Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ma Maison



Ma Maison, which means my home in French, started out with an outlet at Bugis Junction and soon expanded to include one at The Central. Known for its take on Japanese Western food aka fusion food, Ma Maison packs in the crowds at meal times so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a seat if you arrive without a reservation.



Exterior & Interior



Our table

Located just a few units down from Wakashachiya on the third floor, Ma Maison's interior is reminiscent of a quaint little European cottage with lots of wood, overhanging crockery and shelves of various liquids. The cozy cottage feel is further reinforced by replica ornaments of yesteryear placed along the wooden window sill. If you are lucky enough, you can get a window seat which overlooks Clarke Quay and the river, but there's probably only 5 such tables or so.



Doteni Hamburger

A signature dish of Ma Maison, the Doteni Hamburger was essentially a beef and pork patty covered with a fried egg, topped with beef tendons and draped with a demi glaze sauce that has been left to simmer for 28 days. And I liked it. The beef, though almost well done, was moist and juicy with a slightly uneven texture. The egg was perfectly done while the gelatinous beef tendon came across as a little chewy and not overly soft. Coupled with the robust sauce, it set the right note for our lunch.



Tonakatsu

After the horrendous tonkatsu experience at Wakashachiya just a couple of hours before, I was rather skeptical about the tonkatsu at Ma Maison. Those fears were put to rest as the pork cutlet turned out fine and surpassed expectations. Sure the meat wasn't kurobuta like Tampopo's, but it was still decently tender while retaining moisture and bite. There was no evident taste of oily residue either. The breaded batter could have been a wee bit thinner though, which would have made it crispier and less oily.



Beef Stroganoff with Omu Rice

My personal favourite. Who can resist tender beef slices served up in a thick savoury sauce coupled with smooth milky omelette enveloping fragrant and tasty buttery rice? If I'm coming back to Ma Maison, its definitely going to be for this dish. I would prefer a little more butter to go into the rice though, which would make it heartier and of course more artery clogging.



Squid Ink Spaghetti

Honestly I didn't quite take to the spaghetti. It wasn't al dente and came across rather bland. Maybe thats the way Japanese spaghettis are supposed to taste like, unlike the richer and more robust renditions from the Italians. If you like light stuff then this dish would probably suit you but do note that squid ink leaves a dark stain on your teeth so remember to rinse!



Likes: Good service, good food, quaint interior
Dislikes: limited seating, can be a little warm near the windows in the afternoon

Final Verdict:

Ambience:7.5/10
Service:7/10
Food:7.5/10
Value for money:NA (Free)

Overall:7.34/10

Address: #03-96 The Central & #02-51 Bugis Junction

Contact: 6327 8122 (Central) & 63384819 (Bugis)

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.30am - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm

Website: http://www.ma-maison.co.jp

7 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, everything looks wonderful! Must have been an enjoyable evening.

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

fatpig said...

Thanks for the welcome! =)

Nic (KHKL) said...

the runny egg yolk complemented the flavoursome beef well, i thought. and the sweet doteni sauce was rather japanese. an almost perfect main course for me. ;)

fatpig said...

Hi nic! yea it was good, but my egg wasn't runny. haha.

ladyironchef said...

eh, no price stated?

fatpig said...

LIC, it was free haha.

Beverly said...

Well said.