Pacific Plaza has now been transformed into a corridor of famous eateries with the likes of Kam's Roast, Tim Ho Wan and Tsuta Ramen. Brought in by a fellow bandmate from ACS.
On our off day, we decided to venture and queue for this acclaimed Ramen. We got there at 11:30am and it was an estimated hour's wait. The queue signs are fairly accurate. The place sits approximately 15 pax. It was a nice touch to serve mini bottles of water to customers in the queue.
Once in, you'll place your orders via a prepay machine outside and wait for your seat. There are basically two choices, based on the broth base. The salt base "Shio", or the Soya sauce base "Shoyu". Sadly you did not have a choice on the firmness of the Soba like most Ramen stalls. The noodles did come slightly overdone.
Both variants has truffle oil added. Once you enter the restaurant you'd definitely smell it. Initially I thought it'd be an interesting twist to a very traditional Japanese dish. But I'd come to appreciate tradition, the best Ramen I've tried were natural and balanced. Tsuta's Ramen be it the Shio or Shoyu with the Truffle Oil is simply overpowering. The Shio after the first 3 sips, what was interesting became too much. It was too salty and the truffle oil did not help. Thankfully some bits of Red Onions help keep some sharpness into this dish.
The Ajitsuke @ Ramen Egg was done perfectly, firm on the outside and medium done on the inside. What was lacking though was flavour. To me the absolute highlight of this dish was the char siew. It seems so dry and tough when they took it out to slice. But in fact it was very juicy and tender in the bowl.
It certainly was an experience but I would not queue an hour nor return for this.
Ajitsuke Shio Ramen ($21)
Ajitsuke Shoyu Ramen ($21)
Pacific Plaza, Orchard Road
Opening Hours: 11am to 9:30pm daily