Ajisen Ramen Hot
There is something peculiar about Ajisen Ramen and it's all in the soup. Our Ramen's Tonkotsu soup can help to prevent aging! The Japanese Society of Nutrition & Food Science announced in a general meeting, “The intake of collagen contained in the bones and cartilage, etc prevents aging.” Collagen is a protein, mainly found in the skin, tendon, bone, cartilage and other connective tissues. This protein is the essence of life because it easily makes up one third of the 60 trillion body cells. And our Tonkotsu soup has lots of collagen! What is health without taste? A feature of Kumamoto Ramen is Senmiyu; a rich brown sauce that accompanies the fair Tonkotsu soup. Our unique culinary methods ensure that all the flavors are sealed into the sauce. In fact, we guarantee that your taste-buds will be bowled over by our Tonkotsu/Senmiyu combination! Let's stay young the tasty way! Ajisen Ramen!
Takashimaya Department Store
Junction 8 Shopping Centre
Changi Airport Terminal 3
Tiong Bahru Plaza
FEAST @ Jurong Point Shopping Centre
Sembawang Shopping Centre
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Bad service but good food
The service at the IMM branch, which I ate at, was pretty terrible. When my friend and I were waiting at the entrance of the restaurant, it took them quite long to take notice of us and have us be seated. It was also difficult to get their attention when trying to order and the waiter taking our order seemed a little impatient when taking our order. Even making payment at the counter took a long time, and we basically left with a slightly frustrated feeling.
The taste of the food is good however, and the price is also acceptable for ramen as it is comparable to other ramen restaurants. I like Ajisen Ramen’s Tom Yum Ramen as Tom Yum is my favourite soup base and the taste of it is up to standard here. They also have a wide range of sides to choose from and one of my favourites include the fried tofu. The soft shell crab was also quite tasty.
Overall the standard of the food is good but the only down point is the service. Perhaps it is better at other branches as I have only tried the IMM branch, I did not have a very enjoyable experience.
Popular for its soup
I would say Ajisen Ramen has always been popular for its tasty soup base regardless of which item on the menu you order. Just the other day I visited Ajisen Ramen for dinner and ordered it's Pork Rib Ramen... But I was greatly disappointed.
Tasty soup? More like soup full of preservatives, MSG and whatnots. And a lot of salt, for sure. The pork ribs were horrible as well. I ended up only eating one piece of it because it was too hard and too tough to bite through, and I didn't wanna dirty my hands by using my hands to eat a bowl of noodles - simply because no one does that! And to think this was one of the featured items on the menu. It was an absolutely disappointing experience.
The 1.5 stars were given for the side dish though. I ordered the white fish and it far exceeded my expectations, especially after I'd eaten the horrible Pork Ribs Ramen. But will I frequent this place just because of the white fish? Obviously not. I'm not a frequent customer of Ajisen Ramen, and I doubt I will ever be after this terrible experience. And in case you're wondering, no, the service wasn't particularly good as well...
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I'm an Ajisen Ramen Fen
People look at me weird whenever I declare to be craving for Ajisen Ramen, murmuring things like how they serve the worst ramen in the country. Maybe I haven’t tried enough ramen places to cast judgement, but right now, I’m perfectly contented with what Ajisen has to offer.
I love Ajisen for its delicious soup, and it is mainly the taste of the soup I crave whenever I visit this place. Ajisen’s Tonkotsu soup isn’t too salty, and tastes great with the generous portion of ramen noodles and thick slabs of Cha Shu given for the Cha Shu Ramen. I usually sprinkle a liberal amount of chilli powder into my soup to tailor the amount of spice I wanted, since the Spicy Cha Shu Ramen was far too spicy for my liking.
With their set meal, you’d get to enjoy a side dish as well as a glass of Ice Lemon Tea, which are worth your money. Do get their steamed gyoza - provided they aren’t out of stock as they frequently are!
Shadow of its former self
One word: Overrated.
There are many ramen options in Singapore, particularly today, and that list keeps on growing. Ajisen wouldn't even make it into the list of the top 20 ramen joints in Singapore and I can say that with convinction even without having dined at 20 separate ramen joints in Singapore.
Those that I HAVE dined at merely brought up the contrast between their ramen and that of Ajisen's. While ramen joints have learnt that ajitama (i.e. the egg with the gooey yellow centre) is essential to any ramen, Ajisen continues to serve up hard boiled eggs where the yolk makes you feel like you're going to throw up. Ajisen also ceased the provision of garlic to complement their noodles, a huge minus for a garlic fan like myself. Among others, their soup has gotten saltier, their ingredients dropping in quality, and their service staff far more inattentive.
One of my particular peeves is that (at least for the Tampines outlet) they love to place 'reserved' signs on seats that aren't actually reserved. I would get that you would do that in peak periods to save the big seats for large crowds, but even at 3pm or 9pm where your shop is practically deserted? I fail to see the reasoning in that.
The clincher: Ajisen's prices are similar to, if not even more expensive than the other ramen joints. I have tried their cha-shu ramen, seafood ramen, ton-toro ramen (which by the way, shot up in price from $12 to $13 and last I checked, a whopping $18), but none of them taste quite as good as ramen from any other ramen shop I've eaten at. I can only remember swearing off eating Ajisen at my last visit when the taste of their seafood ramen disappointed me so much I literally felt sad.
All in all: lacklustre and complacent. They have grown reliant on crowds turning to Ajisen Ramen for a quick bite when they have no idea where to eat. This is no longer the case. If you have a craving for ramen, spend your money somewhere else. Chances are if there is an Ajisen outlet there, there will probably be some other ramen outlet present as well.
This was the outlet where I had my first ramen many years ago. At that time,
I ordered the volcano ramen with my school friends and it tasted great.
With this memorable experience, I had dinner a few weeks ago at the newly opened outlet at Bedok Point.
There's few customers since it's still early for dinner on a weekday. There was no service crew in sight and the cook inside had to wave to me to find my own seat. Later, a rookie waitress came and showed me how to use the IPad to place order. It was pretty easy and fast once you're familiar with the system. I ordered the scallop ramen set with fried shishamo and hot green tea. While waiting for my food, a few more customers came in and the newly hired waitress and the outlet manager appeared to take orders.
The ramen and scallops tasted OK but the soup was bland and a little salty. As for the 3 pieces of shishamo, they are big and fried just nice though I preferred the grilled ones eaten
at the Japanese food fair.
Overall, the food was acceptable for the price paid but service was below par. I may visit
again for another bowl of ramen and try some other side dishes.
Affordable and convenient
Ajisen Ramen has been in my memory for as long as I can remember. It's always a to-go whenever my friends crave for ramen because of its convenience and affordable price. They have lunch menus where you can get a bowl of ramen with a side and a drink for around ten bucks, which is a steal considering that they are quite generous with their portions. However I've observed that their ramen's rather oily, even the not-so-health-conscious me will raise an eyebrow at the sight of it. I'm not too sure if you want to have it on a regular basis.
My usual order would be the seafood ramen as I'm not very good with spices (I hear you chili lovers, I'm missing out on life) which is actually pretty decent though it isn't exactly like WOW, and that also happens to be my overall impression of Ajisen Ramen at the moment. Go to Ajisen Ramen whenever your random ramen craving strikes, it's great for the price that you're paying and its easily accessible at a lot of the heartland malls.
Recently they have also changed their ordering system by providing an iPad at every table which sets them apart when it come to convenience. You can now take your own sweet time to discuss over trivial matters like whether you should order ice lemon tea or coke without the waiter or waitress standing awkwardly by your table and in a matter of a few minutes you'll get your order already taken just by a few clicks on on the iPad. Yay to technology!
Every time I walk past Ajisen Ramen, the place is always quite empty. I don't know what made me go try their Ramen.
And how I regret doing so.
The ramen was normal, just like the type in instant noodles. Even then, I prefer instant noodles to this! The slices of chashu, Charsiew, were thick and tough. The meat was simply too hard to bite through. The pork soup base, the supposedly rich and flavourful soup, was much too salty for my liking. The only saving grace were the side dishes.
The fried cuttlefish was nothing to boast about, just plain cuttlefish coated with a crispy batter and fried till golden brown. However, the shishamo was excellent. If you have never eaten this before, I strongly recommend you to try it. For a lover of fish roe, this fish blew me away. At least 70% of the fish was roe. Deep frying it brought out the delicate taste of the fish as well as the unique taste of the roe. This is indeed very good!
On the other hand, as you can easily buy the shishamo fish from the markets, Ajisen Ramen is not worth going to. If you have a craving, buying instant noodles from the provision shop will make a better meal than this expensive restaurant. One extra point to note, the portions are rather big, so you might want to share a bowl of ramen with a friend.
In conclusion, the bowl of ramen is not worth your money and calories.
Average ramen for average prices
Ajisen is probably one of the more affordable ramen places around, where you can get average ramen for average prices. The standard of the food here isn't that fantastic, but it's pretty decent considering its affordable prices.
The most addictive part of the ramen is probably the soup. It's so thick and flavourful that I can't help but drink most of it. However, it tends to be on the salty side and is probably really unhealthy. I like the crayfish ramen, because the combination of soup, ramen and crayfish is an explosion of flavours on your palate. A healthier dish I order sometimes is the seafood ramen, where the broth tends to be lighter and less salty.
Other than ramen, some of the dishes are worth mentioning too. I always order the gyoza whenever I visit ajisen. The gyoza skin is well-fried, and the meat inside is still juicy and flavourful. The fried prawns are quite decent too. However, the baby octopus tasted weird on the few times that I ordered it. All in all, Ajisen offers decent ramen which is okay to eat occasionally, but I wouldn't specially go back just to eat their food.
Good but definitely not the best
At most Ajisen Ramen outlets, the atmosphere often turns me away because I feel cramped and also hot. I suppose it's trying to imitate the air of those small ramen stalls scattered around Japan, but for such a large restaurant, it's quite off-putting. Their ramen tastes good, but the soup often leaves you begging for a gulp of water. It's heavily seasoned and basically pushes you to get the set meal which comes with a drink. The meat is delicious but rather hard to chew.
The food served is always in large portions which makes it very filling, though I suggest not eating too much beforehand so you're still able to stomach the gyoza. The gyoza there is pretty good, not the best one I've tasted, but I think a trip to Ajisen Ramen without trying the gyoza is a trip wasted.
I tried Ajisen Ramen with some expectations since I have heard people talking about it and it’s always quite crowded and I have to say that I’m disappointed. I ordered Tonkatsu Ramen and usually what is important for that is the soup base. But, for some reason, the soup was bland. There’s barely any taste.
The noodles and char siew are just okay, nothing too special, but bland soup just makes it a disappointment. The one that I visited was very crowded, and the tables were too close, and it wasn't very comfortable. It was hard to get in and out and noisy. Honestly, I prefer Ramenplay to Ajisen Ramen in terms of the food. That was my first time there, and possibly my last time.
Bad food and bad ambience
Being a big fan of Japanese food, i usually have high expectations for any Japanese restaurant, which unfortunately Ajisen Ramen cannot meet. The quality of the food is pretty bad. The portions are far too big and I have difficulties finishing it every time I'm there.
I ordered the Tonkotsu Ramen with pork and it was way too salty for my liking. I ended up having to throw away half of the bowl. The meat was too tough and swallowing it was basically made a chore. The noodles were slightly undercooked and I'm pretty sure even I can do a better job with a packet of instant ramen.
I am not a big fan of the ambience either, the lighting is too dark making it seem like a rather dull place. Not to mention the fact that the tables seemed so cramped up and it makes me feel a little claustrophobic. Which made things a whole lot worse.
My ramen place to fall back on!
I have many fond memories of dining in this particular restaurant. In fact, I have been eating at this place for almost 8 years. This is probably because it's near my schools, and my friends love it as well.
I've been eating the same 2 ramen flavours for the past 8 years, and will probably continue doing so. My favourites are the Crayfish ramen and the Tom Yam ramen.
The crayfish ramen is either a hit or miss with the crayfish itself. If you are lucky, the crayfish will be fresh and the meat will easily tear from the shell, if you are not, good luck. But so far, I'm about 8/10 times lucky. The reason why this is my favourite is because they cook the crayfish in some kind of sweet/sour/spicy egg sauce, and combined into the soup, it is that awesome.
I eat the Tom Yam ramen now and then, depending on my cravings. It is saltier than the Crayfish ramen and not spicy enough but I still like it.
I love that they serve so many sides as well, it's really quite value for money because a set meal is incredibly filling. My favourite is the white fish, which is normally fried to golden perfection.
Ajisen really is a hit or miss place, you either like it, or you don't. It is definitely not a healthy choice for me, as I patronise them to indulge myself and satisfy my salty cravings. :P