Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Keisuke Tokyo - Tonkotsu Ramen Special @ Suntec City Mall [Singapore]

The initial plan was to have ramen at Tonkotsu King Four Seasons - initial because its location at Bugis Village proved to be a great deterrent for some of us until someone suggested trying its new branch at the less crowded Suntec City Mall.

For those who have never heard of Keisuke, it hailed from Japan (obviously) and had quite a few branches in Singapore. The key difference is that no one branch has the same menu! 

To be honest, i didn't know what this branch (known as Keisuke Tokyo) was famous for but from the menu, it appeared that the photo for the crab stock ramen was given the biggest space; hence, it was deduced that this must be the signature dish.

However, i vaguely remember having a prawn stock ramen before at Parco Marina Bay (Millenia Walk) and wasn't too impressed. What i didn't realise then was that i had crab ramen too and the branch at Parco Marina Bay has since closed down and moved to Suntec City Mall! 

Thank god i didn't feel extremely adventurous that day and opted instead for the normal Tonkotsu Ramen Special. Shall talk about it shortly. 

Green Tea Cola
First item to touch on would be the green tea cola which could only be found in Keisuke! Shaped like a classic beer bottle, this IS a must-order simply because of its novelty. 

Taste was definitely cola with a subtle yet fragrant green tea essence that translated psychologically into a 'healthier' drink in my mind! Anyway, you may check out the nutrition information as above. Someone told me that cola was originally green in colour - wrong info!!! Read the original statement from Coca Cola here.

Deep Fried Minced Pork & Chicken Cutlet
Despite the long name, it was no more than a deep fried meat ball. Frankly, we were wondering how to divide it up among the eight of us. Guess cutting it up would be the easiest! 

Fortunately, we didn't use much force as the rich, brown sauce oozed out like lava! The last we wanted was to have brown sauce all over our tees! I took a small bite and found the sauce to be savoury even though i had a deeper impression of the crispy bread crumbs!

Ramen Gratin
Never had a ramen gratin before and i personally preferred this over the crispy ball before this. The feeling i got would be similar to having a portion of pasta entirely covered in cheese! Delicious! 

Tonkotsu Ramen Special
You have a choice to the taste of soup (light, normal, strong etc), the amount of oil and even the texture of the noodles with normal being the authentic Japan style. I selected normal for all three options! 

My chashu was too tough for my liking even though the flavour was quite agreeable. I had to give my compliment to the flavoured egg; i have never quite understood how diners could be obsessed with the eggs in ramen restaurants but this took the cake for its intense soy-sauced flavour that had seeped thoroughly into the egg. 

Loved the noodles for its optimal thickness and al-dente texture! The broth burst with flavour although i had to admit it could be a tad too oily and overly porky for some of you out there.

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Location
3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-391/392, 
Suntec City Mall

Contact Number
6337-7919

Order List (Non Comprehensive)
As above

Website and Menu

Prices
Green Tea Cola - S$3.80
Deep Fried Minced Pork & Chicken Cutlet - S$9.00
Ramen Gratin - S$8.00
Tonkotsu Ramen Special - S$16.90
[Subject Service Charge & Prevailing Tax]

Additional Information
Plain water served at no additional cost and you may help yourself to the seasoned beansprouts on your table! 

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