Tucked in a corner of the shopping mall, the small and cosy restaurant is well lit, with paintings framing the walls and a kitchen with windows, which allows you to look at the chefs prepare your food. To add in the feel of dining at a Japanese restaurant, wooden furnishings are used, with Japanese artworks and paintings displayed all over the restaurant.

Must tries:

Most people would usually go to a ramen restaurant to have just ramen, but Uma Uma Ramen’s char siu don ($5) is a must-try when you eat at the restaurant. With fragrant Japanese Rice topped with perfectly charred char siu, one cannot stop at just having one bowl. The char siu is also tender and sweet, and if you feel like you can’t have enough of the meat, you can order for extra servings at $6 for four pieces.

Great ramen comes to you in the form of Uma Uma Ramen’s Bushi Tonkotsu Ramen ($16). Cooked in a flavourful pork broth, bowl of noodles is topped with char siu, bamboo shoots, Japanese soft boiled egg and made sweeter with the addition of bonito flakes. Those with a sweet tooth, this ramen is the one you’d want to try if you dine at the restaurant.

Verdict:

Food review rating: 4 out of 5
Uma Uma Ramen brands itself as serving original Hakata ramen, and there’s no way we cannot agree to it. If you’d like to try authentic Japanese ramen, this restaurant is the one you want to go to.

Uma Uma Ramen is located at Forum The Shopping Mall, #01-41/42/43, 583 Orchard Road. For more information about Uma Uma Ramen, visit its website at http://umaumaramen.com/.