Ippudo came highly recommended by my Japanese friends. But because of the long queues when it first opened its branch in S’pore, I avoided the place. Just the other day, I picked my son up from class for lunch; his school’s just opposite the Mandarin Gallery where Ippudo is located.
It was almost 2pm then, but the Japanese restaurant was still packed. Menu is simple, just a 2-page laminated piece of paper. One side’s ramen & the other, side dishes. It wasn’t difficult to choose as they’re only 3 types of Ramen: Shiromaru, Akamaru & Karaka. The ramen broth is divided by colors: Shiro (white) & Aka (red). The Karaka ramen is spicy.
Ippudo features skinny Hakata-style ramen, with prices starting from S$15. “So, how’s the ramen?” soliciting an answer from Jon. His answer was simple, “Mum, I’m not going to Ajisen anymore”. Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
*(Ajisen Ramen, with 400 chains worldwide, is considered a "lower class" ramen by Japanese standards.)
Here’s a glimpse of Ippudo & their famous Ramen. Enjoy!
#04-02 Mandarin Gallery
Tel: (65) 6235 2797