Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Chabuton Ramen Singapore in 313 Somerset

I love it when friends come to visit and even more when they would take the time out to drop me a message and to spend a good meal with me and Paul! Really, I know how crazy a tourist's schedule can be so I really do try my best to make the most of the time set aside for me. I really do feel the love, dear friends. You guys know who you are. ♥

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So, when my high school seat mate and good friend J flew in to Singapore for her business trip, I made it a point to do a good research on where to take her out for dinner. I'm glad that J is also such a foodie like Paul and I so she was pretty much game to go anywhere. It was perfect timing also that she came just around the time that Chabuton Ramen opened its first branch at 313 Somerset and the buzz about it went around for months! Singapore is indeed abundant when it comes to ramen places but every time one opens, expect to see a long queue outside without fail. It just goes to show how much we love our bowls of ramen just as much as we can't get over our plates of Hainanese Chicken Rice and Char Kuey Teow.

Chabuton Ramen is the brainchild of Michelin-starred Chef Yasuji Morizumi who was hailed as the "King of Ramen" in Tokyo, Japan. Wow! Reading this short description about Chabuton and its founder was enough to pull my expectation way way way up there.

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When it comes to ramen though, I normally like to play it safe and simple. My choice for that evening was the Chabuton Tonkotsu Ramen (S$8.30 / S$11.90). It was one of their best-sellers and it had a creamy and salty broth which I wasn't so fond of. However, the chasiu pork was very tender and the noodles had a good bite. I also enjoyed the bamboo shoots and leeks that came with my bowl of noodles which gave it a more interesting flavor. The only thing I didn't like was the broth which I think the chef went a bit trigger-happy with the salt that I ended up just eating the noodles and pork while leaving half of the soup broth behind.

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Despite that, I'm happy with the Ika Karaage (S$5) that I got for sharing. It's a straight-forward calamares dish and while it didn't match very well with our ramen, we enjoyed munching on it while waiting for our ramen to be served.

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J tried the Chabuton Kara Kara Ramen (S$12.90) and requested to have the spicy minced pork and buta kakuni to be served at the side. It looked like she enjoyed her ramen more than I did. If only I can take spicy ramen then I'd probably have this next time. The Buta Kakuni looked so tender too! If you like tender pork then make sure to ask for this in addition to your bowl of ramen.

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Paul tried the Chabuton Shio Ramen (S$8.30 / S$11.90) which was pretty good for him too that he happily enjoyed this noodles till the very last drop. Check out his bowl above! That was what I was only able to take a photo of. Oops!

To be really honest, I think I've had better ramen at other places here in the Lion City. Nothing still beats my one true love. It was good to try Chabuton Ramen though and it's a good lunch option should you find yourself shopping at 313 Somerset one day.

Chabuton Ramen is located at B2-01 of 313 Somerset, Orchard Road, Singapore. Call them at 6636-8335. Closest MRT station: Somerset (Red Line)

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