I love food. I love eating delicious food. And, more importantly, I love spending time with my loved ones over a meal.
Typical Singaporean, eh?
So recently, we had the chance to check out the food at Miam Miam‘s newest outlet at Westgate Mall. (Sidenote: I’m so jealous of the Westies! Westgate Mall is so, so hip.) Call me suaku but I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before this. I know, I know, I am so not cool.
Miam Miam bills itself as a “French cafe with a Japanese twist” and promises that all its dishes are made from scratch and served fresh. On the Monday evening that we were there, we were rather surprised to see the long queue that had formed outside the restaurant.
The restaurant has a very warm and cosy ambience: think cushy sofa seats, warm lighting and wooden furniture. It’s a little like Muji, but with colours. And done in a very French sort of way.
Our party of four adults and three toddlers (I always enjoy the WHAAAAT looks on the faces of the wait staff when we ask for a table and shudder at the mess we leave behind) shared four mains and two desserts. And we practically rolled out of the restaurant after dinner.
Between the four of us (and three tots), we had the Carbonara ($15.80), Riz Au Curry (baked Japanese curry rice, $15.50), Miam Miam Spaghetti ($15.80) and Bolognese ($14.80). I have never been a fan of Carbonara, frankly, because I can never finish half a plate on my own without feeling all gross and sick. But Miam Miam’s was done very lightly without losing the flavour. The husband, who can tolerate cream-based pasta better than me, gave it his two thumbs up.
The Miam Miam spaghetti was an interesting one – it felt like a stir-fry, what with the mushrooms, onion and bacon mix. It was a good, hearty dish, something that adults will like. While the Bolognese was meant as a dish to be shared among the three tots, the adults ended up polishing it off because the clever little buggers were busy devouring the other food. I thought it was a tad sweet for a tomato-based pasta dish but I’m not complaining because the little man was happy to wolf it down.
My favourite was actually the Riz au Curry. The curry was, again, light on the palate and did not overwhelm. I loved the little touches: the accompanying frankfurters, the layer of cheese (LOVE CHEESE) baked on top of the rice and that egg right in the middle of the dish. I DID NOT WANT TO SHARE. But I did anyway.
After the mains came the two desserts: French Toast ($9.80) and Apples & Granola Pancakes ($12.80). Mmm, that french toast was yummy. Thick slices of bread that are slightly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The only downside was that it was accompanied by a scoop of cream (!!) instead of ice-cream. The ice-cream would have made it PERFECT. By the time we got around to the pancakes, we were completely stuffed.
BUT. There were drinks to end off the evening! I had to try their matcha latte (I am a huge fan) and it did not disappoint. Often, the matcha latte that I have tried are either too watery or milky. This one hit the right spots with the perfect balance of mellow tea and milk.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening but for the sub-par service. We took the alfresco seats and found ourselves asking for the service staff to clear our tables more than once. Requests for kids cutlery had to be repeated as well. It seemed as though the staff could not cope with the high traffic, which was a shame, seeing that the food is actually pretty good.
Would we go back again? Yes, for sure! There are definitely some dishes on the menu that we would love to try. It’s also a place that families with kids will love, what with the delicious food and cosy ambience. Since Miam Miam also has a branch at Bugis Junction, there really is no excuse for us Easterners not check it out.
Miam Miam @ Westgate
3 Gateway Drive
Disclaimer: We were invited to a food-tasting session at Miam Miam for the purpose of this review. All opinions and photos (unless otherwise stated) are ours.