Another ramen brand in Japan has ventured offshore with its first oversea establishment at Singapore. Originated from Hiroshima Japan with over 40 stalls, Bari Uma Ramen is proud of their super rich tonkotsu broth, Saikyo Nokou (最強濃厚) which is the characteristic of their noodles.
Not to be mistaken with Uma Uma Ramen at Forum Shopping Centre, the 2 month's old (opened in Dec 2012) Bari Uma Ramen is located at a more quiet corner at Tanglin Shopping Centre in between Orchard Parade Hotel and St Regis. Many have given good reviews for the ramen ranking them among the popular establishments such as Keisuke Tonkatsu King and Menya Mushashi.
Shoyu Uma 4.2/5
I am not a big fan of rich greasy ramen broth so I opt for the Shoyu Uma ($13.50). The bowl of ramen may look simple yet each sip of the fragrant shoyu broth was truly an enjoyment. Besides the broth, the other highlight at Bari Uma is their wheat flour noodles. The noodle is thicker with a firmer and springier texture.
Miso Uma 3.8/5
The Miso Uma ($16) which comes with only diced flamed charshu and corns seem rather expensive compared to the other ramen which comes with thick cut flamed charshu. It was a decent bowl of miso broth but it just gave the feeling of being short changed with the pricing.
Kara Uma 3.5/5
This is probably the most spicy Kara Uma ($16) I have ever tried. According to the restaurant, it is spicier than what is served in Japan to suit the local taste and love for spiciness.
Aji Tama Uma 4.5/5
The hot seller at Bari Uma is the Aji Tama Uma ($15). The broth was really very rich and robust but it did not give the feeling of being too complex in flavours. For just a mere $15, this is value for money with its rich flavours, thick cut flamed pork belly and ajitama. My only concern is the layer of artery clogging oil floating on the surface of the soup when it was left to cool.
Besides the ramen, Bari Uma also offers a few side dishes on their menu. The Gyoza (5pc for $6.50) was nice but not memorable. The thin gyoza skin was pan fried to a nice crisp but the filling was rather unnoticeable and pedestrian.
Aburi Charshu 4.5/5
The other star of Bari Uma has to be the Aburi Charshu ($9). The thick slices of charshu were grilled to perfection that simply melted in the mouth. It was so good that we ordered another plate of it.
Yakitori Combo 3/5
The Yakitori Combo (5 sticks at $14.80) comes with a selection of Tori-niku (chicken thigh), Negima (chicken thigh and leeks), Butabara (pork belly), Sasmi (chicken breast) and Sunazuri (gizzards). Among the 5, my favourite was the butabara.
Bari Uma maybe the new kid on the block but its ramen has already received many good reviews and I concurred that after trying out their ramen. Just like their slogan Saikyo Nokou (最強濃厚), the broth is indeed very rich, mellow and smooth. The excellent bowl of richness should be proud of themselves standing tall among the competitions in the ramen scene.
Bari Uma Ramen
Tangling Shopping Centre
19 Tanglin Road
Tel: +65 68874484
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 1130am - 10pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheelock Place via ION. Exit Wheelock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Continue onwards to Forum Shopping Mall. Walk further down to Orchard Parade Hotel. Turn left onto Tanglin Road. Tanglin Shopping Centre is just beside Orchard Parade Hotel. Journey time about 15 minutes.