Keep coming back for the flavourful broth that the ramen is soaked in. Many ramen places have broth that is too salty—which makes you feel a little sick after more than a few mouthfuls as it is too rich. Ippudo's broth finds the perfect balance and I happily finish every last drop. The only downside is the crowds at this outlet. Expect to wait in line if you go down at meal times!
For full review with pictures, visit http://the-food-hold.blogspot.sg/2013/08/ippudo.html
Their Akamaru ramen is a MUST TRY! Comes with rich tonkotsu broth, which taste is further enriched with the miso paste and fragrant black garlic oil. SO HEAVENLY! :D
Another MUST TRY is the Gyoza! Thin crisp skin with succulent and well marinated fillings. Even better if you dip it into the vinegar and chilli oil!
Ambience wise, quite alright. Because there's always alot of people, there's a pressure to finish food fast and leave fast. Customers are also seated quite close together due to the limited shop area yet overflowing customers.
Oh ramen. It's readily available in supermarkets as packaged instant noodles and sold in most Japanese restaurants, but the really good ramen noodels are springy, have a good texture, and are certainly hard to find.
But we found one, or rather two, places where you can find really awesome ramen noodles. Ippudo is one of our top choices for this quick and tasty treat.
Quick history on Ippudo: The eatery has a long tradition, having started way back in 1985 in Japan before branching out to New York. They opened up in Singapore in 2009 at Mandarin Gallery. The great success of Ippudo at Mandarin prompted the owners to open a second shop at UE Square at Robertson Quay.
Offering an elegant and posh setting for authentic Japanese dishes and delicious ramens, we highly recommend trying the latter, hence, the theme of this post. ‘But which location is best’, you say? Well, each restaurant has its merits, so we'll break it down for you.
The newer of the two branches tends to be a more chilled-out place. It has a great outdoor bar seating arrangement, and the service is friendly and relaxed. The wooden red-and-black layout has a true Japanese feel to... Read on at http://urbanjourney.com/food-and-drink/ippudo-ramen-singapore-569
Last night was the second time visiting here.
I arrived at 650pm and had to wait for about 10minutes to be seated. Lucky the queue was short.
A long snake of queue started forming after 710pm.
So do go early to get seats and avoid long waiting time.
We were really impressed with the pork buns!
Definitely a must try.
The "red ramen" never goes wrong.
My partner enjoyed his spicy ramen very much.
You will enjoy it if you're really love chili and your meals spicy.
One of the best ramen places in Singapore!
I have been to many places, mostly in Japan, to sample various ramen-yas. I like my ramen the way the Japanese do: authentic and flavourful, not localised. That said, I've been to Ippudo Singapore 4 times, and I never have I left the establishment feeling satisfied - a thing that rarely happens in Japan.
The hakata-style ramen itself does not exactly disappoint. In fact, it's exactly the way I expected it to be. Very straight, very simple, and uh...very poor value for money? The tonkotsu soup is lighter than I would have liked it, perhaps in comparison to Nantsuttei over here or the famous Kyushu Jangara in Tokyo. The rosu pork is decent, and the noodles are cooked perfectly. It is hard to fault them based on preference. The problems only emerge when you start making comparisons.
First of all, it's safe to the point of being incredibly boring. There's no wow factor in it, no deep or poignant flavours; nothing that really stands out given their reputation or prices. Next, the ginger doesn't go too well with the thin broth, although this is a very minor point. Third, and most importantly, the portions make you feel as though you are in a budget joint. The amount of kikurage (black-ear fungus) is miserable. And it's not exactly a very pricely ingredient. The amount of cabbage is also miserable to the point of non-existence. The portion of noodles you get is also miserable, ostensibly because they want you to order more later on so it doesn't get soft, but to do so will cost you another $2.
This is so unfair it feels as if they're out to cheat you. If they serve me an under-portioned helping under the premise of keeping the noodles al-dente, then obviously the second portion should come free. I'm not a big eater, and even entry-level chains like ajisen keep me full and happy, but Ippudo feels more like a snack than a meal unless you go for kaedama.
Their calpis soda is also incredibly expensive, because their glasses are slightly smaller than average and filled with ice. That goes for $3. Extra chasu? I think it goes for $4, although I could be wrong. Worst of all, their extra chasu is served cold and is of a different variety than the one in the bowl. Gyoza? I think it's $6. Everything here is exorbitant when you factor in the taxes.
So get a load of this - for a bowl of shiromaru kaedama and a glass of calpis, I'm forking out $23.50. That's my point, gentlemen. I've had the equivalent in Japan for about S$15 or less.
Try it once to get the feel of it, but don't return.