It has been a while since I last visited Millenia Walk and I was surprised that the building management managed to create a Japanese Food Street from the defunct Koufu foodcourt on level two. The whole place has been knocked down, opened up, created into a Japanese food street housing a few new Japanese F&B establishments. Uma Uma Izakaya Restaurant & Bar is one of these Japanese restaurants nestled in the new wing, featuring Bincho-grilled Yakitori and Kushikatsu, with cocktails and drinks by Horse's Mouth and Hakata-styled ramen from Uma Uma Ramen.
We started with Eihire ($8) which is actually Stingray Fins. The texture is some what like bak kwa with a nice hint of sweetness. This light bite is perfect to go with a glass of beer.
Mecabbage (Brussels Sprouts) 4.5/5
Another bar bites on the menu that I enjoyed a lot is the Mecabbage or Brussels Sprouts ($10). It was lightly fried to a thin crisp while still retaining its crunchiness. Dressed in a savoury soy based sauce, I could not stop myself from going back for more of it. Unknowingly, I finished the whole plate all by myself.
Chicken Skin 3.5/5 and Chicken Thigh 4/5
From the Yakitori menu, we ordered a few skewers such as the Chicken Thigh ($2), Chicken Skin ($2), Pork Belly ($2), Chicken Softbone ($2) and Shitake Mushroom ($3) to try. Except for the chicken skin, I realized that the rest of the ingredients are lightly seasoned without marination to allow the appreciation of the natural flavour and smokiness. On the other hand, the crispiness of the chicken skin with its sweet sauce can be quite addictive.
Butabara (Pork Belly) 3.5/5 and Nankotsu (Chicken Softbone) 3/5
Shitake Mushroom 4/5
Popular with the Japanese, the chicken softbone is something new to the local. It is actually quite plain in taste. It is more of the enjoyment of biting into the crunchy soft bone. To my surprise, my favourite of all is the shitake mushroom. Maybe that is why t is a dollar more than the rest of the skewers.
Pork Loin 4/5, Prawn 3.5/5 and Scallops 3/5
From the Kushikatsu menu, we tried the breaded and fried Pork Loin ($4), Prawn ($2) and Scallops ($5). Besides the light batter, the tartar sauce is the other reason for the delectable skewers.
From the sides menu, the Gyoza ($8) which may look sort of mini but the ratio of the dumpling skin to filling is just right, allowing the appreciation of the juiciness to the fullest.
Uma Uma Ramen 4.2/5
I am not a big ramen fan but I also have eaten a fair share of ramen around the island. However, when I tried Uma Uma Ramen ($14), I realized my taste buds and brains needed some time to register the new taste. It is different from the rest of the ramen I have eaten. While the pork ribs broth formed the base, it seems that the focus is on the soy sauce that give it the unique flavour which is not overly salty, rich and oily. Accompanied with chasiu, spring onions, black fungus, spicy miso and egg, this is a delicious bowl of light ramen which I enjoyed.
Another unique creation at Uma Uma is the Mazesoba ($14) which comes with spring onions, bamboo shoots, leeks, chilli oil and onsen egg. This is a dry style ramen which I doubt I have not seen it being served elsewhere. It is quite a good creation but felt some what short, missing some meaty textures to lift the overall enjoyment.
Bushi Tonkotsu Ramen 4.2/5
For a rich and robust bowl of ramen, the Bushi Tonkotsu Ramen ($16) will be a good choice. The bowl of slurping goodness comes with chasiu, bonito flakes, diced onions, red ginger, lime and egg. If you are a fan of okaka, you will enjoy the aroma that filled the whole bowl of delicious broth.
Besides the delicious ramen, Bincho-grilled yakitori and kushikatsu, Uma Uma Izakaya Restaurant & Bar also has an extension drink list featuring Sakes chosen from small and private breweries in Japan, classic cocktails, premium Whiskeys and beers. In short, the new Uma Uma outlet at Millenia Walk is a three in one concept under one roof by the Iki Concepts group.
Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar
9 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 68370827
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line)
Mon-Sat: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 12midnight
Sun: 1130am - 230pm, 530pm - 10pm
1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to level two of Millenia Walk. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]