Long disclaimer: We received an email from the folks of the new Miam Miam restaurant at Bugis Junction about doing a review for them. Not knowing what to do with such emails, we didn’t reply (sorry) but when we found ourselves at Bugis that afternoon, we headed to the restaurant, liked the menu and decided to have our lunch at Miam Miam. We paid for our meal (there was a general 20% discount to celebrate the restaurant opening); also, we weren’t under any duress or promised any benefits to write this. But I guess if not for the email, we wouldn’t have known about the restaurant, so. The actual review, if you can call this that, is most likely to be shorter than this disclaimer.
Part of Bugis Junction went through a spot of renovation recently: the result is that BHG shrunk and there is now space for new eateries and shops. We were very happy to find out that MUJI is no longer a walk through the lingerie section in BHG and is now a proper, separate store. Miam Miam, a Japanese-French café with locations in Malaysia, Australia and Shanghai, is one of the newcomers here.
If one were prone to comparison, Miam Miam would be like a cross between Hoshino Coffee, Nana Green’s Tea and Youmenya Goemon. There is a decent variety of pasta, sandwiches and desserts. We know from experience that range is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to dining establishments in Singapore, so we were a tad wary. In the end, these ended up on our table: the soup of the day, the signature pasta, the soufflé-style pancake with green tea ice cream, and a coffee.
The soup of the day, which was minestrone, was served with some bread. The soup was a little too unnaturally sweet for both of us, but I loved the lightly toasted, buttered slice (more like a sliver, actually) of white bread. It reminded me of the lovely sandwiches I had at the Renoir kissaten* in Tokyo. Would definitely try one of their sandwiches next time.
While the pasta was good, we found ourselves wondering why there was only so much chorizo sausage (maybe half a sausage but thinly sliced and tossed into the spaghetti) and only so much bacon (we estimated a 10-cm strip). There seemed to be a lot of pasta though so you at least won’t walk away hungry.
The dessert, a matcha and red bean cream pancake (a soufflé, actually) topped with matcha and coffee jelly, was a great end to the meal, because it was really quite miam-miam (that’s “yummy” in French, according to the internet). We couldn’t decide if Hoshino’s or Miam Miam’s soufflé was better, but that non-observation probably was a reminder of how unmemorable Hoshino’s rendition was. By the way, order the desserts together with your mains as the soufflés take about 20 minutes to prepare.
As for the coffee, skip it. For $5.80, you can get something made by a better barista.
Miam Miam / Website
#02-14, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street
* I strongly recommend the Renoir kissaten in Ginza, Tokyo. The sandwiches were simply done but very good. The drinks were excellent too. The place has both a smoking and non-smoking section, but chances are you will come out smelling like a chimney. If you’re up for a little old-school kissaten, this, with its assortment of elderly, sneering Japanese ex-salarymen and prim Japanese housewives, would do perfect.