MUJI Opens Its First Café & Meal Outlet in Paragon
Finally, Japanese minimalist brand Muji opens its first Café & Meal outlet in Paragon on 5 September. Located within the Muji outlet in the mall, the cafe’s dedign is synonymous with the Japanese lifestyle brand of minimalist chic, with simple wood furnishing.
When you reach the cafe, you will probably see two queues. The first queue near the entrance will be the queue to your dining table. After you get a seat, you go to the second queue where you buy the food.
You can choose either:
– 3 Deli (1 hot deli + 2 cold deli): $12.90 or
– 4 Deli (2 hot deli + 2 cold deli): $16.90
Honestly, I feel like I am having Japanese style Chap Chye Peng. There is a display of different dishes for you to choose from. According to the waitress, the hot and col deli offerings are based on recipes from Japan, including different salads, meat stir fried in sauces etc. Because we went on the first week of operation, service is very slow and we waited for close to 1 hour because we finally sat down and ate our food.
Of the dishes we picked, I like the fried chicken with sweet chilli mayo. This is a classic in MUJI with tender chicken chunks stir fried in sweet chilli sauce. The thick vegetables omelette with crunchy vegetable bites of pumpkin, broccoli, asparagus and red bell pepper is also worth ordering. There are locally inspired dishes such as Baked Bak Kut Teh with honey glaze, but only available for dinner. For single orders, each Hot and Cold Deli is priced at $5 and $2.70 respectively. As the air conditioning is very strong during our visit, food turns cold really fast, so be sure to stop instagramming and tuck in quick!
The outstanding difference is, Niigata Koshihkari Japanese white rice is used instead of the usual Jasmine rice. It is known for its nutritious value and sweet taste. I actually enjoyed eating 10 Grain Rice here which is a healthy mix of white rice and multi-grains.
I ordered the Butter Chicken Curry with Salad. Honestly, I think CoCoIchibanya does a better job with more ingredients in it. We ended our lunch with a cup of Roasted Tea Pudding ($5.40). This creamy and smooth pudding has a mild lingering aroma of Hojicha (roasted Japanese green tea) with crispy sesame tuile.
Café & Meal MUJI Paragon
Address: #04 – 36 to 40 Orchard Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Telephone: +65 6735 0123
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10am to 9.30pm
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