I used to think that ramen was glorified MSG-laden instant noodles that was overpriced.
Then one of my friends raved enthusiastically about this ramen joint near my office, and I decided to try it out with CC, The Professor and Beeps one day during lunch. I've since been a ramen convert.
The restaurant occupies a tiny shop space with a maximum capacity of about 30 diners, and the decidedly small menu is limited to only 6 varieties of ramen. But it's little wonder why this ramen joint is so popular with the Shenton Way lunch crowd. This is a case whereby the restaurant really excels in the very few dishes it serves.
Today, both CC and I went for a quick bite at Men-Tei. I got my favourite, the Shio Ramen ($14), with an additional helping of sweet corn. The light clear broth is made with chicken and fish, so it's very delicate in flavour. The noodles aren't too soggy and they are cooked so they retain just that right amount of bite. I'm constantly amazed at how the Japanese are able to make such consistently semi-runny eggs (tamago) which are so delectable. The flavourful grilled pork (yakibuta), while decadently fatty, is worth every ounce of the heart-clogging fat.
CC got his usual, the Tonkotsu Ramen ($14), Men-Tei's signature ramen, with a pork bone soup base. The whitish colour of the soup is a result of pork backbone being simmered for hours on end until the bone emulsifies. For women who want more collagen, this is the ramen for you.
61 Robinson Road
#01-01 Robinson Centre
Tel: 6438 4140
Open Mondays to Fridays from 11am to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to 9.30pm for dinner (last order at 9pm)
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays