Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bari Uma Japanese Restaurant @ Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang, Selangor.

End of the year has always been the best time for fellow Malaysians to shop- major fashion brands would lure customers with huge and attractive discounts. On my recent trip down to KL (read my review for Delicious here), I've managed to stop by Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang... for some quick shopping. The place is quite deserted and the best way to deal with hunger while you are there would be to dine in at one of the restaurants in the mall. Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang opens as early as 10 am in the morning and most restaurants would be ready by 11 am. It was our first visit and we tried our luck at Bari-Uma, a Japanese Ramen specialist....

Quoted from their website "hailing from Japan, Bari Uma prides itself by offering high quality Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen; the meat broth must be boiled for 10 hours in order to produce the thick and creamy consistency."

True enough, Ajitama-Uma (Rm 25.90) comes in a bowl of thick, rich and creamy Pork and Chicken broth topped with 2 halved Braised Egg with runny Yolk, a thick slab of Japanese Char Siew and Menma (braised Bamboo Shoots). Noodles were made in house but we thought they lacked the al-dente texture, probably not meant to be that way but we like ours with a chewy bite. The broth packed a flavorful punch and with the emulsified fats, we thought it was quite delicious, but not quite the best around. 

For a change, we had their Chicken Broth Ramen with Vegetables (Tori Yasai-Uma) for Rm 21.90. The light, clean Chicken broth carried a layer of creamy fats; topped with a handful of crunchy greens (such as Bean Sprouts, julienned Cabbage and Black Fungus). The broth was comforting but the Japanese element was too weak to our liking, as though we were having a bowl of ordinary Noodles with Chicken broth.The flavors just did not shine or perhaps, their signature Ajitama-Uma outshined this Tori Yasai-Uma.

Taste: 7/ 10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: -
Service Charge: Yes 10%
GST: Yes 6%

Additional Information:
Address: Lot F61, Level 1, Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang, Persiaran Komersial, 64000, KLIA, Selangor.
Business Hours: 10 am to 9:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 603- 8660 2054
Website: http://www.bariuma.my/

About Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang:

Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang is a factory outlet mall that houses outlets that offer many high-end off-seasoned brands (more than 100 brands for fashion apparels). Some of the notable brands include Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Hugo Boss, Super Dry, Hackett London, Bally, Nike etc (view the full list here).

Some handy tips (in case you need these information for budgeting):
  1. The queue at Nike Outlet is relentless so if you are there early, be sure to check it out first (I did not manage to squeeze in).
  2. Topman and Guess have limited products; not only they were off-seasoned, some of them can be off-putting. Do not waste your time there if you do not have much to spare.
  3. Super Dry offers good value sales; all apparels were at 30% discount. If you must know, I've managed to buy a shirt at Rm 200 and a Polo shirt at Rm 160; slightly lower than the standard boutique. 
  4. Though Polo Ralph Lauren was having great sales (it says up to 80%) but there was nothing great inside. Most items were out of fashion and the highly sought-after Polo Shirt costs up to Rm 340 per piece. Not too sure if its worth it but definitely out of my budget for a piece of Polo shirt. 
  5. Tommy Hilfiger's was quiet on my visit, the discounts were not that luring after all. For bench-marking purposes, one Polo Shirt costs Rm 240 (after discount). 
  6. Sacoor Brothers had some really delicious discounts. Prices were slashed at 70% and I've managed to grab a nice-fitted casual Shirt for less than Rm 90. 
  7. Certain brands do have good bargains but not all, you just have to pick wisely. The girls may check out Forever 21 for some fast fashion, my friend bought 5 pieces for less than Rm 120. 
How to go to Mitsui Outlet Park from KLIA or KLIA 2?

With close proximity to KLIA and KLIA 2, getting to Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang is easy. If the location is convenient, you may of course, opt to drive there but if you are catching a flight to/ from KLIA or KLIA 2, you may spare yourself a few hours and opt to take the free shuttle bus that chauffeurs you from the airport to the outlet mall. 

As for KLIA 2, simply head down to the Bus Terminal/ Car Park Bay at Ground Floor (Level 1/ Gate B9 or B10) and hop on to the bus. The bus departs at a frequency of 30 minutes, the exact schedule can be found here. They follow strictly to the schedule and will depart punctually so if you do not wish to miss the bus, be sure to wait for the bus at least 10 minutes ahead. The ride to Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang should take approximately 20 minutes. In case you are wondering, the bus is clean and comfortable, we actually enjoyed the ride very much.