Miam Miam (Bugis Junction)

From its website, Miam Miam touts itself as “a casual Artisanal French café-restaurant that brings together a mixture of French Artisanal Cuisine & Techniques with influences derived from traditional Japanese preparation & cooking arts”. This café-like restaurant is relatively easy to find on the second floor right outside BHG and offers up offerings of pasta, baked rice, pancake, soufflé, matcha latte, and hand-dripped iced coffee, Besides the outlet at Bugis Junction, Miam Miam has opened one outlet at Westgate and another (quite recently) at Tampines One; business seems to be flourishing.

It can be considered to be somewhat open-concept, with no walls encasing this restaurant enabling both passers-by and patrons to have a view of each other. So if you are uncomfortable having someone look at what you are eating or sneezing/coughing into it by accident, you can always sit away from the edges of the restaurant. Of course, if you are totally uncomfortable with the open-air concept, then maybe you can try the outlet at Tampines One which has walls surrounding it for your ‘food-safety’. The décor is quite casual and interesting (they use colorful pails to hold the utensils) and have a modern country-like theme to it with all the woods and colors used. Service was acceptable and in order to get the attention of the wait staff, there is a bell at each table which you press and you be attended to shortly after pressing that bell. Kind of reminds me of Saizeriya.

Most of their dishes have a fusion East-meets-West feel to them, like their signature Miam Miam Spaghetti at S$15.80 (which is one of my favorites!): pasta that is served with sautéed frankfurters, tomatoes, baby spinach and bacon, tossed with French butter, a little broth and some shoyu, and a somewhat half-boiled egg as an icing on the cake pasta. 

Miam Miam Spaghetti
Miam Miam Spaghetti: The portion is quite substantial and the taste when all the ingredients are mixed together is amazing. The French butter, broth and shoyu gave it that savory and delectable taste with the slightly salted tender bacon enveloping the spaghetti in a yummilicious way, while the baby spinach and tomatoes gave it that extra zing and crunch, not to mention the addition of the (not so cooked) egg (yolk) gave the dish an overall velvety texture.

Previously I tried the Mac & Cheese (S$14.50) but it was a little underwhelming because it was really watered down and not as cheesy as I would have liked it to be, and for that price, the portion was really too small . So whenever I go to Miam Miam, I end up eating the Miam Miam Spaghetti instead.

Thankfully this time the momsie decided she wanted something new, so she had the Yaki Tori Rice with Leeks, which was something new on the menu (I think). 

 Yaki Tori Rice with Leeks
The leeks were fresh and crunchy and the chicken bits tender, coupled together with the sauce on top the Japanese rice and served in a little pot-pan, it was a delightful meal and not too heavy on the stomach too given the portion.

Oddly enough, we had space in our tummies for dessert and the French Toast (S$15.80) was just calling out to us (oh the lure of tempting illustrations on the menu!). For what I thought was vanilla ice-cream, it turned out to be fluffy whipped cream. 

French Toast
The warm charred fluffy pieces of thick toast topped with the small jug of maple syrup were simply a delight! It wasn’t too sweet and the fluffiness of the whole dessert just makes you want to curl your toes in happiness. Of course, the calories that are added afterwards are a different story altogether. Still, it would have been better if it were topped with vanilla ice-cream (in my opinion) and if the price wasn’t so exorbitant (I means $15.80 for some toast and whipped cream served in a relatively small portion is a little too much and seemingly not in proportion to its true value).

Overall, it was a satisfying dinner which cost us about S$75 for 3 persons. Service-wise it was the norm and acceptable, nothing bad about it and nothing fantastic about it either. 

Miam Miam (Bugis Junction)

Address: #02-14, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street
Tel: 6837 0301 (Note that the restaurant does not allow reservation)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-10:00pm

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