The newly opened West Gate Shopping Mall in Jurong East has few gems which set my heart a flutter. Finally there is an Isetan for ‘west-siders’ like us; a one-of-a-kind 11,000 square-foot fantasy themed outdoor playground (named Westgate Wonderland) and an eclectic mix of Food & Beverage outlets to cater to all budgets and taste-buds.
|Welcome to Miam Miam|
Located at ground level of Westgate is this charming French-Japanese fusion cafe ‘Miam Miam‘ (The French equivalent to “yum,” or “yummy”). We’ve walked past it few times and it seems to be perpetually packed. On Monday, we finally understood why. Inspired by the grace & elegance of French Cafes & Japanese Kissatens ( Tea Rooms), Miam Miam brings together the best of French artisanal cooking techniques with influences derived from traditional Japanese culinary arts. We were told Miam Miam only uses the freshest, sustainable sourced ingredients and its chefs believe in precision food preparation. The end result? A perfectly engineered meal every time you visit.
We love its old-school Parisian cafe interiors and the laid-back feel which instantly put diners in an idyllic mood. It’s a lovely little nook where you can finally take a breather from the hectic day’s work. Like the Parisians, you are encouraged to tarry a little and take time to catch up with your friends and loved ones over good food and casual banters while waiting for your meal to be prepared from scratch.
|A choice of comfy seats awaits you…|
|The place for a casual meal…|
|Old school sugar canisters…|
|Classy European retro furniture…|
|Exquisite interiors right down to the details…|
|The posters say it all – everything here is freshly made with love…|
Miam Miam‘s menu offerings of pasta, baked rice, pancake, soufflé, matcha latte, and hand-dripped iced coffee cater to the well-travelled palette of Singaporeans. What’s impressive is their commitment to quality from the sourcing superior raw ingredients (e.g. they use only grade 1 matcha powder specially imported from Hokkaido) to adhering to strict S.O.Ps in terms of food preparation (e.g. every serving of souffle, pancake and pasta is made fresh from scratch only upon customers’ orders, all their dessert creams are hand-whipped etc.) Despite these, we were surprised to find none of the items priced above SGD20. All the goodness of French-Japanese cuisines at a non-‘atas’ (haughty) price – what a gem! I’m beginning to like Westgate a lot more already.
|Their attractive chalkboard typography inspired menu…|
At Miam Miam, you can be assured what you see on the menu is what you’ll get (WYSIWYG). The portions are generous and come in dainty serve wares. Daddy and Dana enjoyed the squid ink rice (her first time trying squid ink!) and I love my Miam Miam Spaghetti which has been tossed in butter, shoyu and Miam Miam’s secret broth then sauteed with frankfurters, tomatoes, baby spinach, bacon and topped with a runny egg. Simply Miam!
|Squid Ink Rice with Seafood (S$16.50) -moist and flavorful in every bite!|
|Miam Miam Spaghetti (S$15.80) – you get your carbo, protein, vitamins and fibre all in one plate!|
|The BEST matcha drinks ever! Hot Matcha Latte (S$6.80) and Ice Matcha Latte with Matche Softee (S$8.80)|
You cannot go to Miam Miam without trying their desserts. Their souffles and pancakes are light and fluffy, their signature french toasts – so irresistible that you keep going for second and third helpings. With such delectable desserts, Miam Miam is the ideal pit stop for an afternoon high tea too.
|Famous French Toast (S$9.80) – don’t ask, just order!|
|Photo Credit: Miam Miam|
Like the Parisian cafes in Europe, Miam Miam provides outdoor (alfresco) seating for families who need just that extra little more space for the children to wander around before or after the meals. We spent a most relaxed Monday evening getting acquainted with new friends at Miam Miam and won’t hesitate to dine there the next time we shop at Westgate (or Bugis)!
|Living up to its name – a queue has formed even before 7pm!|
|Merci beaucoup and À bientôt!|