I keep getting the question, “Where is the best ramen in Singapore?” or at least “Which is your favourite?” and it would be a toss-up of a few names. (Read: 111 Ramen Shops In Singapore – The Utltimate Ramen Guide)
Ramen King Keisuke after striking gold with Tonkotsu King at Orchid Hotel continues to be one of my top few choices for ramen, though that particular branch has been wavering in standards of recent.
Chef Keisuke Takeda has moved his wings to the east, with the opening of Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Matsuri at Parkway. (Not to be confused with Ramen Matsuri at Boat Quay)
I had a quick check with some fellow foodies before I went, and feedback was along the lines of “not his best, but good enough”, and “probably the best ramen you can get in this part of Singapore”.
Matsuri denotes “festivity” in Japan and an Amori-style Nebuta lantern-float centrepiece adorned near the entrance of the restaurant. Very atmospheric, along with a soundtrack of Japanese traditional drumming, and staff hitting a drum every time a customer left.
What I appreciate about the Keisuke brand is every branch is distinctly different, and you cannot get the same signature item at another outlet. An example is Tori King which is true to its name.
Matsuri’s specialty Tonkotsu Ramen Awaodori ($13.90, $2 extra for flavoured egg) paired tonkotsu ramen with pork sukiyaki, resulting in a thick luscious bowl of broth complimenting tastes of a salty under-toned pork bone broth and sweetish sukiyaki.
Pleasant and not overpowering.
It may be strange for me to say this, but the Nebuta Ramen ($13.90) of mixed pork broth with Japanese dried fish stock was not ‘fishy’ enough.
I kind of enjoyed the intensity of rich fish-based broths in Japan, and Chef Keisuke might have gone milder of his infusion of Japanese Iwashi sardines to suit the local taste buds. My personal take.
Is it psychological? Even the beansprouts tasted better at Tanjong Pagar.
So I do agree. Not his best, but good enough. Matsuri is probably the best ramen you can get in this part of Singapore.
Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Matsuri 豚骨王 祭
80 Marine Parade Road #B1-18A Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269
Tel: +65 6440 5548
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 10pm