So many new ramen shops in Singapore, some are jumping on the ramen bandwagon, but how many can really make it. I now get a little skeptical when the shops say are “best…”, “most number of…”, “winner of…”, as the recent new shops have been less than satisfactory. (Read: 5 New & Best Ramen Places in Singapore)
The latest to come to Singapore, Ramen Kagetsu Arashi which is established in 1992 has just opened shop at The Star Vista. It is one of the largest ramen chains in Japan with more than 260 outlets worldwide. (Read: The Star Vista’s Complete Food & Restaurant Guide )
Ramen Kagetsu Arashi’s signature is the Arashi Genkotsu Ramen ($12.90), with a tonkotsu broth simmered with hours with pork marrow, body, fat and collagen. If you get ‘garlic’s breath’ after drinking, it’s because lots of garlic is added on its base.
Some online reviews have said that service was bad. Actually, I found the service staff (a PRC girl) to be rather friendly and knowledgeable about the products… but, food arrival was too slow.
We would have expected ramen shops to be fast and swift, and the group of us waited at least 20 to 30 minutes for a bowl of ramen, and the shop was only half-full then. (I have to apologize to my entire group of friends because I chose this restaurant and the whole lot of us were late for practice because the ramen took too long to come!)
I also had the Arashi Toripaitan Ramen ($13.90) which had chicken broth but pork char siew. Comments on the ramen were divided. Some thought it was okay, and better than the one downstairs. (Cough cough, Menya Musashi.) The noodles were clearly overcooked and soggy, though broth wise I could live with the thickness and garlic-ness.
One major minus point was the egg. I asked for the ajitsuke tamago soft-boiled egg, but the waitress said it could not be done unless I ordered the eggs ala-carte (???), as it was “impossible to divide the soft-boiled egg into halves”. So I landed up with the very hard-boiled version.
Overall, Ramen Kagetsu Arashi will make do if I have a major ramen craving, but don’t come if you are rushing for time.
Ramen Kagetsu Arashi
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-41, Buona Vista, Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT) Tel: +65 63390335
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm (Sun-Thurs), 11:30am – 11:00pm (Fri-Sat)
Other Ramen Entries
Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons (Bugis Village)
Daruma Ramen House (TripleOne Somerset)
Menya Sanji (Orchid Hotel, Tanjong Pagar)
Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen (Novena Square 2)
Keishoken Ramen (Great World City)