A need for a speedy lunch led us to eat at Japanese Express in Pacific Mall. This is not so much a real restaurant as just one of the many food shops open in the food court area on the second floor of the famed Asian super mall.
This review will be short since it was more of a purchase and sit down to eat kind of place instead of an actual restaurant. I would not recommend ordering the ramen noodles at all from this place. After ordering it from the girl at the cashier, I waited for up to 10 minutes to get my order which felt like a ridiculously long time for take-out food. The worst part was that I witnessed that the chefs in the open kitchen simply open packets of Shin Ramyun and cooking the noodles. Um, if I eat out, I really do not expect to be eating packets of instant ramen that I can buy in the supermarket. I felt really ripped off since a packet of Shin ramen is sold for about a dollar. I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything more from a take-out eatery, but the fact that I saw the “chefs” open a packet of instant noodles in front of my face made me feel that I could have just rushed home instead to make it myself. The other sucky part was that it didn’t even taste good. Even though it was advertised as chicken ramen, the number of chicken pieces in the actual bowel was laughable. The “kalbi beef” ramen wasn’t any better either; the beef pieces were extremely rough and tough to chew through. The meager pieces vegetables floating in the soup didn’t taste fresh and the egg was overcooked.
The only good part was the California roll which came at an extra $2 if you ordered a bowl of ramen. The roll actually tasted good!
So, if you are stuck at Pacific Mall and need a quick fix of food, I wouldn’t recommend this eatery unless you are ordering their sushi rolls.