A day off in the middle of the work week is always very, very welcome. Errands are run, movies ticked off the to-watch list, and meals eaten.
MAY MAY has been on my radar for some time. I like fusion food when it’s done well, and the people behind MAY MAY appear to have a good track record with Blue Ginger. (I haven’t tried that too, and it’s been my to-try list for ages).
The restaurant serves only rice bowls ($12-18) during lunch, and offers a set meal option with a drink and salad for $3 more. You can also choose to swap your rice out for the healthier quinoa for an additional $2, which was what Sarah did.
We had: the pork belly rice bowl and the grilled miso aubergine quinoa bowl. We took the set meal option, so we had a salad (which was unevenly dressed, making it too acidic in places) and drinks. The strawberry green tea and pineapple sencha sounded enticing on paper, but we found the teas a tad too bland overall.
The food was good. Each rice bowl came with an assortment of toppings – wasabi sprouts, Asian slaw, onsen egg, grilled mushrooms, oven roasted tomatoes, crispy tofu cubes, kale crisps, and pickled lotus root chips. The onsen egg had the right yolk, but was tasteless (sigh). The crunchy pickled lotus root chips was our favourite. We liked the variety of toppings, and thought their portions pretty generous.
The main star in each of our rice bowls also fared well. The pork belly (a bit too fatty) was tender and flavourful, with a slight floral/citrusy* aftertaste. The grilled aubergines could do with a bit more time on the grill, but they were nicely seasoned and tasted good.
There isn’t any menu available online, but when I called to reserve a table, the person I spoke to kindly offered to send the menu over Whatsapp. I don’t think reservations are necessary for lunch; the restaurant was half-filled, but we did go on a rainy afternoon.
MAY MAY sits on Tras Street, a few doors down from Café Gavroche and not a far walk from Teppei. It’s hard to compete with a chirashi bowl, but if you find it a tad claustrophobic and noisy in the Japanese joint or don’t fancy their queue, MAY MAY is a worthy alternative.
Oh, the interior is nicely done up too.
MAY MAY / Facebook
65 Tras Street
Street parking is available. You can also park at Orchid Hotel.
* I can’t figure it out, and it’s been really eating at me.