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19 September 2010 @ 06:58 pm
Menya Mappen Japanese Noodle Bar  
oops I forgot to mention Bill took all the photos :) he's getting better huh??

The I's Group have brought a little bit more of Japan to Sydney, with the opening of Mappen (Skyview Shopping Plaza). The concept is self service and simply to enjoy a quick, cheap and tasty meal with the potential to cost less than a coffee.

Before you enter Mappen, make sure to grab a menu by the door for instructions:
Join the queue.
Get a drink.
Grab a try and order your noodles or rice (they also have curry and a few donburi options)
Add toppings to your noodles (tempura flakes or shallots) and get yourself a soup spoon.
Help yourself to all sorts of tempura at the tempura bar.
Hungry? There's onigiri (rice balls) here too!!! and Salad, Sansai veg, and daikonoroshi for tempura
Pour yourself some miso soup if you please.
Don't forget to pour yourself ten tsuyu (tempura sauce) if you have tempura.
Pay at the cashier
Enjoy your meal
After you've finished - return your tray :)
A bit like Ikea yeh??

With limited seating, their system failed a few times as people came in and found themselves a seat before ordering - this meant people who had ordered and collected their food were left waiting for a seat holding a tray of food, prompting Mappen staff to come out and ask people to give up their seats. If the restaurant is full, don't worry about finding a seat as the turn over is pretty fast!!! - so please don't save yourself a table before you order... oh and I think it's much easier to find seats for one or two people here rather than a big group (you might have to separate).

Menya Mappen Japanese Noodle Bar

$3.90? $4.90? Cheaper than a Tall Caramel Macchiato

Watch them make your noodles and fry up tempura fresh

Shallots, Tempura flakes and Soup spoons

See how the tempura bar is quite empty??
This means that they cook the tempura fresh!!

They also have salmon tempura, chikuwa tempura as well as the usual prawn tempura and vege tempura!

Kake Ramen $3.90

Shrimp and Vege Kakiage $3.90, Soft Boiled Egg Tempura $1.90 and Sweet Potato Tempura $0.50

Ontama Udon $4.90


Bill was eager to have ramen but unfortunately they didn't have Miso Ramen or Shoyu Ramen available so he opted for Kake Ramen (ramen in kakedashi soup usually for udon).

Total Costs??
His Kake Ramen and all the tempura cost $10.20, while mine Ontama Udon and Sansai cost $5.90 = happy wallets. :))) Menya Mappen on Urbanspoon
the night starts here__pinkpony on September 19th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
so cheap, so good--!
the night starts here__pinkpony on September 19th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
oh and good work bill! hehe
marmalade81marmalade81 on September 22nd, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
that's so cheap and look really good! reminds me of this little noodle place we went in Kyoto.. it was just a random cafeteria style that we happened to stumble upon, and yet it was one of the best (and cheapest) food we ate when were in Japan!!!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on February 2nd, 2011 09:06 am (UTC)
I can't wait to go back to Japan!!!
(Anonymous) on January 28th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Loving Mappen
I'm also a big fan of people following the instructions and not taking a seat first! Such great fast, tasty, fab food! I heart Mappen!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on February 2nd, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
Re: Loving Mappen
I love coming here before catching a movie! So quick