Menya Takeichi lauded as Tokyo’s top chicken ramen, has opened at Suntec City’s Eat At Seven.
The ramen shop has consistently been ranked in the “Best 10 in Chicken Paitan Broth Ramen” category in Supleks Ramen Database, the largest ramen-related website in Japan.
There are also long queues outside the outlets in Japan after TV Asahi did a feature.
Okay lah, almost every ramen shop out there says that they are some kind of a champion and has taken part in some television challenge.
So I am not sure why they would claim as “Number 1” *cough cough* but anyway…
The restaurant’s signature recipe is the Chicken Paitan Ramen, containing collagen-rich broth by simmering fresh chicken and chicken feet for hours, leading it to become the best-selling dish that has led the brand to open 40 stores in Japan in just four years.
A friend calls this the Bijin Nabe – ramen version. I would agree it did taste something like that.
Four basic chicken ramen, and three types of tsukemen (shoyu, shio, spicy) are available.
The best sellers are the original Special Ramen ($15.50) and Special Rich Shoyu Ramen ($16.50), followed by a Special Rich Shio Ramen ($16.50), and Special Rich Spicy Ramen ($17.50). Note: The bowls are all named “special”.
Oh, oh, oh… the cloudy, white, velvety smooth soup base is indeed commendable, as though every spoonful is an extraction of the best parts of the chicken (fats).
The taste is not overly salty and abounding with savoury goodness.
Also, the bowl contained tender chicken slices and bouncy handmade chicken balls.
Now, if only the soup was hotter in temperature, it would be the absolute chicken ramen to look out for in Singapore.
If the collagen-rich soup is too thick for you, there is a flask of clear soup made of bonito flakes which you could add. I am used to thick ramen broths in Japan, and I didn’t see the need to add more within.
Other side dishes include Gyoza (S$6.00 for 5 pieces), Chicken Tempura Rice ($8.00) and Grilled Prawn with Anchovy Creamy Sauce (S$8).
Some people may get lost finding Menya Takeichi. It is located at Level 3, opposite the gym, a short walk from the escalators near Kushinbo, at Eat At Seven right next to Maguro Donya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining.
Yes, if you love those creamy, collagen-rich (beauty alert) chicken broth with long, thin, chewy noodles, you should enjoy Menya Takeichi. I will be back.
3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-313 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983 (City Hall, Promenade MRT)
Tel: +65 6235 3386
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm (last order 2.30pm); 5.30pm – 10.30pm (last order 10pm)