My buddy Asian Persuasion recommended Menyatai to me. She hasn’t been in a year but she told me the ramen is good. My husband L and I decided to check it out Friday evening. He ordered the Miso Ramen ($11.99), I ordered the Spicy Tonkatsu ($12.99) and we shared a seaweed salad ($4.50).
L meant to order the seaweed salad but he mistakenly ordered the wakame sunomomo salad. The whole time we were eating this I was thinking what the heck – this is the weirdest version of seaweed salad ever. Two minutes after we ordered the wakame sunomomo, we received our ramen. I wish the servers and cooks would time the appetizers and mains a bit better.
I preferred L’s ramen over my order. The miso broth was delicious, flavourful with a rich savoury flavour. All the ramen is served with one piece of pork and half an egg. The thin piece of pork was the best part of the meal. It wasn’t too fatty and it was grilled to perfection. The miso ramen came with corn, dried seaweed, green onions and sprouts.
The spiciness of my tonkatsu broth made me sputter and cough, sneeze and wheeze, which is always embarrassing. My half egg was overcooked. I noticed both our bowls are heavy with the noodles and light on the protein, like the egg and pork. The noodles are homemade but not made in-house.
I enjoyed the ramen here and would return to order the miso ramen. Currently, my two favourite places for ramen are Redheads Japa Cafe and Ichi Rock. Redheads serves only ten bowls a night, in the evenings from Tuesday to Friday, and it cost $10 a bowl. Ichi Rock’s ramen is more expensive but they put a lot of goodies into their bowls, which makes it so worth it. I still need to try Ramen Ichimen , Gagana Ramen and Shiki Menya.