Until recently, my appreciation for ramen noodles had not reached this level of heights; as it did after I had a meal of ramen noodles at Menya Noodle Bar. This quaint little shop located on Market street is hidden behind the main office tower in a quiet alley. It is easy to miss locating it, unless you walk onto the road less travelled but once you get there don't be taken aback with the long queues at the counter. It doesn't matter what day of the week it is, the queues don't seem to subside during lunch hour. Having said that, I will say that the queue does move fast and the service is really quick and it's absolutely worth the wait.
The foundation of any good ramen is the broth and Menya has nailed that very art. Every drop of broth is like liquid gold to me. The floating sesame seeds, the spicy vegetables and fresh red chilli takes it up one notch (Note: Adding spicy vegetables is an optional element). When the burning sensation of the first bite of chilli hits your palette, it also spreads a taste like never before making you want to go for more.
As you pick your ramen you get to choose the broth. Options include Shoyu (Japanese soy), Miso, salt and tonkotsu (made from pork bones) in most cases. In case you want to go for Udon or Soba noodles (Soba is made of buckwheat flour hence gluten free) then pick from one of their delicious options in the Udon & Soba noodle category. Whichever one you pick, you are sure to slurp them up from the broth just like I did.