Keisuke Tokyo serves authentic Japanese ramen created by 'Ramen Revolutionist' Mr Keisuke Takeda. Keisuke Tokyo Ramen has been selected as one of top 3 ramen champion in Japan this year, 2011 again in TV Champion series. Enjoy one of the best of the best Ramen you can taste in Singapore.
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An authentic ramen experience
When you enter the Orchid Hotel branch of Keisuke Tonkotsu King it feels like you have been transported to a celebrity ramen shop in Tokyo. The queue outside is monstrous and the tiny shop is bursting with people. It is an authentic dining experience fitting of their authentic ramen straight from japan.
It is no surprise that the Tonkotsu King sells only Tonkotsu Ramen, but you do get to choose some minor ingredients and sauces. Nothing on the menu will distract you from the star of the show, the King of Tonkotsu.
While waiting for your remen to arrive, you can help yourself to free flow hard boiled eggs and bean sprout salad. I especially like the bean sprout salad, and will shamelessly finish the whole pot before my ramen even arrives.
If you're a ramen fan, you must never miss Keisuke Tonkotsu King. The branch at Orchid Hotel is much smaller than the one at Bugis, so the long queue can be easily spotted from afar. If I recall correctly, at any one point of time, the place can hold up to 20 people at best. It's a little tight but the ramen's taste compensates for the lack of space.
Though the menu is not extensive, each item is of good quality. The noodles are springy and the broth is flavorful, even though it is a little oily for my liking. The egg, which I believe is a huge deal for all ramen lovers, was perfectly done. To top it all off, the restaurant offers free flow hard boiled eggs and beansprouts for all patrons!
For something so widely raved about, the price is reasonable. You can expect to spend no more than $15 if you're ordering the ramen without any sides. Most places I know charge between $15-$20. Yes, the queue may be a deal breaker for some, but yummy things are always worth the wait.
Stepping into this little stall itself is already an amazing experience for me. It was really small and even cramped, I even got a very uncomfortable seat on my first visit but no I did not complain, maybe just a bit envious of other two people getting the four person seat.. There are also single seats at the counter, and the decorations the people and everything inside makes me feel like I've travelled to Japan for a meal. There are also Japanese staff and customers, which add to the ambience.
Taking up half of the already very small table, is a bowl of hard boiled eggs, a jar of bean sprouts, a box of tissue and utensils. Attention: the eggs and the bean sprouts are for free. Free flow. Like ah, egg heaven! I've never really liked bean sprouts but since I've tried theirs, I am now willing to try all bean sprouts everywhere, even though most of them still disappoint.
The order form is a really small and simple piece of paper, with only three flavours to choose from, the really traditional ones. Then you can tick the ramen of your choice, and the flavour of the soup base being strong, mild or normal. You can also request to have no spring onions, and other toppings you do not want.
While waiting, they give you sesame seeds on a small dish with a wooden pound for you to pound it yourself and it took me my second visit and endless staring at other customers to figure out how to pound it effectively.
Very quickly, within 5-10mins, your ramen is served. It is amazing. The soup is really rich and flavourful, and the ramen is so springy. The cha shu is also very easily chewed unlike those from other ramen stalls I've tried. And they also have more than just one big piece of ramen. Lastly, and most importantly, is the egg. THE EGG IS PERFECT.
All these perfection for just less than $15. I'm so in love with this place. They also have other branches of different themes like the new and getting very popular Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons at bugis, Keisuke Tori King and Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo. All highly recommended, I wish I can click that "Yes" below like five times.
Worth every single cent
When my friends dragged me to this place, the queue outside was so long but my friends insisted that the ramen here was worth every minute of our queuing, In the end we queued for half an hour before getting a table.
And indeed, the ramen was spectacular. The noodles were very thick and springy, the soup base thick and flavourful, and the egg was perfectly done. As an added bonus, each table gets a free flow of hard-boiled eggs, which egg lovers will probably like.
The whole place itself is very small and cramped, which means that there is always a queue forming outside the restaurant waiting for tables. Service here is extremely efficient, and with the queue of people staring at you from outside while you consume your oh-so-heavenly noodles, you find yourself gobbling up your food and leaving the place asap before you incur the wrath of the hungry people outside. We spent more time on queuing than eating, but the ramen is so heavenly that I will be willing to come back again and again to queue up for a bowl of this wonderful ramen again.
Thick and shiok
If you have heard about Keisuke Tori King, this branch is the "sister" of the ramen store. Tori King specializes in chicken-based ramen while Tonkotsu King specializes in pork-based ramen. This store is more popular than their chicken-based counterpart. I guess Singaporeans prefer their pork broth more than the chicken broth based ramen. This ramen place can get really crowded and I waited for about 30 minutes before I got a seat. I went to the new branch at Bugis Village and it was decorated so nicely!!! Pink sakura flowers and handpainted wall murals. As you walk deeper into the restaurant, the season would change as evident by their decoration. It is definitely not like any other Japanese ramen places I have been to. It is a totally different ambience from their Tori King branch. I am really impressed!!!
It operates similarly to Tori King. You get to choose your noodle doneness, richness of broth, oil level and they also provide seasoned beansprouts and free flow hard boiled eggs. At the Bugis Village outlet, in line with their Four Seasons theme, they have ramens called Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. After reading the descriptions, I ordered the Winter bowl. It came with a huge piece of ham, al dente noodles and super thick and flavorful broth. I really enjoyed it!! I was not as oily as Tori King and it was pleasing and satisfying. Priced at only $10.90 per bowl, it is also one of the more affordable ramens in Singapore. Low price point and quality ramen here, my friend. The ambience is also impressive and luxe. Highly recommended!
A tasteful experience, but a little overrated
After hearing my friend rave about the ramen at Keisuke Tonkotsu King Restaurant, I finally decided to have lunch with her there one weekday afternoon. "It's always really crowded, so we must go at an odd timing!" I remember my friend remarking, which had us going down at around 3pm.
Upon entering the restaurant, I was surprised to find almost all the tables taken, despite it being way past lunch hour. I'll have to admit that the relatively cramped space in the restaurant that had our chairs touching those of the diners behind us made me initially skeptical about the quality of our dining experience there (my friend defended that by claiming that it was the authentic setting of ramen stalls in Japan). Nonetheless, the efficiency of service and the food soon made up for it - within barely 10min of waiting, we were presented with a piping hot bowl of the restaurant's signature chashu ramen, coupled with a small bowl of bean sprouts, black sesame seeds to be self-ground (a first for me) and hard boiled eggs (which were offered free flow).
The ramen, I must say, was definitely very different from ramen I've tried at other Japanese restaurants - its texture was soft yet springy, and the egg yolk that came with the broth was exceptionally thick and flavourful. The broth itself, however, was a little too greasy for my liking, though it was extremely rich. I found the chashu rather ordinary and a little tough, though my friend couldn't stop talking about how amazing it was. Then again, perhaps I'm just not quite a chashu person.
All in all, I would say the ramen here is definitely worth coming for a try, though I personally do find it a little overrated. While prices are slightly higher than normal, at about $15-20 per person, the unique flavour of ramen here certainly makes it worth its value.
You will never regret going
Highly recommended by my friend so i decided to check out this restaurant. I was warned by my friend that there is always a long queue outside the tiny restaurant so i decided to go there early for my dinner. I was there at 5.30pm on a weekday. There was a small line forming outside the entrance. I waited for about 20 minutes.
They had a order form for you to fill in while waiting. You can customize the ramen to your liking. They even had the 'No Spring Onion' option there for you to choose from if you don't like spring onion.
The ramen arrived at our table about 5 minutes after we were seated which was great because I was famished. They had a small bowl of hard boiled eggs on the table for you to add into the ramen. I had the Black Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen Special (All Toppings) since the menu said it was their signature dish. I guess all toppings means seaweed, flavored egg and black fungus. The Black Spicy broth has black pepper, it wasn't too spicy. Rich broth, creamy-yolked egg, generous serving of meat and noodles with a good texture - everything you would want in a ramen bowl, this one has it. The egg they served in the ramen was different from the ones they had on the table; it was really good, well worth the money.
This is a really authentic Japanese ramen place. I highly recommend it, but I think most people know about it already. Would definitely return to try some of their other offerings.
They say, wherever there is a long queue, there will be good food. Well, they can't be more right.
Whenever I pass Tonkotsu King in Tanjong Pagar, there is always a long, long queue outside. It might be due to its high accessibility -- just a few minutes walk from the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. But I would say it's most probably because of the ramen that they serve Be prepared to queue for half an hour or so if you are intending to try their famous bowl of ramen! However, the good thing is that the staff would take your orders when you are queuing, so there's almost no waiting time for the meal after you have been ushered into the restaurant.
The restaurant is small and cramped, but it gives a cozy and homely feeling. I'd like to think that we were having a piping hot bowl of noodles in a ramen kiosk on the streets of Osaka...
I ordered their recommended dish, Ramen with all toppings (incl larva egg & japanese seaweed). I must say that the broth in its original flavour tastes really authentic. Unlike most ramen stalls, it is not too salty. More importantly, the flavour of the chashu (pork) is being fully brought out, making it the most delicious ramen broth I have ever tried. I also like the fact that we could grind the sesame ourselves and add it to the broth. There is also a basket of hard-boiled eggs on the table that you can eat without any extra charge. I think that their portion of ramen is quite small though. (You can add more noodles for an additional $2)
The staff are also efficient and polite. Definitely a plus point for the restaurant.
All in all, I would say that Tonkotsu is one of the best and most affordable places where you can have ramen in Singapore. Great for dinner with family and friends, that is, if you can afford to hold your hunger pangs and queue up. I will definitely go back again. OISHII DESU~! (slurps)