“Slurping Spaghetti with Chopsticks”
Ever heard of eating Spaghetti with Chopsticks?!? To me, spaghetti is eaten with a fork and a spoon and is twirled into a bundle on the fork (the Singaporean Style) before popping into the mouth. Eating it with Chopsticks is definitely something new. When I think of Spaghetti, the country that comes to mind is Italy, not Japan. When I think of Japan, the noodle that comes to mind is Ramen and not Spaghetti. Confused?? Hahaha… Do not be…
Yomenya Goemon Japanese Spaghetti House originated from Shibuya and is the original Japanese Pasta shop since 1976. It is now the 2nd largest food and beverage player with over 2,500 stores in Japan. The Spaghetti, Olive oil and Cheese are still imported from Italy and what makes it Japanese is the way it is cooked, that is, ‘Cook-on-Order’.
The so real and delicious looking plates of spaghetti displayed the Japanese way.
This was what lured me into the restaurant. Cannot decide which spaghetti to order? Have the half and half set where you get to try 2 different types of spaghetti. I simple love this idea!
To make things easier, they even have the regular set where it come with a soup, salad, soft drink and your choice of spaghetti from the menu. There are plenty of cooking styles to choose from. You can opt for the Japanese Taste or the Western Style. For Japanese Taste, they have Vongole with Fresh Clams, With Extra Virgin Oil & Garlic, Mentaiko Spicy Cod Roe, Tarako Cod Roe or Napolitean Sauce & Sesame Sauce. For Western Style, you can chosse from Soy Sauce & Butter Taste, Soup Spaghetti, Cream Sauce, Meat Sauce or Tomato Sauce. Definitely spoilt for choice!
What makes the deal sweeter is a Standard Chartered Dining Promotion from 1 Jan 12 – 31 Dec 2012 which offers the regular set meals at $16++. Love it!
For those who are really hungry, you can opt for the large set which comes with a large spaghetti of course! And for those with a sweet tooth, there is the dessert set which is the regular set plus a dessert. 🙂 There are also 3 half and half sets that you can choose from.
We settled for the Standard Chartered Promotion and were issued a salad bowl each to pick from the salad bar.
The Salad Bar from one end. This is a decent selection considering the size of the bowl we were given. I love the grill eggplant, the third item from bottom left. There were 4 sauces that you can dress your salad with: Shoyu, Sesame, Mayo and French Dressing. They also provided Sesame seeds, golden crispy shallots and some scallop/bacons bit (if I am not wrong) as toppings (the 3 white bowls in the center)
The Salad Bar View from the other end. There were cherry tomatoes, pickled radish, peas, shredded carrot, Japanese cucumbers, thinly sliced celery, sweet corn, cheese, pineapple, grilled eggplants, alfafa, lychee, pickled veg, orange and lettuce for you to pick. Do note that you are only allowed one time at the salad bar, that is, it is not free flow.
My Greedy Companion’s Salad Alfafa Mountain!
A little from each bowl and this is what I ended up with! Slow’s Salad with sesame and shoyu dressing topping with sesame seeds.
My Salad Mountain! It was difficult not to pile the bowl high when you are only allowed to go once! LOL…
The fish soup that come with the set was placed before us not too long after we picked our salad. I did not like this as I found it a little fishy. :O
The drinks that came with the set – Coke and Apple Juice. You can opt to top up to other drinks selection available.
My Regular Set consisting of a salad, a soup, a drink and a spaghetti.
My Western Style Soup Spaghetti – Hokkaido Cheese Cream Soup Spaghetti with Scallop, Corn & Potato ($13.50). Excellent is the only word for it! The cheese cream soup has a heavenly fragrant and was so perfectly balanced. The butter on top highlighted the flavour of the soup and I did not hesitate to stir it in. Every slurp of the spaghetti was filled with bliss! 😀 I took a long time to finish eating this big bowl of spaghetti and the soup retain the consistency just like when it was served. It did not thicken like other cream based sauces even when cold. Loved the texture the sweet corns and ham added to the pasta. I did wish for more scallops though as I only managed to fish out 3-4 tiny pieces.
My Friend’s Japanese Taste Spaghetti done with extra virgin oil and garlic – Karasumi Dried Mullet Roe, Crab & Shrimp ($13.50).
Close up of the Dried Mullet Roe generously sprinkled over the spaghetti. The spaghetti was done al-dente! Nice!
My salad that I took my time to finish. It seems to taste better after some of the water has seeped out from the vegetable and mixed with the sauces. Every bit is nicely coated with the yummy sesame and shoyu dressing. Sweet and savoury at the same time!
I understood at the end of the meal why the salad bowl was so small. If you had loaded yourself with the salad, you will not be able to finish the spaghetti that was so loving prepared by the chefs. The salad bar serves as a complement to increase your fiber intake and up the nutrition value of the entire meal. I am indeed impressed by the thoughtfulness of the Japanese and will definitely visit this place again. By the way, did I mention that it is healthier and less fattening to eat pasta than white rice? 🙂
*Note: They do not do take-aways anymore as they want to maintain the quality of the spaghetti. It is great that they are keeping the food standards high but sad that we would not be able to enjoy the food in the comfort of our house.
Yomenya Goemen Japanese Spaghetti House
Marina Bay Link Mall
8A Marina Boulevard
#B2-03 Singapore 018984
Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/yomenyagoemonsg
Photos taken with Iphone4S