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Cafe&Meal MUJI

Restaurants, Japanese Orchard
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Cafe&Meal MUJI Paragon
Cafe&Meal MUJI
A sample 4 Deli meal set
Cafe&Meal MUJI
Sample desserts on display

The Japanese advocates for thoughtful living, MUJI, brings its Cafe&Meal concept to Singapore after feeding fans in Hong Kong, China, Japan and Taiwan. The woody space at Paragon is a chance to temporarily live life their way, sat with its clean-lined furniture while digging into the mix-and-match rice plates, desserts and cold drinks.

The standard meal set ($12.80) offers one hot and two cold deli options with rice (add $1 for ten-grain rice) from a selection of cooked meats and salads at the self-service counter while the 4 Deli set is priced at $16.90. Tea time options like the Honwakatou custard pudding, popular at their other outlets, also feature alongside their fair trade coffees and teas, and iced drinks. 


Venue name: Cafe&Meal MUJI
Address: #04-36/38 Paragon
290 Orchard Rd
Opening hours: Daily 11am-9.30pm
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Part of spending quality time with my mum includes going out to eat together. Since coming back over a week ago, we haven’t had a chance to spend an afternoon together and today was the perfect opportunity to do so. We both had errands to run in town and the eatery she wanted to try was conveniently located in town as well.

I’ve heard about the Japanese brand, Muji, having a café in Singapore but didn’t realise it had three outlets here! We opted for the branch at the Paragon Shopping Centre because it was nearest to where we were headed after and were surprised that there was already a considerable amount of people at the café. It was barely the start of the work lunch crowd but that didn’t stop the crowds from appearing throughout our meal.

I liked the concept of placing a ‘reserved’ card on a table prior to ordering so that a seat is guaranteed after getting food. My mum and I were lucky to have gotten a proper table and chair seating as opposed to the higher bar-like seating along the wall.

After browsing the menu, we both decided to go for the 3 Deli Set. This includes a choice of 1 Hot Dish2 Cold Dishes, and comes with a bowl of Rice OR Bread. For my order, I had the following:

  • Hot Dish: Saba Fish with Yuzu Soy Sauce – I thought this tasted lovely because the natural flavours of the saba fish are strong and enjoyable. The yuzu soy sauce seasoning was pleasant because it had a good combination of sour, sweet, and salty, and complemented the fish well. This serving came with a small piece of white radish (daikon), which was cooked perfectly – soft to the bite but with a firm exterior and a good natural flavour. I did find the portion size rather small though but the quality was definitely there!
  • Cold Dish #1: Smoked Salmon & Fennel Salad – This was dressed in a yuzu sauce, which I really enjoyed because it was very refreshing and blended well with the salmon. The acidity and sweetness brought out the flavours of the smoked salmon and made the entire salad very light. It also included segments of orange and large slices of fennel.
  • Cold Dish #2: Triple Nut Roasted Pumpkin & Capsicum Salad – I went for this because I noticed how popular it was with customers ordering before me and my mum. So much that the tray in the display had to be re-filled! I’m glad I did because it was another light and refreshing salad. The walnuts were caramelised, giving the salad a touch of sweetness to counter the acidity from the balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It also had pine nuts and what I thought was gingko nuts (not too sure though), a good amount of crunchy pumpkin pieces, but a dismal amount of capsicum. I literally had one piece of capsicum! The tray on display had a good amount of all ingredients, so I think a good mix would have allowed for a better serving.
  • 16 Grain Rice – For SGD$1, I switched my white rice to this option because I noticed other customers were doing so and wanted to see why this was popular. To be honest, the rice tasted exactly like white rice to me – definitely no difference in flavour and taste BUT it did look different. Some grains were slightly tinted purple and obviously there were different kinds of grains in the serving but I’m not sure I could identity sixteen.

Overall, I thought the atmosphere of the café was pretty average. I liked that it wasn’t very noisy – it was easy to speak to each other and I noticed many other tables in smooth conversation too. It was a quick meal too, despite having waiting in line for quite some time! There was only one man dishing food so the process of ordering took much longer than it should have. However, I do think it was worth the wait as the food was pretty good – the dishes were well crafted and the flavours were enjoyable.