Whassup hungry food lovin' readers? Spring is here but the cold weather still remains. So what do I like to have in this type of weather other than ramen? Beef soba at Menya Mappen!
This time, my journey into the wonderful world of food takes me to a familiar and favourite cuisine of mine. That cuisine is Japanese food. Menya Mappen is just a few minutes walk from Town Hall station located on George Street.
As I enter this self serve noodle bar, it seemed and felt like I've entered a whole new world. It was like being transported to a back street in retro Tokyo. The displayed poster of classic Japanese/samurai movies was a cool touch to the place.
To order food, I joined the queue that started from the door. The sight of hustle and bustle at Mappen was a sight of promising good food. Once my turn to order food was up, I started by taking a tray and picked an udon or soba of my choice. Then it was followed by optional choices of tempura and side condiments.
The beef soba was good and comforting. I have always loved the taste and texture of soba. Adding light kakedashi soup to the soba gave it more character. Kakedashi is a light soy based soup also flavoured with fish and dried kelp. The topping of cooked tender slices of beef added a nice protein content to the dish.
|prawn and fish tempura|
I cannot go pass the tempuras of course! I had a prawn and fish tempura. The batter was perfect to my liking which was crispy and doughy-ish.
|black sesame daifuku|
A new favourite Japanese treat of mine is the black sesame daifuku. A sticky rice ball with red bean paste inside.
Mappen food gave me comfort and great tasting food satisfaction. With a place that has food as tasty and reasonably priced as this, one can't go wrong. My lunch at Mappen was very yumny for my tummy! How's yours?
Shop 11, 537-551 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9283 5525
7 Days 11:30am-10:00pm