One weekend my brother and I had a lunch date at Ramen Bari Uma@Jaya Shopping Centre. Why Ramen Bari Uma?
Because (1) I have read good reviews and (2) I was at MyTown Shopping Centre not too long ago and chose Pho Street over Ramen Bari Uma to my regret. How did I end up at MyTown? That's another story for another day.
We got there at around 12:00pm and the restaurant was empty. In fact the whole floor was deathly quiet. I'll tell you about it in a bit.
We decided on the Ajitama-Uma with side orders of Karaage (not just my partner is a fan but my brother too), Yakitori and Gyoza.
Iced green tea (RM3.00) for drinks because there is no coffee hah..hah...
The Ajitama Uma (RM27.90). Ooooohhhh.... I loved the smoky flavor of the pork flavored shoyu soup and the flamed chasu! The portion of ramen was very generous. It was so filling.
Just a bowl of ramen is already sufficient to fill one up but then where is the fun without sides?
I thought the Karaage (4 pieces, RM11.90) was rather good but my brother says Connie's (of the now closed Hokano) is still better.
The Gyoza (5 pieces, RM11.90) was just OK.
The Yakitori (we chose chicken thigh and pork belly, RM6.90 for 2 pieces, total RM20.70) could have been better with more charring.
We were stuffed! Total damage RM123.30.
On our way out, we noticed this mission statement of sorts.
When we stepped out of the restaurant, we noted how quiet the whole floor was. Gosh.
Many shop spaces were boarded up (some with new tenants coming in). Then we saw Little Korea.
It was closed and had a notice on the door.
Oh dear. It is under receivership. Times are bad.