When asked to identify a homegrown food brand, I guess the pork floss bun's founder would be one of the top choices. Who would have knew that a new age bakery will grow into such a huge establishment! Bringing in more foreign brands over the years, Breadtalk definitely widened our experiences with the franchising of Ding Tai Feng and Carls Junior. And now they ventured into Japanese grounds with RamenPlay!
The outlet at 313@Somerset was quite empty during the weekday dinner period (not like the other dining places were full either), so we decided to give it a shot! With a bright and wood-coloured theme, service was attentive and speedy as the lady pleasantly took my orders even though I forgot that I was supposed to fill the order slip myself.
Ice Lemon Tea
Girlfriend and I took the Dinner Value Combo which included a choice of ramen, sides and drink. Nothing much on the lemon tea as it was just your usual concentrated syrup type.
Mini Tonkotsu Ramen ($11.80 with set), Mini Sanpou Shoyu Ramen ($13.80 with set)
To be honest, I wasn't expecting too much of the tonkotsu soup after being pampered by the likes of Santouka and Nantsutei, but I was visually surprised by its creamy colour when served, further confirmed with a sip. Though not as rich, the version here was nonetheless tasty and slurp-worthy! Served with a thin slice of tender charsiew and not-so-impressive egg, it was good to have a change of Hokkaido yellow noodles after my continuous encounters with Kyushu white.
Now I made a mistake for my order, as I thought that it will be tonkotsu base as well and not noticing that it was actually Shoyu base for the set. Not too bad, but I still preferred the tonkotsu one and kept stealing more from the girlfriend! Ingredient-wise, I liked thier signature combo of char siew, melting pork belly and pork cheek all in one bowl. Great if you want to try more!
If you noticed the first shot, they actually have a variety of condiments to go with your noodles. Interesting combinations with the chilli chives standing out, but I would pretty much prefer the soup taste on its own!
Misoyaki Roll, Mini Gyoza
The first side dish was done pretty well with crunchy batter, oozing cheese and diced asparagus and carrots, though the pork slices itself was just a tad tough. Went nicely with the thick miso sauce!
I actually liked the gyoza here more than most of the exquisite ones in ramen shops. Not so much on taste, but it was in a way value for money, given how it was much bigger and stuffed with fillings.
Bamboo Chicken, single serving ($3.50)
I had to order this interesting one after I saw the next table eating it! Served within a bamboo stick, grilled minced chicken never tasted so good with its natural sweetness and juices! Though I couldn't really appreciate it being dipped in raw egg. Pass over the miso sauce please!
Bill for two was $34.25 after taxes. Coming in with just normal expectations, I left satisfied with the quality and the price that I paid for, though the portion size might be a little small if you are feeling real hungry. The variety of sides available is a good draw factor as well, but I guess I will be back primarily for its original size of Sanpou Tonkotsu Ramen!
RamenPlay B3-04, 313 @ Somerset Tel: 6634 0051 Note: There's another branch at Resorts World Sentosa, at the Casino entrance level.