Good news. Tsuta has its 2nd outlet in Singapore, and its choice of location is quite unexpected.
At 18 Tai Seng.
Friends at Tai Seng (and surrounding Paya Lebar and Hougang), are you screaming with delight? Finally, you cannot say Tai Seng is an area where “birds don’t lay eggs”.
The location of Tsuta is at Level 1 of the new mall 18 Tai Seng, a short walk away from Tai Seng MRT.
Other prominent F&B you can expect there include Liao Fan Hawker Chan – famous for its Michelin-starred Hong Kong starred soya chicken rice and noodles, dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan, Harry’s Bar + Dining, and a couple of the usual names found everywhere else. LOL.
While it is known as a “ramen” store, Tsuta would prefer to call its offerings, Soba.
Two basic noodle choices are available – the Shoyu Soba ($15.00) and Miso Soba ($16.00), inclusive of GST with no additional service charge. Top ups of Ajitama egg and char siu are available.
The other Shio Soba ($15.00) which can be found at Pacific Plaza is not available at Tai Seng (yet), as they would like some form of differentiation between the two Singapore stores.
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.
Reviews so far have been mixed, and one of the harshest I read was YouTubers @nightowlcinematics giving it a 0/5 rating, saying it was ”one of the worst ramen I ever eaten”. Ouch!
I personally find this a respectable bowl, has a ‘clean’ delicate soup broth with subtle notes of truffle, matched with straight long thin noodles with a good bite.
Perhaps diners were expecting more due to the Michelin-honours and hype surrounding the brand.
Exclusive to this Tai Seng outlet is a Miso Soba ($16.00). After addition of Char Siu and Ajitama Egg, the cost will be $23.80.
When I took the first mouthful, I thought the soup base reminded me of Ramen Miharu’s during the good old days, with its cloudy Miso base and addition of corn.
The soba’s miso sauce is made with hatcho miso, imported from Tokushima Prefecture. Porcini mushroom oil, bean sprouts and watercress are also added to accentuate the miso flavour.
Between the two signature bowls, I preferred the noodle texture of the Shoyu bowl. The Miso Soba uses a yellowish, flat and broad type of noodles.
I would recommend tasting the soup unadulterated first, before mixing in the dollop of hot chilli paste which would add another dimension to the base.
Again, I thought this was a good bowl of ramen, though lacked in the ‘wow’ factor for a deeper impression.
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta – Tai Seng
18 Tai Seng Street #01-01 Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm, Last Order 8:30pm
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta – Scotts
Pacific Plaza #01-01, 9 Scotts Road Singapore
Tel: +65 6734 4886
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm