Tsuta Singapore – Michelin “Truffle” Ramen In Singapore, And I Will Be Honest Here About It
[Updated June 2017] Tsuta at Pacific Plaza is listed in Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017.
Tsuta 蔦 in Tokyo Japan is the world’s first and only Michelin-starred ramen eatery, has opened its first overseas outpost in Singapore.
Location is at Pacific Plaza near Orchard Road, where there used to be a Tower Records in the good old days. [Updated: Tsuta has opened also its 2nd outlet in Singapore at Tai Seng.]
This 18-seater Singapore outlet is said to use the same signature soy sauce and high quality ingredients as the Japanese flagship store.
While it is known as a “ramen” store, Tsuta would prefer to call its offerings, Soba.
Two basic ramen choices are available – the Shoyu Soba ($15.00) and Shio Soba ($15.00), inclusive of GST with no additional service charge.
The noodles are ordered via a vending machine, the typical Japanese way, but in a more modernized form with the option of NETS, credit card and cash.
One of its winning elements is the soy base, created from a special blend of shoyu that includes Chef Onishi’s inhouse formulated shoyu, and a custom-brewed shoyu made in Wakayama Prefecture.
The Shoyu Soba ($15.00 for basic bowl, $22.80 for addition of char siu and ajitama egg) appears to be the crowd favourite, featuring its distinct piquant black truffle sauce.
I liked the bite of the straight long thin noodles, made from a blend of several types of whole wheat and whole grains flours.
However, I will be honest here. When I eat a good bowl of ramen, my mood is lifted, eyes brighten up, and will likely text many friends to “Come try this!”
I wasn’t (and some of the guests I asked around) overwhelmed by the overall taste, perhaps due to loads of expectations and anticipation.
It was all right though.
Many commented that the soup was too salty, and might not suit the local palates. There is a possibility. (In fact, I am still feeling the saltiness in my tongue as I am typing this right now.)
Personally, I found the broth not hot enough to a satisfying degree, despite ordering a second bowl and eating straight away without taking any photos.
It was after I asked that I learnt that the soup was purposely cooked till slightly below boiling point, to best bring out the flavours of its ingredients.
Also, the ramen bowls themselves have been pre-heated, noting that the air-conditioned environment would bring down the temperature quickly. A good measure by the shop to ensure quality.
The rest of the ingredients, such as the char siu cooked with Canadian pork collar (chilled, not frozen), and ajitama egg, were executed well.
Between the two, most preferred the Shoyu Soba over the Shio Soba.
The Shio Soba ($15.00 for basic bowl, $22.80 for additional ingredients) comprises of a chicken-seafood blend, with additional of Okinawa sea salt and Mongolian rock salt.
This is overall lighter, more delicate in taste, and would suit those who prefer a not-so-heavy soup base.
Recommendations: Don’t take too long shooting your photos and eat straight away – they turn cold fast.
Singaporeans would be excited that we have a Michelin ramen right near our downsteps. The soba is worth a try due to its star status, but I am really not sure about queuing too long a time for this.
Pacific Plaza #01-01, 9 Scotts Road Singapore
Tel: +65 6734 4886
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta – Tai Seng
18 Tai Seng Street #01-01 Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm, Last Order 8:30pm
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