Takumen, a ramen shop in Circular Road, is a bit different from other ramen shops. It does not have its own ramen, but instead curates signature creations from six brands in Japan.
So you can have a very different taste depending on what you order.
My favourite is the Lekei Ramen ($16.90 for regular) from Sakutaya, which is created by chef Naoaki Sakuta, an alumnus of the famous Rokkakuya shop in Yokohama. The unusual oval-shaped noodles come in a thick tonkotsu broth made with chicken and pork bones. What makes it even more alluring is the chicken oil added to the noodles before serving.
Spinach is also part of the dish, which is quite unusual. It is a good idea though, as the greens not only add fibre but also go well with the rich broth.
If you want something light, try the Tori Paitan Ramen ($14.90 for regular) from Hajime in Osaka. The clear chicken broth is less oily and rich, but has a sweetness that I like.
Where: Takumen, 66 Circular Road, 01-01
MRT: Raffles Place
When: 11.30am - 3pm daily, 5.30 - 10pm (Mon - Thu), 5.30pm - midnight (Fri & Sat), 5.30 - 11pm (Sun)
Tel: 6536-4875 (no reservations)
This article was first published on Jan 2, 2015.
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