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Manpuku Japanese Gourmet Town @ Tampines 1

Manpuku Japanese Gourmet Town @ Tampines 1
Entrance

Entrance

Overrated, overpriced, poor quality and bad service.

That sums up my first visit to the much-hyped Manpuku Japanese Gourmet Town at Tampines 1.

I did a quick search online for other reviews written about the place; apparently, most others felt the same way too.

Rachel and I went there on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very crowded. We were given a queue number and had to wait around 15 minutes to get in.

Presentation-wise, the decor wasn’t bad and the plastic model displays of the food on offer at the various stalls do look mouth-watering.

Visually arresting food display outside the restaurant

Visually arresting food display outside the restaurant

Plastic sakura flowers decor

Plastic sakura flowers decor

The sushi/sashimi chef

The sushi/sashimi chef

Large variety of sushi

Large variety of sushi

Fresh fish

Fresh fish

Other kind of raw seafood

Other kind of raw seafood

Takeaway sushi

Takeaway sushi

Drink stall

Drink stall

Yoshimis Hokkaido Soup Curry

Yoshimi's Hokkaido Soup Curry

Aobas Hokkaido Asahikawa Ramen

Aoba's Hokkaido Asahikawa Ramen

Botejyu Osaka Okonomiyaki

Botejyu Osaka Okonomiyaki

The okonomiyaki display

The okonomiyaki display

Toku Tokus Udon and Soba

Toku Toku's Udon and Soba

Patrons waiting for their udons

Patrons waiting for their udons

Udon and soba

Udon and soba display

Sesson Japanese Grill

Sesson Japanese Grill

Prawn snacks - look very nice, but I didnt try

Prawn snacks - look very nice, but I didn't try

Fruit Paradise which serves tarts and cakes

Fruit Paradise which serves tarts and cakes

Blueberry tart

Blueberry tart

We ordered a Hokkaido soup curry; an omurice with tofu patty and a slice of orange and grapefruit tart for desert.

Rachels Hokkaido vegetable soup curry

Rachel's Hokkaido vegetable soup curry

My omurice with tofu patty

My omurice with tofu patty

Our orange and grapefruit tart

Our orange and grapefruit tart

The curry tasted awful. It was nowhere near the wonderful soup curry we savoured when we were in Hokkaido early this year. In fact, it tasted like the soup of those curry flavour instant noodle you can buy at the local supermarket.

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The omurice was very bland. Tasted kind of like rice smothered with tomato ketchup. The tofu patty was dry and hard, can’t taste the tofu at all.

The only saving grace was the fruit tart which tasted reasonably good. However, it’s quite overpriced at S$7.80 a slice. But the food court wasn’t too hygienic too as there were fruit flies constantly hovering over our cake.

The can of Pokka carrot juice that we ordered cost S$2.90. It costs $1.30 at coffee shops.

With regards to the service, as they adopted a cash card system like Marché, it was essentially self-service for everything. Fair enough. However, I have some issues with the fact that the largely Chinese national staff do not seem to understand English at all.When I asked for “a bowl of rice”, I was greeted with a blank “Huh?” look.

Manpuku cash card

Manpuku cash card

My feel is that this place is probably just enjoying good business now because of it’s novelty. Once that dies down, it is likely to close down unless the food quality improve.

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Singaporeans are very picky eaters and new eateries probably get at most, one or two chances to prove themselves. My first visit sucks. I am not likely to go back there again in the near future. If I go back for a second visit and it still sucks, then it will be on my list of banned restaurants.

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2 Comments

  1. ting

    I almost dined there but got turned off by the queue. Went upstairs to Thai Express instead. Hah…

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  2. magekin

    i quite enjoyed it actually o.o and i had the same thing as you! the omelette rice with tofu patty thing.. hmm..

    Reply

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