This is by far the easiest time I’ve had ordering at a Ramen place, a Japanese restaurant, or at any restaurant for that matter. When I get Ramen I mostly go with “that-one-with-the-porkslices” since I’m an impatient hungry hippo who just wants to eat already! And the noodles, the most important element(!), is just an incidental. Or, to put it in a good way, a “surprise”. ‘Oh so their noodles here are fat. Nice.’
At Moshi Koshi, noodles are the boss! With the help of their “Quick Guide” printed on their paper placemats and wall menu board, customers start with their choice of noodles and build from there. Why start anywhere else? Koshi, or ‘al dente’ noodles as I learned from the Noodle Boss, is key.
The Quick Guide comes with short and sweet descriptions of the selections of noodles (Chinese-style, traditional or thick and chewy), broth (soy sauce-based, soybean or clear) and toppings – if you’re the type who likes having your ebi tempura in the same bowl as your noodles. Notice, too, the diner dictionary for the items on their menu you may not be really familiar with, and the Koshi clock which basically urges you to finish your food in a flash. Didn’t really care much for the Koshi clock though, because I eat slow and I like to enjoy my meal, and my food was still good twenty minutes in to my happy dining experience.
Not having to survey a cramped and unattractive menu of an endless list of possibilities, I put together my noodle bowl, chose gyoza from the list of sides to add some diversity to my meal and paid, all in under 5 minutes. How is this the first time I’ve gone through this simple and sensible process of deciding what to order.
The Moshi Koshi menu also offers donburi, spicy curry (beef, chicken or katsu!), tempura and bentos with four of their sidings, if you’re not in the mood for Ramen. But why go to a restaurant called ‘Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss’ and not order noodles? Hopefully not just to catch a glimpse of this guy–
Good food is good food indeed. But a good concept and thoughtful design doesn’t hurt. Swing by and see for yourself. I ate at the branch in Robinson’s Galleria Level 4, above National Bookstore.