Ramen Champion Hot
A restaurant where the top ramen chefs congregrate and pit their culinary skills against one another. Has an abundance of ramen choices.
Great World City #01-22,
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+ #04 - 10
(Near BUGIS MRT Station)
65 Airport Boulevard
#B2-58 Terminal 3
Singapore Changi Airport
(Near CHANGI AIRPORT MRT Station)
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 8 user(s)
Ramen champion indeed
My friends and I chanced upon Ramen Champion at Great World City one Friday night for dinner. To be honest, we have neither tried nor heard of Ramem Champion before and till today, I am ashamed of that. However, I am glad that we chose this restaurant as we were attracted to the concept of having different ramen "stalls" under one roof.
My 3 friends and I agreed to each other a bowl of ramen from different stalls so that we can try from more stalls. I ordered a tonkotsu char shu ramen priced at $14. My friends tried a spicy ramen and a garlic flavoured broth ramen. We ordered a plate of curry rice as well, just to try. The ramens were ALL fantastic and they tasted different, each with its own special flavours. It was so comforting and I really enjoyed it very much! The curry rice however, wasnt as mind blowing as the ramens but I guess we sort of expected it as the restaurant is named Ramen Champion for a reason. The bill came up to about $16 per person and I felt that it was very reasonable for a good bowl of unpretentious ramen.
Overall, I feel that the concept of Ramen Champion is very refreshing and brings the best of many worlds to the customers. I hope to see more of such concepts in our restaurants soon.
Stick to tonkotsu broths
I ate at Ramen Champion on two different occasions.
My first experience was with Ikkousha, a milky tonkotsu broth with thinly sliced chashu and seasoned egg. It was the closest thing to the best ramen I've ever eaten back when I visited Hakata.
On my second try, I ordered the Miyamoto ramen. The noodles were thick and fat, a bit like lor mee. There was a massive heap of beansprouts and cabbage to top it off. I liked the sweetness of the soup but the entire meal was way too filling. I also found the noodles too starchy and stiff. The cha shu was a tad salty but the taste was balanced out with a little sweetness. Still not my favourite experience and I wouldn't order it again.
Stick to the tonkotsu ramens!
The manager Vin (Great World City outlet) was incredibly patient and informative in telling us about the differences in the types of ramen. Props to his excellent service!
Authentic Japanese ramen taste
I swear by Ramen Champion. I’m not kidding here, it is honestly the best ramen champion of all the ramen I have tasted in Singapore. It’s so good, it’s crazy. I’ve tried Ajisen, Tonkichi, Ippudo but nothing compares to Ramen champion, at least so far. Actually, my first experience with Ramen Champion was the Bugis Branch, but lately I’ve been trying the Terminal 3 Branch and it never fails my expectation. Never. It does feel to be the most authentic Japanese ramen I’ve tasted so far.
My personal favorites would be the Gantetsu and the Ikkousha ramen, of all the other ramen stalls at Ramen champion. The serving of Gantetsu King Tonkotsu ramen and miso ramen is huge. The meat is just excellent and so is the broth. I guess there’s a reason why they call it ‘King Tonkotsu’! It’s amazing how generous they are in serving us customers! There are about 3-4 slice of large slices of pork (it’s really large!), add on with eggs and bamboo slices.
Ikkousha, on the other hand, I can’t emphasize more, but the noodles are just amazing. So is the broth, which is amazingly thick and just delicious! Honestly, I can’t help but keep going back to Ikkousha and Gantetsu, it is just so good. I know my entire review is filled with praises all over, but I genuinely feel their ramen is that good!
There are times where Ikkousha have promotions giving out free dumplings, and it just makes the dining experience all the more better! Good places are meant to be shared, so don’t miss out on this fine, fine place.
A Gathering Of Champions; Winner: The Customer
What makes a good ramen? The answer to this delicious question is varied, from the thickness of the noodle, to the type of broth, to the garnishings used. Ramen Champion attempt to answer this question, by scouring the regions of Japan, and gathering 13 individually outstanding chefs under the Ramen Champion umbrella, to battle it out with their signature ramen dishes.
Each of the 13 ramen brands are spread across all 3 of the Ramen Champion outlets in Bugis+, Great World City, and Changi Airport Terminal 3, and each outlet features some, but not all, of the 13 chefs ramen stalls. Ambience at each of the Ramen Champion outlets is similar, with dark wooden and teak colours scheme and furniture, and low lighting, with decor in traditional Japanese restaurant style.
Ramen Champion is self-service, where diners can choose which of the individual stalls to order from. Place your order, collect the buzzer, wait about 5 - 10 minutes, then collect your order when ready, payment only when leaving the premises; absolutely fuss free, and thus, no service charge! This competition for the title of Ramen Champion takes place throughout the year, with the stall selling the most bowls getting crowned Champion. Because Ramen Champion has outlets across the world, each country has a different Ramen Champion.
Each of the 13 ramen stalls hail from various regions in Japan, and usually offer the regional speciality, or inventive creations from the chef. Each stall features a menu that usually has 1 - 3 signature ramen dishes, along with several other side dishes and lesser items. The bewildering array of options at Ramen Champion means most diners usually gravitate towards the signature dishes from their favourite stalls.
In general, portions at Ramen Champion are usually quite generous and filling, with prices for an individual bowl of ramen costing an average of SGD $13 - $19. What I like about Ramen Champion is their use of premium, quality ingredients, which means you're assured a good bowl of ramen no matter which of the 13 chefs you choose.
The competition at Ramen Champion Singapore begins on 1st August each year, and runs all the way till 31st July the next year, when the results are tallied and the winner of is crowned. The competiton is currently into its 3rd year (01-Aug-2013 to 31-Jul-2014), having first commenced in 2001.
Who will emerge Champion?
So, who will emerge champion then?
It seems like a wonderful concept - various chefs serving their own interpretation of the Ramen dish in a hopeful attempt to woo customers. However, from the outside, it seems a little pathetic. While it was widely broad-caste in the papers when it first opened, I was disappointed to find the place empty. There was almost no queue - save for the couple in front of me - with the staff at the front looking bored.
The banner board at the front of the shop promoting the five chefs caught my attention. Not forgetting there was a slip prompting me to vote for the best ramen. While I was reading the write-ups of the chefs, I heard my dad whisper to me, "Don't bother, there are only about 2 good ramen chefs here, the others are incomparable." True enough, as I looked at the scoreboard, the two that he said were famous for their ramen had votes while the rest looked sadly desperate for votes with their empty vote cannisters. Even among the two chefs, the one that was more popular outshone the other chef by more than 5 times, in terms of votes.
Fortunately, the Ramen from both chefs were actually not too bad. Although if you don't have a liking for saltiness, I'd say avoid this place.
Ramen Rave !
I've tried Ippudo, Ramen Play, Men-ichi Kyoto Tonkotsu Ramen, Ajisen and many others, and I must say, Ramen Champion is the best ramen that I've had! It is truly a ramen haven here!
I usually go to the stall near the far end of the restaurant. It's quite easy to recognize because they're usually the stall that wins best ramen. They're soup is very well brewed, the flavors are balanced and the texture is smooth but not overly thick. The noodles are springy and very textural, pairing very well with a nice, milky-coloured broth. My favorite part of eating ramen is the salty egg that they give. Even their egg is cooked perfectly! Other restaurants serve their eggs with the yolk a little overcooked, but I find Ramen Champion reliable for their running, soft egg yolks. Their pork is tender, and cut in very nice pieces. They serve their ramen with seaweed, which gives the whole dish a nice mix of color and balance.
I'll definitely be back to try the other stalls, and you should too! It's worth your money because one bowl of ramen costs around $14-$16, and for their standard I think it's a delicious way to spend the pocket money you just saved over the week!
Amazing place for Ramen lovers!
Ramen Champion had quite an interesting ambience though not particularly fascinating. The entire restaurant is decked out in fine Japanese props with even a few bamboo poles flanking the corners. It portrayed a very traditional atmosphere, and definitely added a few points to my very enjoyable ramen date.
There are a few stalls you can choose from. All of them selling ramen of course, but the real deal is to sift out which is best. They are usually accompanied with roasted pork slices but variations of sweet corn, bamboo slices and more are available.
I had mine cooked with thin egg noodles while my friend had hers with udon. Both were surprisingly tasty and blended well with the creamy broth. The bowl was huge so we had generous portions of soup and noodles. I had an extremely pleasant time slurping up the delicious broth till the last drop! Certainly worth the amount paid for.
Who's the champion of them all? That's the question many customers might ask when deciding on which stall to patronise at a Ramen Champion restaurant. Faced with an assortment of choices, it is hard to make a choice. This one? Or that one ? Being the indecisive me, I required the help of my girlfriend to decide.
Haven been to ramen champion a few times, I must say they serve authentic top notch ramen. Although the waiting time might be a little longer than I'd expected, it was always worth the while. Among all the ramen I've tasted in Ramen Champion, none failed to impress me. The broth is always rich and ridiculously addictive.
First timers do take note that this is a self service restaurant; whereby you are given a 'credit card' to pay for your order whereby you have to whip out cash at the end.
I'd recommend the terminal 3 outlet though. Shorter queues and its quiet ambience makes it a nice relaxing place for couples to dine in.
Who needs Ajisen? Ramen Champion wins it for me.