Bigiya Ramen, which was listed as within the Michelin Tokyo Bib Gourmand in both the 2015 and 2016 guides, has quietly made its entrance in Singapore at Ramen Gallery Takumen – ラーメンギャラリー 宅麺 Boat Quay. (Read: 12 New Ramen Places In Singapore)
While the Michelin Bib Gourmand lists ‘non-starred’ restaurants, these are still restaurants offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices”.
If you have yet to try Ramen Gallery Takumen, the concept is rather interesting, serving 6 different Japanese ramen brands in a single shop on a half-yearly rotational basis. (Read: Takumen at Circular Road)
Established in 2010, Takumen started as an online ramen store in Japan. At “宅麺.com (Takumen.com)”, delivering ramen to customers’ homes, with over 100 varieties to choose from.
Bigiya (the original store at 2-4-9 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo) is known for its tasty rich soup cooked with fish and chicken, and special noodles containing whole wheat flour.
The highlight in the taste of citron within the soup, with the secret sauce “airlifted from Japan”.
Three different ramen types are offered: The Bijiya Yuzu Fragrance White Soy Sauce Ramen ($15.90); an option with a flavoured egg (additional $2); and special version ($19.40) with extra two types of charsiew and bamboo shoot.
Its broth looked light and unassuming, but sips would reveal that citrusy (yuzu?) depth which would refreshingly grow on you. A compelling soup different from the typical bases.
The noodles is made with whole wheat flour – soft and healthy-tasting, rather similar to soba.
I have yet to try the original Japan version, and so am not the best person to judge.
In a hot summer weather, having a light yuzu soup base can be invigorating, but the bowl somehow lacked something, maybe the soup wasn’t hot-hot enough, maybe the noodles were moderately soggy.
Bigiya Ramen at Ramen Gallery Takumen
66 Circular Road #01-01 Singapore 049420
Tel: +65 6536 4875
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs),
11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 12am (Fri),
11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Sat – Sun)