Keisuke Tokyo has always been on my radar ever since i read about it in the newspaper sometime ago.
My family loves ramen. Whenever i say, ramen for dinner, the boys’ (be it small or big) eyes would lit up immediately. There was a prolong period of time when ramen was our weekly staple. Darcy and i have tried out almost all the much raved about ramen eateries you could think of. But till today, after all that adventures, we are still loyal to 2 ramen places + 1 more now!
Keisuke Tokyo opens in Singapore in April 2010 and it is the first oversea venture. Keisuke Tokyo first launched in Tokyo, Japan in 2005 and has since expanded to 8 outlets in Japan.
Mr Keisuke Takeda, founder of Keisuke Tokyo has been selected as the top ramen chef within his group in TV TOKYO’s Ramen Champion series 10! After a challenging month of intense ramen competition, the people of Japan have spoken – Takeda has succeeded and will proceed to the final stage as one of the TOP 3 chefs challenging for the coveted Ramen Champion title.
As for the restaurant’s interior and ambiance, i’ll let the photos do the talking ;)
Having been operating in Singapore for close to a year now, Keisuke Tokyo launches their latest ordering scheme – Ramen customisation for their customers. This is in response to the diversity of meal preferences amongst Singaporeans. Customers can now enjoy ramen made to their liking and have the option of excluding certain ingredients such as pork chashu or leek.
For drinks, our lovely and ever so attentive server recommended us Calpis with Soda ($3.30) to start our meal.
It was love at first sip! – very unique and refreshing. We were told that it was actually a yogurt drink. Never had we dared to imagine it to be yogurt drink honestly.
We took some time to mull over on the ramen we wanted to order.
Too many variety!
Moreover, with the customized ramen form, everything seemed a little exciting.
While waiting for our ramen, 2 jars arrived – Preserved bean sprouts and freshly chopped onions.
Preserved bean sprout is really very appetizing. Spicy, sourish, salty… i would have eaten plates of this had bestie not stopped me. :P
Not too long after, our Gyoza ($3.00) arrived.
Bestie (J) loved the gyoza quite a bit. In her own words, they are juicy and very tasty, nothing like the ones i make at home! Tee hee hee! I, on the other hand, was more amused by the vinegar used. It was colourless and not the usual black! Also, a dash of chili oil was added into the vinegar instead of julienned ginger.
J’s ramen : Premium Tonkatsu Ramen ($14.80)
For this particular ramen, cheese is added as one of the toppings as you can see above, which explains the unusual and interesting but nevertheless delicious tasting soup.
Of course, if you are not keen on having cheese in your ramen, there are plenty of other Tonkotsu ramen with pork broth to choose from.
My ramen : Watarikani Ramen Ajitami-iri — crab stock ramen with flavoured egg ($15.80)
I love my bowl of ramen very much!
The crab broth was excellent! Think thick, rich and flavourful… I simply can’t find fault with the broth no matter what. If anything, i suspected prawns were added in as well. But then, i could be wrong. Anyway, who cares…. so long the broth is good. ;)
And the noodle, aaahhh.. the noodle, i have to say, it’s totally my kind of noodle. The thickness, the texture, the doneness … perfecto!
Do pardon the ramen photos though. As we requested for just half portion of the noodle, the toppings, chashu and the noodle seemed to be swimming merrily in the soup. Not exactly very photogenic, i’d say.
left : my slightly thick egg noodle right : J’s white noodle
I’m quite particular when it comes to chashu. Paper thin chashu doesn’t rock my boat that much. Thankfully, the chashu at Keisuke wasn’t paper thin at all. But it was not too thick either (*PHEW*). Most importantly, the chashu was soft and tender, unlike some thick and rubbery chashu at some ramen eateries.
One thing i don’t dig gotta be the flavoured egg. The yolk was not running at all! I was quite disappointed to be honest.
To share : Mentaiko Gohan – cod roe on rice ($5.00)
Hmmm.. after all that delicious food, i must say, Mentaiko Gohan was pretty mediocre. It was just rice, egg, spicy cod roe and shredded seaweed, basically, nothing to shout about really. But then, if i don’t feel like having ramen on that particular day when my eating buddy does, this bowl of rice would be what i will order! It’s always good to have a bit of variety in menu, especially for couples (read : Darcy and I) who sometimes can’t quite reach an agreement when it comes to food.
Matcha and Kurogoma Ice Cream ($5.00)
To be more exact, green tea and black sesame ice cream!
Well, creamy with strong flavours, what’s there not to love? :)
Conclusion : Keisuke Tokyo, you now have 2 additional fans! I’m bringing my whole gang over this weekend!
9 Raffles Boulevard,
#P03-02 Millenia Walk,
Call for reservation : 6337 7919
Website : http://www.grandcuisine.jp/keisuke_sg/
Opening Hours :
|Mon – Wed:||11:30 am||-||3:30 pm|
|5:30 pm||-||10:30 pm|
|Thurs:||11:30 am||-||3:30 pm|
|5:30 pm||-||10:00 pm|
|Fri:||11:30 am||-||3:30 pm|
|5:30 pm||-||10:30 pm|
|Sat – Sun:||11:00 am||-||10:00 pm|
Special thanks to Ken Yashiro from WonderAsia Pte Lte and Keisuke Tokyo for the wonderful dinner.
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