Japanese ramen by a fellow Singaporean? When I learned that Kanshoku Ramen is a ramen joint that was started by a pair of good friends, it had been on my radar to try out how a locally created ramen concept compares with something imported from the Land of the Rising Sun. A recent visit to Orchard Gateway along Orchard Road provided an opportunity.
Kanshoku Ramen Bar takes up a prominent space on the ground floor of Orchard Gateway, next to the Four Fingers shop. They also have a restaurant in Metropolis and another Ramen Bar in Ion Orchard. It was lunchtime on a weekday and the place was almost full. They must be doing something right.
The Kanshoku Ramen menu is a simple one – a few types of ramen, optional extra toppings and some side dishes. The service staff were very good. Very prompt and smiley. I asked for a recommendation and she suggested the Signature Kanshoku Ramen ($13.90). It was a good sign that she did not push for the pricier types of ramen. She also proposed I try the gyoza ($6.50). Extracting an assurance from her that it won’t be too much food, I accepted both her recommendations.
It took quite a while for the food to be prepared – about 20 minutes or so. As the tables were quite close together, I no choice but to listen in to the conversation by my neighbours about the chances of getting PR and the pains of frequent business travel. The people watching provided some relief from the unwanted entertainment.
Finally, the food arrived. The ramen was served in a neat inverse cone-shaped bowl. I find it hard to describe ramen as there are too many things going on at the same time. The broth was a creamy and medium bodied. Not as strong and heavily flavoured as some others, but at least it was not porky. The ramen had a good texture. There was a nice resistance to the bite and very slightly chewy. To be honest if nobody told me about the background of Kanshoku Ramen, I would have believed it if they said they were a Japanese ramen restaurant with a 30 year history from a certain prefecture of Japan. In reality Kanshoku started in 2014. That’s a commendable achievement.
The plate of pork gyoza was indeed not very big. But not small either. The taste was very good. there was quite a bit of vegetables (chives, I think) mixed up within the pork. The skin was slightly charred and toasty. Very good. I had no problem eating them up singlehandedly.
Overall, I was impressed with the food at Kanshoku Ramen. The ramen was not the best we have tried but better than many others. The winner was the gyoza. If only it was a tad less oily, it would have been perfect.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
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277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway #01-06, Singapore 238858
+65 6384 4770
Daily 11.00AM – 10:00PM