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Menya Mappen, Sydney

Noodles and self serve tempura – I had to visit!

Mappen, is a tiny self service restaurant situated inside the Skyview Plaza, the former Optus store which is behind the 85C cake shop on George street. The concept is quite simple really, self service. As you walk towards the restaurant, there is a poster / sign with instructions on how the whole concept works.

Instructions is quite simple, you choose a drink, select your type of noodles (udon, soba, ramen, hot, cold, small, large), pick your toppings, grab a bowl of tempura sauce, eat it and when you are done, return the tray – sounds simple enough right?

‘The Mother’ and I joined the queue, and it was BUSY as it was dinner time.

We waited patiently as our noodles were being cooked; I opted for the bukake with udon.

Once the noodles are cooked, you then help yourself to some chopped shallots and tempura flakes. Get yourself a tray, accept the bowl of noodles and then decide on one or more of the delicious tempura in front of you. I was in tempura heaven! They had a variety of tempuras ranging from sweet potato, onion, prawns, white fish, chicken, egg and vegetable kakiage – tempura galore!! YUM! There are also cold salads and condiments to choose from and onigiri rice balls should you wish to order more.

My bukake udon, was heavenly, it was cooked perfectly! Unfortunately, they don’t make their own noodles which is a shame. The soup was a little tangy from the lemon which gave it a nice kick. I took some fermented tofu – which was deliciously thin and light and was a great compliment with my udon.

Now, the best part of the meal – tempura! I took a prawn tempura and a vegetable kakiage which was a tower of grated vegetables. It was huge and absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish it as it was just too big, but it was deliciously good! The prawn tempura – perfect! It was with serious control that I only took TWO tempuras!

‘The Mother’ saw someone ordered beef udon and it looked fantastic! The soup was not tangy like mine but was delicious and full of flavour. The beef was tender and succulent. It did not disappoint!

I forgot to take a photo of ‘The Mother’s’ tempura – I was too hungry! ‘The Mother’ got himself an egg and a zucchini tempura. I didn’t try the egg tempura but it was soft boiled then deep fried. He said it was weird but deliciously good at the same time. The zucchini tempura – sensational!

I LOVED the concept, the meal and of course the tempura. My only gripe would be the limited seating. Diners would come and reserve seats before ordering, which meant that people who had ordered and collected their food were left standing around aimlessly. Good thing is that Mappen staff would come out and ask people to leave politely. If the restaurant looks full, don’t worry, you will be able to find a seat as the turnover is quite quick! However, diners, please don’t reserve yourself a table before you order, it’s just not cool!

The décor was seriously cool, it had vintage Japanese movie posters pasted on the walls. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take a photo of this as one, we were running late to see our movie and two, it was seriously buzzing and we wanted to leave so other diners could eat.  Total cost for our meals was less than $25, which is a bargain and easy on the wallet. ‘The Mother’ and I will definitely be back!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Menya Mappen Noodle

Shop 11, 537-551 George Street

Sydney, 2000

Ph: +61 2 9283 5525

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  1. September 27, 2010 at 12:55 am

    haha props on spreading the word about ppl hogging tables before getting food! also ppl not clearing their trays!

    • September 27, 2010 at 12:57 am

      ya it gave me the shites! there was a HUGE table, and 2 ppl were ‘reserving’ seats! was not a happy diner at first but after tempuras…. hmhmmh happy!!!

  2. November 20, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Hey,

    I ate here recently too. Oh gosh, seems like our views are pretty similar lol. I, too, thought the seating was a let down!

    I have featured your blog on my review on my blog: http://generationfood.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/make-your-meal-happen-at-menya-mappen/.

    • November 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

      hey there 🙂 thanks for dropping by! i cant believe how busy that place is – but it was pretty good though.

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