07 Oct 2014 • 4 reviews • 12 followers
We felt a little peckish after a movie at Lido. Exploring the newly-refurbished Shaw Center Basement, we spotted a queue outside Sanpoutei Ramen. Many patrons were chattering away in Japanese. "If it's good enough for the Japanese community, it warrants a visit," we surmised quickly. Given the queue, we managed to secure a table in under 10 minutes. Stepping through the customary Noren curtains, we were greeted by the homey decor of bleached wood panels and tables. Piped-in jazz music gave it the aura of de rigueur Jap-sophistication. The menu featured a carefully-curated assortment of appetisers and ramen dishes. My beautiful wife played it safe and went for the traditional soyu ramen. The serving was generous with chewy noodles cooked to perfection. The broth was slow-cooked for 6 hours and contained the rght nunances and flavours to please the most discerning palates. Feeling adventurous, I ordered cold noodles that had to be dipped in a bowl of Niigata sardine stock. Boy oh boy... I had never tasted such a flavourful combination, not even in Japan. I would safely say the quality of these handmade noodles rivaled any establishment in Tokyo. Slurping every last drop of the superb sauce, the waiter instructed me to pour a clear soup (which came in an accompanying thermos flask) into the empty bowl. The piping-hot seafood stock was a satisfying end to the meal. The final surprise came at the cashier. The bill was remarkably reasonable for such high food quality. The next time you like some ramen after the movies, come sample Sanpoutei's all-star cast. Surely, Bread Talk Group deserves an Oscar for bringing this celebrity restaurant to Singapore.