Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke
Keisuke Takeda, the celebrity chef who has opened numerous Japanese eateries here in Singapore, strikes once again with Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke at Holland Village, a hybrid duck ramen store (the first of its kind).
It’s located on the 2nd floor and whilst climbing up the stairs, you sort of feel like you’re being transported to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto with numerous red vertical pillars guiding your accent.
Free beansprouts and hard boil eggs? Are they appealing to the Kiasu Singaporean in me? If so, it worked. I only had a little bit though.
There are six ramen offerings: Rich Duck Broth, Clear Duck Broth, Miso Duck Broth, Spicy Miso Duck Broth, Tsukemen (Dipping Noodles) and Maze Soba (Dry Ramen). If you’re more a rice person, there are several Duck Donburi options to choose from too.
We ordered a Clear Duck Broth Ramen, a Spicy Miso Duck Broth Ramen and a Kamo Wasabi Gohan (Marinated Wasabi Duck Rice). One thing is clear throughout all three dishes: The DUCK is Ducking Good! It’s tender, fatty and perhaps just a wee bit gamey but that’s okay! Suddenly all the duck rice stores in Singapore pale in comparison after eating this Irish Hybrid Duck.
(Spicy Miso) Hybrid Duck Ramen Special, $21.50
Comes with a flavored egg, meatballs and a large piece of seaweed. I’ll be completely honest. I did not like the ramen at all. The broth was too rich and thick to the point that I could not finish my meal (not to mention being extremely salty) I found myself picking the duck meat slices and ensuring I ate every piece though.
(Clear Broth) Hybrid Duck Ramen Special, $19.50
Likewise for this, even though it was a clear broth, it was hard to go down. Quite the disappointment.
Kamo Wasabi Gohan, $8.90
Now this was the saving grace of the day. It may be a small bowl but there’s generous portions of that amazing duck so that you’ll always get some duck with every spoonful of rice. Also, who knew wasabi and duck could go so well together? Keisuke Takeda did. Hats off to you sir!
Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?
The ramen. No. The rice? Definitely. They should have a duck only option. Probably a super sinful meal offering but SO WORTH IT! Oh but the rice bowls are really small so perhaps you might want to try their Kamo Ju ($29.90), basically a duck bento. I’m going to try it on my next visit.
Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke @ Holland Village
16 Lor Mambong Singapore 277677
Tel: 6463 4344
*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (Ouch!) unless otherwise stated
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