Going Back To Basics With
Going Back To Basics With SOLOMEN CAFE
As the saying goes, if the food is good, customers will come in droves. However, when a good restaurant is new to the F&B industry, it is a challenge to keep the momentum going. Well, during one of my 'Jalan Jalan Cari Makan' journey, exploring the treasure trove of eateries around SS2, Petaling Jaya, I discovered Solomen Cafe, a newly opened cafe while looking for a bite in this gem-filled neighbourhood.
Comforting & Hearty Japanese Cuisine
Solomen Cafe serves a myriad of comforting and hearty Japanese cuisine focusing on simple ramen and don (rice) dishes with a good fare of appetizer, ala carte items and All-Day Set menu to choose from. They have gone for simple, fuss-free decor instead, letting their meals speak for itself.
For me, Solomen Cafe is perfect for ramen and rice (Don) dishes. Their menu specialises in meals for those who love pork, okay not just pork but lots of pork belly. One example of a dish would be the Hokkaido Buta Don and Hoikoro.
Solomen Cafe is a full-on Japanese restaurant but they specialise in unique ramen and rice (Don) dishes using only the freshest and best ingredients they can find. I love their broth and wheat-based homemade ramen made, which makes me wants to come back for more.
I'm impressed with the fact that they do make their own ramen which many F&B establishments might shy away. The task to having housemade ramen is tedious with consistent quality and standard to match.
Oh yes, did I forget to mention that Solomen Cafe's concept is to provide a comfortable place for 'Solo' men or freelancer to work and chill with a meal and drinks providing them with a pleasant dining cum working environment.
The High Bench ~ Perfect For Family Portrait
Thus, you will notice the cafe layout comes with high chairs and tops for solo freelancers to work on. It's very internet friendly cafe with a high-speed WIFI access, they also provide many plug points equipped with USB charging too.
We started with a few delectable appetisers of Gyoza, Tori Karaage, Hoikoro and Tonkatsu to fill our growling tummies. Needless to say, these oh-so-tasty small bites were finished in minutes. Thumbs up to the gyoza.
These Japanese dumplings are my top pick when it comes to appetizers. The gyoza's skin is housemade from scratch with much details and effort taken to make sure it not too thick nor too thin so that the stuffing does not fall out. It's the right thickness and texture, filled with flavourful minced meat within.
Another dish which I enjoyed eating is Hoikoro which is basically pan-fried mixed vegetable of cabbage, carrot and leek with pork belly in miso paste for the extra flavour. The dish is well-cooked full of 'Wok-Hei' with no overdone maintaining the crunchiness of the cabbage and an equal portion of juicy pork belly. Good dish actually to go with a warm bowl of rice!
We continued our lunch with ramen bowls. Solomen Cafe serves up a wide variety of housemade ramen in pork bone broth, miso broth to soy-based broth. Take your pick from Negi Miso Ramen, Tonkatsu Ramen, Tenshinmen and Kimchi Ramen for the Kimchi lovers.
Rice Bowls Selections
From the ramen bowls, we move on to ordering a few of the dishes from their (Don) rice bowl menu. Familiar flavours of Hokkaido Buta Don, Katsudon, Shiogayaki Don and Kimchi Chahan is bound to please your palate.
Hokkaido Buta Don
Everyone at the dining table has to agree that Hokkaido Buta Don was the obvious winner in terms of taste and flavour among all of the rice bowls. This rice dish was good to the last grain of rice!
Juicy Melt-in-Mouth Pork Belly
More Lucious Pork Belly
Pork belly lovers will surely fall in love with the well-marinated juicy and tender pork belly coated with the homemade sweet sauce that complements the warm white sushi rice. Highly recommended to try dish at Solomen Cafe.
Although we were stuffed with ramen and rice, we just simply cannot resist not trying their oh-so-delicious looking desserts - cakes on display at the counter.
There were many choices to choose from but we settled on tasting 2 different flavours. One is the classic favourite of Tiramisu while the other is the aromatic and pungent Cempedak Lover.
Cempedak Lover was good choice, surprisingly delicious pairing of cempedak with chocolate was like a match made in heaven! There are real chunks of fresh cempedak fruits in between the cake as we dig in. As we take our last bits of the delicious cake, we regretted having order a piece for sharing.
Must Eat Dish
Hokkaido Buta Don
No 16 Jalan SS 2/24
47300 Petaling Jaya
12pm - 10pm on Tues-Thurs
12pm - 10pm on Tues-Thurs
12pm - 12am on Fri-Sun
Closed on Monday
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