Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ma Maison: Oishi & Kawaii

Ma Maison
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
Central #03-96
Tel: 6327-8122

200 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction #02-51
Tel: 6338-4819

If I tried to sum up this place in one word, it would probably have to be kawaii. Not the pink, fluffy, hello kitty kawaii, but a cute that has a distinctive charm about it.

This little cornershop is located in a rather hard to find spot in Central. When I called to ask a friend for directions, he said, ‘it is very hard to find, just think it is located at the far end at the building and you should find it’. It was hard to find, despite being 10 minutes earlier than my dinner date, I spent a good 15 minutes wandering around the building before I finally arrived, 5 minutes late. But as I was told, if you approach it from the river, you should see its signage from the outside, and it should not be difficult to locate. But I digress.

Ma Maison @ central is the second branch in Singapore, the original set up shop in Bugis. The draw is the “hamburg” that is a meat patty without a bun and served with a special homemade brown sauce or you can elect to go with grated daikon and a Japanese sauce. For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been obsessing about having a hamburg, and so I managed to drag a few friends down with me.

Eating at Ma Maison is fun. The interior is dark and woody and every table is accessorised with lamp looks a little kitsch, and the food is happy – the hamburg somehow evokes childhood memories for me. I had the standard hamburg (160 g), serving sizes go up to jumbo (300 g), and the regular brown sauce because I was partial to having an egg on my patty. The plate was simple, an ice cream scoop of mash along with obligatory vegetables for me to have a square meal and the main attraction, the almost perfectly round smiling egg that laid on the juicy mince patty, a very classical feel in it. No stacked food, no microgreen garnishes very straight to the point, but then again, it is not fine dining, but there is a charm to it that appeals to me. Presentation aside, the mince patty was succulent and the homemade brown sauce was rich and sticky, very yummy, very happy food.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the food from Ma's one of my fav jap restaurant..try their jap potato salad too..yum yum

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm... At 300g, you can barely taste the meat. ;)

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if u want jap buffet at an inexpensive price, u can try takaya bistro at Upper Thomson. Lunch buffet is at $19.80+ only but on Sat & Sun sashimi, tempura, the small pregnant fish (4got what they r called..) not bad for a decent price =) just don't expect very high quality stuff, but can eat ur fill!!

9:19 AM  

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