Ramen Play Hot
RamenPlay is a collaboration between Singapore’s BreadTalk Group Limited and Sanpou Co. Ltd, whose distinguished name in Japan is synonymous with quality ramen for almost 50 years. At RamenPlay, everyday is considered a "playday" as the restaurant constantly pushes the creative envelope to create new flavours and concepts to enhance customers' dining experience of enjoying traditional ramen.
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Good Quality Commercialised Ramen
Owned by the BreadTalk Group, RamenPlay specialises in ramen pork bone soup stock made with high quality imported ingredients, using an in-house recipe developed by their team of chefs from Niigata, Japan. RamenPlay styles itself as having a 'playful' concept, though I fail to see how this theme is incorporated.
Ambience at RamenPlay is modern contemporary. Decor is minimal, and colour themes of their outlets is black-and-white classic. RamenPlay staff uniforms add to the overall experience, as they are dressed in theme colours with suspenders. Layout is clean and orderly, but furniture comfort is just average.
Service at RamenPlay is quick and efficient, and also rather mechanical in nature. Dishes come out quickly, but style of service is similar to fast food... little interaction, quick, efficient, and a little souless. Decent enough for dining, but not particularly memorable or outstanding.
Food at RamenPlay, as the name suggests, is mostly focused on ramen noodle soups. While the noodles are pretty good, with a springy and bouncy texture and slight bite, the highlight is their rich soup base. RamenPlay has a good variety of soup options, such as miso, shoyu, tonkatsu and more, and the cuts of meat are quite high quality. This also means that an average meal at RamenPlay is quite pricey, expect to pay around SGD $20 plus per person.
The Sanpou Ramen features a trio of meats; Toroniku (braised pork cheek), Cha Shu (braised pork belly in char siew sauce) and Buta Kakuni (braised pork belly in special sauce). Soup is rich and flavourful, but not too overwhelmingly salty. Excellent!
Loved the Super Yuzu with alcohol option, the sweet citrus taste is refreshing on the palate, and is a great cooler.
Considered a speciality here, the Bamboo Chicken is minced pieces of chicken steamed on a bamboo piece, which imparts a natural fragrance to the dish. The egg on the side didn't add much though.
A must visit!
I absolutely adore/love RamenPlay! It is really, another Ajisen Ramen; only better. It is however, a few dollars above that of Ajisen Ramen. The Tonkotsu Ramen series (pork broth) is a definite must try.
The concept is pretty much the same as most stores; you write your orders on a piece of checklist and pass them to the waitresses (unlike Ramen Champion). I must note that, RamenPlay does take pride in their interior design and the image they portray – they have peculiar yet interesting interior designs in their various outlets; and the uniforms of the service crew is pretty cute!
The only difference in the concept would be at the start – the appetiser. They will provide you a jar of vegetables which you can mix with some other condiments such as chilli powder; probably to entertain you while you wait for your dishes to be served. The vegetables are just addictive!
I do not recommend buying the drinks, however. It is about the same price as other restaurants; approximately $5 for a cup of flavoured milkshake. However, the quantity is really very very disappointing; you can probably finish the drink in half the time as you would for regular-sized drinks.
All in all, RamenPlay is a must visit!
nothing extraordinary. But worth the try
Visited RamenPlay a few months ago and the reason why I wanted to try it out was because it’s the sister brand of BreadTalk. It came as a surprised to me that BreadTalk, a bakery, would come up with such a Japanese inspired restaurant! I didn’t have much expectation for RamenPlay. It’s true when people say the lower expectations you have, the less disappointment you get.
I ordered the curry katsu cutlet ramen as it looks pretty appetising on the picture. The cutlet is placed on top of a netted wire on top of the bowl. This is probably to prevent the cutlet from becoming soggy in the curry. I would say, this dish has nothing to rave nor to complain about. However, the curry base can afford to be slightly less salty!
The kitchen is open concept so you get to see the chef preparing the ingredients. From the outside, the restaurant looks clean and spacious. The host at the entrance is also very patient and pleasant, suggesting the recommended dishes to you.
Cheap and Delicious
Ramen Play is probably the favourite Ramen restaurant for students because of its student meal promotion! Currently they seem to be having a different range of items up for the promotion but when I ate there, they gave a choice of 4 different ramen, a side and a drink for only $11+. This is really reasonably priced compared to most ramen restaurants where you only get ramen alone for that price.
I had the Tonkotsu Ramen, size of 2 pieces of gyoza and a drink. The Ramen was delicious! Adding chilli powder/flakes depending on what they provide at that time adds even more spice to the taste. Unlike other places with cheap Ramen, Ramen play certainly does not short-change your taste buds. The food is really worth every cent paid for it and more!
One drawback is the student meal dishes come in a smaller size than the regular priced meals, but the amount was still just right for me. In fact, I would probably be unable to finish the large bowl of the regular priced meal!
Ramen Play is definitely a place I would return to for delicious Ramen together with my friends as we are all students with a budget!
tasty broth with bouncy light noodles!
Ramen Play might sound a little juvenile at first as compared to names like 'Ippudo' but don't be put off by the name just yet (I think they should remove the play word...), inside this little Ramen Play Room, hides a bowl of good gem waiting to be discovered by you.
There are a variety of soup bases to choose from and I went ahead with the Tonkotsu one, as always. I personally prefer Tonkotsu bases to Shoyu (soya sauce) or Miso (fermented bean paste). The reason being that the past few times I've tried Shoyu or Miso, it was a tad too salty and lacked the "sweetness" that the Tonkotsu base provides. So onto the broth, it was excellent. I loved every drop of it. Bursting with flavor, it makes your taste buds scream for more. Coupled with the al-dente ramen noodles with tasted great and bouncy, it's really perfection for a ramen lover like me. My favorite would still be Ippudo, no doubt about that, but for the price you are paying here, the quality is really unquestionable! It comes close as a #2 after Ippudo's #1 spot in my heart. Meat is generally soft and tasty and well-cooked while eggs are perfectly cooked. Nothing much to criticize about this place! Do visit it if you are looking for some tasty affordable ramen.
tasty ramen that's value for money
I've been to Ramen Play a couple of times and visited a few different branches. All my meals there have been consistently good and it keeps me going back for more. I'm a self-professed ramen fan and i've tried quite a few ramen places in Singapore and I would say that the Ramen at Ramen Play is almost as good as the Ramen that i've had at Marutama, Tampopo or Ippudo,
I've tried the shoyu and miso based ramen at ramen play, and they are both really fragrant and tasty, albeit quite salty. The tonkotsu soup base is also not as thick as the soup base at Marutama or ippudo, However, the noodles and nice and springy and the egg is nicely done, with solid egg white but with egg yolk oozing out with every bite. The charsiew is soft but nothing to rave about.
There is a wide variety of ramen to choose from and a meal at ramen play would not burn a hole in your pocket. expect to pay about 15dollars for a meal. A must try at ramen play is the bamboo chicken. It comes with raw egg for dipping, but i suggest skipping the dip.
The restaurant gets quite crowded at dinnertime so do go early. A good thing is that for all of the times that i went, service was prompt and the ramen came quite quickly. Portions at Ramen Play are also quite huge.
The decor and the ambience at Ramen Play restaurants are quite ordinary, not a good place to go for a romantic date, but more of a place to go with friends after work or school.
This ramen restaurant wins :)
My experience dining in Ramen Play might be a 'blessing in disguise'. I first tried having a bowl delicious ramen in this restaurant which is located at Resort World Sentosa. It was lunch time and I could not really find anywhere to dine in as the restaurants were all crowded with the diners. Only then, I happened to see that the queue in Ramen Play was quite short so I decided to have my lunch there and it turned out to be a great dining experience.
I ordered one of the ramen set with an additional plate of chicken on bamboo stick. The ramen is springy, the soup is tasty and the whole combination just melts in your mouth. Decent amount of meat accompanying the ramen and I felt that the ramen set that I had was worth the price I paid.
Apart from the ramen, I also had the chicken on bamboo stick. The staff who attended to me was very friendly and reached me how to eat the chicken ; which is then supposed to be dipped into the egg. However, I still prefer not dipping it into the egg because the taste of the egg might just be too overwhelming for me.
So, in overall, I would recommend Ramen Play to the ramen lovers. This restaurant is definitely not to be missed.
The BEST ramen chain in SG by leaps and bounds
I have dined at several ramen chains in SIngapore and i must say that Ramen Play is simply the best. In terms of quality and variety, its ramen dishes easily outclass the rest.
The trick lies in the soup. At Ramen Play the soup is rich, fresh and filled with a burst of wonderful flavours. It is simply a league above that of other ramen places where plenty of additives are used to create an artificial tasting soup base which really ruins the dish.
Another thing about Ramen Play is that their relatively higher prices is justified with generous servings of delicious, high quality ingredients. My personal favourite dish is the Tonkotsu Ramen, served in a mikly soup base with three types of meats: Toroniku (braised pork cheek), Cha Shu (braised pork belly in char siew sauce) and Buta Kakuni (braised pork belly in special sauce). The combination is further accentuated with the inclusion of Bamboo shoots, seaweed and of course the most perfectly cooked molten/lava egg which is firm and cooked on the outside but when split open, reveals a wonderful, rich medium-cooked yolk. It really is an art to perfect this specific dish and I think Ramen Play has certainly come close to that.
I think Ramen Play wll struggle if one were to compare it to a top notch Ramen restaurant. But when put in the context of ramen chains, i think the brand easily comes up on top. If you havent tried it yet, it's about time you did!!