This home-styled restaurant adjoining Liang Court 's Meida Ya supermarket will surprise you with comforting, tasty pork bone soup ramen and crispy, juicy tonkatsu. One place that you definitely will not regret trying, Tampopo lives up to its ideal of authentic yet trendy Japanese food.
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391 Orchard Road, B2-33 Takashimaya Shopping Centre
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A different experience of Japanese food
When introduced to Tampopo, I had no idea what a black pig was - neither was I aware of the animals' existence. However, after trying out the black pig tsuke soba from Tampopo, I will never forget the wonderful and rich taste that left me craving for more. As a person who hardly dines in Japanese restaurants, dining at Tampopo has opened me to a wider variety of Japanese food, and not the usual ramen-sushi-udon-soba kind of menu.
Their raw shrimps are to die for. I could literally taste its freshness and the quality of food is so good. The soba was perfect and the black pig meat strips were delicious. And the best part? The food is affordable and tasty, with an excellent service to match. Will definitely visit more often!
Unique offerings, a stand out!
I have visited the outlets at both Ngee Ann City and Liang Court, and both offer consistent service and quality of food. I remember that the most famous dish here is the Black Pig Ramen, something that is rather unique and not found in many places elsewhere. However when I visited Tampopo, I decided to try their other offerings and their Original Kyushu Ramen and Tonkatsu Ramen are definitely my favourites. The soup broth is boiled to perfection, with the runny egg and the chashu complementing the springy noodles excellently. I have never had an unpleasant visit to Tampopo and it is a place I would certainly visit again and again.
How often do you get to see black pig meat being served at Japanese restaurants? Tampopo is one of the few in Singapore to serve black pig meat. What's the difference between pork from a black pig and pork from a normal pig? Meat from a black pig tends to be more succulent, juicy and taste smoother and sweeter. Definitely worth the premium price that comes with it. I had the Black Pig Shabu Ramen and I really enjoyed this dish from the chewy meat, al dente noodles and light broth which complemented the black pig slices really well. Priced at $13.90 for a bowl, it is reasonable for such a high quality meat.
My mother who was feeling under the weather, ordered crab porridge. You might be thinking, porridge from a Japanese restaurant? Yes, they do sell porridge and the crab porridge was great! The crab meat came in chunks and there were shimeiji mushrooms in it which helped to enhance the overall flavor of the porridge. at $14 for a bowl of porridge, it is not cheap and I would recommend the black pig ramen over the porridge as they are at the same price point. You cannot miss the black pig meat over here!!!! Do try to make reservations as Tampopo is a really popular choice for Japanese food lovers. Totally enjoyed my meal here and service was great!
Black pig craze
I've eaten at tampopo a couple of times. Every visit, there would be a queue as black pig ramen seems to be the upcoming craze in singapore. Black pig ramen and tonkatsu restuarants have been popping out in singapore just like garrett popcorns. So far i've tried their ramen and fried tonkatsu with egg. It's all pretty good with a strong taste of pork in their soup base. Their pricing is reasonable from $16-$22+ for a main course.
For those who don't like pork, u can try their desserts too. Their mixed fruit cake and milk pudding are fantastic! Although their main courses' portion is quite big, i still stuffed myself with desserts as the picture in their menu looked appetising. I spent about $25+ in total. I must say as the restaurant is busy, it tends to be a little nosiy so try to enjoy the food instead of chatting.
If you're there, you've got to order their black pig items, like their black pig katsu don. The typical katsu don is a chore to eat, dry and tough as if it were battered cardboard (well, this I find to be the case for many Japanese eateries in Singapore). But the black pig katsu don at Tampopo is moist and succulent and very satiating. I'd also recommend their sushi, especially their salmon sushi. I couldn't recall the name but the salmon was the half-cooked sort, the result of which is an extremely creamy, buttery texture. It was absolutely delicious and very smooth on the palate.
On the whole, everything's rather pricey but I'd say it's worth the occasional indulgence.
Above Average Ramen
I visted the Takashimaya branch on a saturday rainy afternoon to get a bowl of hot piping soupy ramen. The ambience is really simple, nothing fanciful, i guess the focus is on the food which was indeed delicious.
I ordered the black pork cheeks ramen and it was incredibly delicious. The pork cheeks were so tender and flavourful, different from the pork you eat at other ramen joints. It was more fleshier and fattier which i absolutely adore. The soup was also very strong in flavour and almost black in colur as i chose the 'black soup'. They had the white tonkatsu, and the red spicy, and the black one. It was also very interesting and i drank to the last drop
It is one of the above average ramen restaurants in Singapore, and being an avid ramen fan, i am defintely going to come back here again to try the red spicy tonkatsu ramen!
Yummy ramen at a reasonable price
Tampopo is the place to go if you're looking for the perfect black pig katsu or ramen noodles. My fave must-order here is the black pig shabu ramen with a thick and creamy broth and a tonkatsu-style fried black pork slices that is sliced thin and crispy. Their sushi is also definitely a grade above the more common sushi outlets island-wide. Don't forget to try out their premium tuna belly!
Value for money if you want something a bit more premium than your usual japanese chain outlet restaurant. Staff are efficient and polite. I would say the service is good coupled with reasonable pricing as compared to similar outlets. Food are served hot and delicious. I would highly recommend "Orange Jelly" as desert. Very refreshing and special.
Ramen cravings satisfied
Located at Liang Court, I would say that this outlet is rather out of the way. However, it was worth it because we didn't have to queue to enter. Also, because the restaurant wasn't too crowded, the dining experience was rather peaceful
Their signature Black Pig Shabu Ramen came in different versions. The Deluxe came with a larva egg and sweet corn, and there was another one with double meat portion. If you do not fancy sweet corn to be mixed with the ramen, you could request to have it served separately. Although the chili flakes sprinkled on the broth looked pretty menacing, the spiciness level is in fact very mild. In addition, you will expect the broth to be more creamy than that of the typical ramen you can find in Singapore. I felt that it was a refreshing change from the typical soy based ramen broth.
The highlight of the meal for me was the gyoza. Unlike most Japanese restaurants which only serve grilled gyozas, they also have deep-fried and steamed ones. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the steamed gyozas were. In fact, when dipped in vinegar, it reminded me of xiaolongbao with a Japanese accent. Thumbs up! We also added mini pork rice as a side dish. The serving was really small but it was fine since we intended to have it as a side dish. It also came with half a hard-boiled egg and sweet pork, sprinkled with seaweed strips.
All in all, it managed to satisfy my ramen cravings and I would definitely go back again.
Tampopo serves really good ramen and black pork as well. When I am feeling slightly richer, I would order a serving of good quality black pork to go with my ramen. It is pretty expensive for one serving of black pork cutlet. However, it is worth every penny. I cannot pamper myself so much so most of the time at Tampopo, I would order their ramen.
I have no favorite ramen as I like all of them. I have tried almost everything on the menu and none of them were disappointing. The soup base is tasty, thick and not too salty. The ramen is chewy and absorbs the flavors of the soup very well.
When I am feeling adventurous, I might try something else other than their ramen.
I like going to Tampopo with its specialty in pork that is of high-quality and imported. The restaurant in Takashimaya usually has long queues and the atmosphere is brisk and bustling. The technique of cooking the pork here is well grasped and brings out the flavour really well, giving it a nice juicy and tender texture. The portions are also really big and filling, and also nutritious, coming with side dishes like fruits.
I tried their signature black pig ramen and was suitably impressed. However, I found the stock rather salty (this is rather typical of japanese soups however) although very flavourful. The egg that accompanies it is also of the right consistency, unlike most ramen shops which have them hard-boiled. Instead, the yolk is slightly watery while the whites are hard boiled.