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:
Get a drink.
Add toppings to your noodles (tempura flakes or shallots) and get yourself a soup spoon.
Hungry? There’s onigiri (rice balls) here too!!! and Salad, Sansai veg, and daikonoroshi for tempura
Don’t forget to pour yourself ten tsuyu (tempura sauce) if you have tempura.
Enjoy your meal
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).
His Kake Ramen and all the tempura cost $10.20, while mine Ontama Udon and Sansai cost $5.90 = happy wallets. :)))