391 Orchard Road, B2-33 Takashimaya Shopping Centre
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.
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!
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!
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.
On the whole, everything's rather pricey but I'd say it's worth the occasional indulgence.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.