Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Menya Mappen, Sydney CBD

For a quick meal fix before watching The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Which was really good! If you liked the book, you'll like the movie because Stephen Chbosky who wrote the novel also directed it!) yesterday, the boy and I went to Menya Mappen! Some hot noodles were exactly what I felt like eating because it was cold and windy outside. I really don't know what's happening with Sydney's summer... What I love about Menya Mappen is how quick everything is served. It really functions like a well-oiled machine. Looking at the concise menu, I easily took my pick. Spicy pork it was!

For those of you who haven't had a Mappen experience, you order at the counter with this guy who then speed cooks your noodles too! Take your pick out of regular or large, depending on how hungry you are or how big your appetite is. Check out all those strainers for easy draining of the noodles.

You will then slide your tray along and pass all that tempting tempura calling out your name in all their oily goodness. The noodle dishes themselves are really cheap but adding on a few pieces here will quickly add up so don't go too crazy so there won't be any surprises when paying at the counter later on!

Regular bukkake spicy pork miso with soba, $5.90
At the end where you pay, you can also take a scoop of tempura flakes or spring onion. I chose spring onion because who doesn't like the freshness of spring onion? The noodles were cooked exactly how I liked them - still retaining a bit of bite. The spicy pork mince was awesome too! Though the spices combined with the heat radiating off of the heater to keep all that tempura hot really started to get to me halfway through my bowl. It was getting really hot! I would really suggest you to sit far away from the tempura bar unless you like overheating haha.

Sweet potato tempura, $1.00 ;  Takoyaki, $2.00
I have a neverending love for sweet potato and sweet potato with a super crunchy tempura batter on the outside? I'm totally won over. Takoyaki is always delicious and $2.00 for the whole stick was too cheap for me to resist.

Menya Mappen will always be my stop for a quick noodle fix if I'm craving for a warm, comforting bowl of noodles (:

Menya Mappen
Shop 11, 537 - 551 George Street
Sydney, 2000, NSW
9283 5525

Opening Hours
Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm

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  1. Ive nebver seen this place. It sounds really great. Love the siding of the tray past mountains of tempura and the speed cooking of noodles. Hang tight summer will be here with a vengance

    1. It really is like fast food Japanese style! I'm amazed at how fast the noodles cook every time haha. Too bad when summer rolls around, noodle soup won't be eaten for another few months!

  2. I still haven't been there but considering how chilly it was today, it might not be long til I do!

    1. Comforting bowl of noodles on a windy day is a match made in heaven!