Evelyn and I had an impromptu dinner on one of the weekdays after work (Date Visit: 27/1/2014). We decided Bishan Junction 8 to be the meeting point. It is situated conveniently at Bishan MRT Station. Since she is craving for ramen, we headed to Watami restaurant for dinner. It was a late dinner around 9 pm. We get our queue number from the queue machine in front of the restaurant while waiting patiently for the staff to call us in.
It is an hour away from closing time. Thus, the restaurant atmosphere was quite quiet and cosy. I usually dine in during peak hours and I can hear noises coming from many different tables. It was a perfect moment for us to have a cosy chit chat session.
Here are the choice of dishes we ordered :-
Kara Miso Ramen @S$13.30++
Spicy miso ramen with pork slice served in a big bowl. The serving time is within 10 minutes. The soup broth was thick enough. Although it is called spicy miso ramen, we do not really taste the spiciness. Nevertheless, the overall taste suits Evelyn’s taste bud. She doesn’t feel too greasy or creamy after finishing the whole bowl.
Ishiyaki Steak Don @S$14.30++
Short Ribs rice in sizzling stone pot. Usually dishes served in sizzling stone pot will have slightly longer waiting time. So, if you do not want to wait, you might consider other choices available in the menu. I love the tenderness of the short ribs marinated with the sauce. It is quite juicy and compliments well with the rice served in the stone pot. The stone pot is still in hot temperature when I whipped off the dish.
Hot Ocha were ordered to go with the meal. Service staff was quite prompt re-filling our green tea. Overall, we had a pleasant dining experience.
Total bill was S$32.50 which includes 7% GST & 10% GST.
watami is a japanese chain of restauarant that is just average. even though there are some nice food such as the ramen i think there are better places to go to. but so to say the desserts are still not that bad
Watami is a Japanese dining concept that serves decent enough Japanese food and a fairly reasonable price which makes it a popular choice amongst heartlanders. However, if you are a gourmet and are expecting something of much higher quality then I would suggest that you look elsewhere. One of my favourite item on their menu is the katsudon or pork cutlet rice in general. You can never go wrong with pork cutlet rice and if you are feeling thirsty halfway throughout the meal, do feel free to order some of their beverages as they have a rather interesting drinks and beverage menu. Price is ok if you are not too picky about Japanese food but as I said, there are plenty of better ones out there.
Ordered 2 Katsu Don. waited for almost 45min and no food appeared on the table, waitress had to reorder from us again and this time we waited 15minutes for our food.
Food are expensive and yet u get slow service and forgetful waiter/waitress.
Waited in queue patiently for about 15mins on a Sunday night, got our seats at around 8pm. Ordered kara miso ramen and a suki saki with beef + ocha. The ramen arrived quickly enough but i found the soup too salty and there it is not spicy at all. It does look exactly as the picture describes : ramen with one miserable slice of pork. The ocha did not arrive until we asked for it 15 mins later. The suki yaki also did not arrive until we asked for it after i had already finished the ramen and realised the suki yaki has not arrived. They had actually forgotten our order and immediately brought it to us within 5mins. Overall, i did not enjoy the food nor the service and i will not return again.