With a name like Bari-Uma (in Japanese, Bari means ‘super’ and Uma means ‘tasty’), one can’t help but have certain expectations when walking into this Japanese chain, which touts itself in serving homemade ramen noodles.
Tucked in a quiet corner of the third floor at Jaya Shopping Centre, the decor is simple and casual – almost canteen-like. I guess you pay for the quality of the food rather than the ambience, since the prices are above average.
There are several lunch set options, but the star of the show is the Bari-Uma: Ramen in pork flavoured shoyu soup with thick-cut flamed chashu. The set (RM29.90) comes with edamame, two pieces of pan-fried chicken gyoza and green tea.
The soup is made from herbs, pork bones, chicken feet, high quality soy sauce and other ingredients, boiled for over 10 hours to extract maximum flavour. The result is a super rich, creamy and thick broth, which diners will slurp to the last drop. The ramen is fresh and springy as well, with just the right amount of al dente bite, and the thick cut chasu had a smokey, slightly charred taste, with a good balance between the lean and fat.
Bari-Uma is a good alternative to the always packed Menya Shi-Shi Do, and service is friendly and efficient. Hits the spot if you’ve got some money to splurge for a nice lunch. 🙂
BARI-UMA (JAYA SHOPPING CENTRE)
Lot L3-11, Level 3, Jaya Shopping Centre, Jalan Professor Khoo Kay Kim, Seksyen 14, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opens daily: 11.30AM – 9.30PM