If you’ve read our post when we attended MUJI’s sensitive skincare workshop, you’d know that we are huge MUJI fans! Not only do we love their skincare and household products, but also their philosophy of simplicity and no-brand branding. Yet, we can’t believe it took us this long to give MUJI’s cafe a try. The simplicity of their products seemed to be translated into their food as well. There aren’t a lot of items on their menu, but there’s enough variety that got us intrigued.
The cafe’s concept is pretty simple – you could go with either an already fixed dish or customise your plate with a deli set. We decided to give both of them a try, so read on to find out what we thought!
3 Deli Set ($12.90)
The 3 deli set comprises of 1 hot dish and 2 cold dishes, of which I chose the smoked salmon & fennel salad and black fungus salad (festive special) for the cold dishes and the chicken meatballs for the hot dish. I also opted for the 16 grain rice at an additional charge of $1.
To be honest, I was shocked at how small the portion is. There were only 2 chicken meatballs! Given that the rest of the meal was cold salads, it was barely enough to eat with the rice. So I didn’t end up finishing my rice. However, I did like both salads and I also liked that MUJI offers a wide variety of salads to choose from.
Pork Katsu Donburi ($15.90)
Next up, we got the pork katsu donburi. Besides the fried pork katsu, everything else about the dish was actually quite healthy! There’s a sizable amount of leafy greens accompanied by 16 grain rice and topped off with an onsen egg. The pork was also crispy yet tender and paired well with the Japanese mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce. However, I’m not a fan of onsen eggs, or more specifically – onsen eggs in rice/salads. I feel that the onsen egg makes the rice soggy and doesn’t pair well with “raw” or cold dishes, as in this case.
Iced Sunset Tea & Iced Hibiscus Tea ($4.65 each)
The Iced Sunset Tea is just a regular iced tea. There’s nothing particularly special about it besides its name. It is also unsweetened, but you could add some sugar syrup depending on your preference.
On the other hand, the Iced Hibiscus Tea is a tad bit sour and has floral and minty notes.
In general, we felt that the food was underwhelming and it definitely looks better than it tastes. Not mention that it is pretty pricey! It’s not crazy expensive, but given the small portions, I could easily go to other places which offer the same food that I know would be good and serves larger quantities. Despite the disappointment in their food, MUJI would still be my go-to store for their lovely clothing, stationery, and household items.
Café & Meal MUJI
68 Orchard Road #01-10 to 17, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 10:00pm