Ramen Nagi: The Tomato King Ascends The Throne
Starting out as a humble hole-in-the-wall ramen house in Fukuoka, Ramen Nagi has since expanded to becoming a full fledged ramen chain with over 50 outlets across Japan and Asia. And in October last year, it finally opened its first Singaporean outlet at Suntec City.
Having been named Tokyo Ramen of the Year from 2011-2013 for three years running, one can be assured of the quality served at this establishment. It’s no surprise that chef-owner Chef Ikuta Satoshi operates based on the idea of innovation, honing his technique over the the hundreds and thousands of bowls he has skilfully whipped up over the years. Always aiming to delight and bring a new gastronomical experience to the table, Chef Ikuta has made a name for himself as the first restaurant in the world to serve a different type of ramen every day for all 365 days of the year.
Over the first few months of its inception in Singapore, Ramen Nagi has already been impressing foodies and media alike, garnering praise and sighs of satisfaction from their signature bowls such as the original award-winning Butao King, while other ingenious options include the garlic and squid based Black King and spicy garlic, chilli oil and cayenne pepper Red King. Each month, Ramen Nagi has also been serving up special ‘Limited King’ ramen, ranging from a black pepper Pepper King all the way to the Thai-inspired Tom Yum King. These limited edition ramen bowls are only served for a short period of time and in limited quantities.
For their latest limited edition flavour, they’ll be launching the Tomato King ($16.90++) on 2nd April. Using a tomato-flavoured version of their signature tokotsu pork broth, the noodles are topped with Nagi chashu, as well as a ball of minced pork with Italian seasoning. Of course, you can also expect to find plenty of cherry tomatoes within the broth as well.
Ramen Nagi’s broth is thick and rich in flavour, hitting you right in the taste buds from the very first spoonful. In fact, as we tried it, the broth almost felt closer in consistency to a sauce as opposed to a soup. As we mixed in the minced pork and put all the ingredients together for a single bite, we realised what it reminded us of – Spaghetti Bolognese. Combined with the hard noodles and strong tomato flavours, one could swear that this is basically a Japanese-accented version of the Italian staple, and impressed us with its unique, creative combination of East meets West sensibilities. One imagines this pairs well with fried food, and lo and behold, diners can add on a bowl of fried Chicken Karaage and a can of Ayataka Green Tea for $5.90++ to complete your meal (though we decided to add on a soft boiled egg instead).
Nestled in a corner of Suntec City, sheltered from the rain, Ramen Nagi provided the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and cheery dinner in the heart of the city, its bright lights and homely decorations reminding us of Japan. Comforting in its warmth and punchy in its aroma, Ramen Nagi’s new Tomato King filled us up with the simple pleasure of enjoying a nice bowl of ramen, and left us satisfied and ready to return for a repeat visit the next time we head down to town to review a show.
Where: Suntec City Tower 2, North Wing, #01-512/513, Singapore 038989
When: 11am – 3pm and 5pm – 10pm daily
Contact: +65 6821 1601/ Website