Opened in 2012 by Chef Yuki Onishi, it was the first ever Japanese ramen shop to attain a Michelin star. It is also listed in Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017. Sounds impressive? That’s what we thought.
Although this Michelin-starred eatery is situated at the entrance of Pacific plaza, it is easy to miss this cozy establishment that only seats 18 people. As soon as you walk in, you can smell the fragrant scent of truffle wafting through the eatery.
Before you are seated, you are required to place your order at the kiosk located at the entrance of the restaurant. This made the process incredibly fuss-free. You would not have to worry about the waiter getting your orders mixed up here.
As for the wait, it has died down from the two hour queue when they first opened their Singapore outlet in 2016. It was only a 20 minutes wait, which was pretty decent considering the fact that we went on Christmas day.
I had the Ajitama Shoyu Soba while my friend decided on the Ajitama Shio Soba. Both dishes came with pork slices, flavoured egg, bamboo shoots, leeks and truffle. The only differences are the green olives pureed in truffle oil in the Ajitama Shio Soba and the soup base. The Shio Soba is made with a chicken-seafood broth, rock salt, red wine and rosemary while Tsuta’s signature Shoyu Soba, is made with dashi brewed from a combination of chicken, clams and three types of soy sauces. One of the three soy sauces is apparently custom-blended by an artisanal soy sauce producer in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture from soya beans that have been aged for two years.
The egg was done to perfection, soft and smooth with a runny yolk. For me that was the highlight of the meal. The noodles were pretty good too and it was not overcooked or underdone. While most people dislike noodles that are overdone, a pet peeve of mine is noodles that are too al dente.
I have to admit, adding truffle oil to the broth makes the ramen pretty unique. But it fell short of our expectations. Maybe we were too accustomed to rich tonkotsu broth, as pointed out by several reviewers, or maybe we had hyped it up too much in our minds. We both felt that we would enjoy it more if it was a little richer. My friend also mentioned that he did not particularly enjoy the olives in the Shio broth so I definitely recommend trying the Shoyu Soba or Miso Soba instead if you are not very adventurous.
Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?
Prices start from $15 for a bowl of ramen each and considering the fact that 80 percent of the ingredients are imported from Japan, we think that the price is rather decent. You are paying for premium quality ingredients and it is situated in the heart of Orchard afterall.
Would we go back again? Probably not anytime soon. Unless we have a sudden craving for ramen and we are too lazy to trek to another location after a shopping day out in Orchard. But we definitely recommend giving it a try at least once and you can tell all your friends that you have had a michelin-starred meal before!
9 Scotts Road, #01-01, 228210
Tel: (+65) 6734 4886
Opening Hours: 11am- 9.30pm daily
*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.
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