From hearty bowls of Hakata-styled ramen goodness from Uma Uma Ramen to expertly grilled morsels of yakitori and kushikatsu fired up by experienced Japanese chefs – flavour profiles, harmony and taste balance are evident at this new Izakaya Restaurant & Bar at Millenia Walk. This same dedication goes into the drinks and cocktails crafted by the mixologist from Horse’s Mouth, making every sip worthwhile.
Yakitori and Kushikatsu are the stars at this new Izakaya, featuring a special menu of over 11 types of skewers and grilled meats prepared a la minute, accompanied with homemade sauces created by Head Chef, Shota Kaneko. Here’s some highlights of the yakitori, kushikatsu and side dishes.
My favourite dishes on the Yakitori menu were the mouthwatering Butabara (Pork Belly $2), Tsunkune (Chicken Ball $2) and Chicken Thigh ($2). If you want to experience a new taste, try the Nankotsu (Chicken Soft Bone $2)) which is the cartilageous parts of the chicken bones and is one of the most popular dishes among the Japanese themselves. The texture is crunchy and lightly seasonsed with salt and some Japanese spices, best served with a burst of lemon.
Standout Kushikatsu menu dishes include the battered and fried Pork Loin ($4) and Scallops, ($5) made with chef Shota’s special traditional recipe – the batter is seasoned lightly yet not overly greasy, to best bring out the taste of freshness and quality of the ingredients without being overwhelmed by the batter.
Other tantalising dishes from the Bar Bites menu include Mecabbage (Brussels Sprouts $10), Eihire (Stingray fins $10), Chicken Wings ($18) and Wagyu Beef ($24).
If you are still hungry, dig into the gratifiying bowls of Hakata-styled ramen like the signature Uma Uma Ramen ($14), Bushi Tonkotsu Ramen ($16) or the Mazesoba ($14) a dry-style ramen created in Singapore specially for Uma Uma.
Note: Ramen is available for all-day dining, however Yakitori, Kushikatsu, and Cocktails will be available after 5.30pm for dinner.
You will also find a selection of tipples – wines, sakes and spirits and beer, including a number of signature cocktails like Lychee Martini, The Black Pearl, Aphrodisiac from The Horse’s Mouth. There are the classic options such as Whisky Sour, Negroni, Daiquiri and Scofflaw. Happy Hour prices of cocktails each at $14 (U.P. $18).
Guests need to understand that Japanese beverages are not quite as potent as the Americans, that is due to the need of balance in every sip. The Japanese cocktails are easy to drink, many of which are popular among the ladies.
The Happy Hour at Uma Uma Izakaya Restaurant & Bar starts from 5:30pm to 8pm, but currently for the entire month of December, Happy Hour runs all day, everyday including Public Holiday, except for Sunday where the bartender gets a day off, only beer is available for Happy Hour all day.
Uma Uma Izakaya Restaurant & Bar is the first Izakaya-Ramenya concept by Iki Concepts – the same folks who manages Kaiseki Yoshiyuki, Uma Uma Ramen and The Horse’s Mouth. Diners can enjoy the best of all worlds at the contemporary Japanese restaurant, pairing piping hot ramen and yakitori with tasty cocktails and drinks.
The restaurant seats 70 pax, boasting of an indoor seating area and a large al fresco area (opening soon), but I always think sitting by the kitchen bar is the best seat in the house, where that is exactly the case – watching all the buzz in the open kitchen.
Uma Uma Izakaya Restaurant & Bar
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-06 Millenia Walk Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to Midnight, Sunday 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:30PM – 10:00pm