In any event, I brought the Hubs to the Orchard branch of Sanpoutei Ramen, after my outstanding dinner at its Holland Village outlet. I figure I'll act as a quality control of sorts...weed out the crap, and only bring his royal highness to the actually worthwhile ones.
I love Sanpoutei. The broths are rich but balanced, the toppings exceptional, and noodles delightfully springy. Located just outside Isetan Supermarket, this Orchard locale of Sanpoutei Ramen is small and cramped, but the kitchen churns out food speedily, so turnover is high. If you're averse to queuing (like us), eat at an off-peak time, there should be table availability then.
The chicken broth-based ramen are must-tries at Sanpoutei, and the non-spicy Rich Tori Miso ($17) topped with 2 slices of thick charred chashu, minced chicken, marinated soft-boiled egg, stewed cabbage, and bamboo shoot, hit the bullseye on the comfort button.
The much-touted Tsukemen ($16) was fantastic as well, blanched noodles sided by a dipping soup thick in sardine and bonito umami-ness. This can be watered down with plain wari soup, for slurping straight from the bowl.
I wasn't a fan of the Oden ($11.80), kelp soup spiked with a dollop of mustard and loaded with boiled egg, daikon, fish cakes, konjac, and mochi kinchaku. It wasn't awful, but as a matter of personal preference, I didn't like the combination of kelp and shoyu flavours.
350 Orchard Road #B1-04/05
Shaw House Lido
Tel: 6836 4644
Open daily from 11.30am to 11pm