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If you were to simultaneously record the sound of all world’s bowls of ramen being slurped at any given moment, the cacophony would be – while politely appreciative – deafening. The humble noodle dish is, along with sushi, a preeminent Japanese culinary export export. But while it’s hugely popular, few realise the depth and complexity that ramen can represent. Ramen Gallery Takumen has set up shop in Boat Quay to rectify this, showcasing soupy noodle dishes sourced from six popular suppliers in Japan. One of two Takumen outlets in Singapore, the Circular Road restaurant is your choice if you’re near the river between Raffles Place and Clarke Quay.
Honda Shoten, Sakutaya, Chibakara, Ramen HAJIME, Bingiri, Do・Miso… if you don’t know these names, you don’t really know ramen, besides perhaps the fact that ramen is the famous Japanese noodle dish you tried that one time. If you do know these names, then you’re au fait with Japanese ramen, for sure, and you’re probably a regular at one of the two Ramen Gallery Takumen restaurants that have cropped up in SIngapore. This one, down Circular Road, keeps the Downtown Core in brothy goodness seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Keeping the menu down to just six specialty, secret-recipe ramen noodle soups is a stroke of genius. Ramen Gallery Takumen maintains close relations with their six suppliers back in Japan, sourcing boutique broths in order to whip up bowls of ramen that are each approved by the shop owners. Each type is distinctly flavoured, with each dish tailored to local ingredients – even the unique profile of Singapore’s water supply – to create the ultimate ramen. Located in a classic Boat Quay shophouse, you couldn’t ask for a more authentic ramen bar experience. Reservations are essential, and repeat reservations are rewarded thanks to Takumen’s policy of rotating their featured ramen suppliers.