Monday, August 11, 2014

Chabuton @ 313 Somerset


And yet another ramen chain from Japan has landed on our shore. Chabuton is the brainchild of the first ramen chef to ever receive a Michelin star. The prestigious ramen chain from Japan has finally opens its first outlet in 313 Somerset, Singapore. The Chabuton chain currently has 9 outlets in Japan and 14 outlets in Thailand.

Miso Char Siew Ramen 4.2/5

I ordered the Miso Char Siew Ramen ($15.90) which the pork bone soup is flavoured with Uki-kouji miso topped with char siew and Japanese leek. A different at Chabuton is customer gets to choose how they want their ramen and broth to be prepared. Customer has the choice of customizing their texture of the noodle, the amount of oil and salt level. I had the normal levels and it was ideal for me. The saltiness of the miso broth and the delectable bite from the springy noodles made it a slurping good bowl of ramen. I also like the generous slice of the char siew.

Tonkotsu Ramen 4/5

The signature at Chabuton is their Tonkotsu Ramen ($8.30/$11.90) that comes in a rich and creamy pork bone soup topped with char siew and Japanese leek. Compared to other tonkotsu broths I have tried, the version at Chabuton was not as rich and salty. Nevertheless it was still a good hearty and comforting bowl of ramen.

Shio Char Siew Ramen 3.5/5

For those that prefer a light broth base ramen, the Shio Char Siew Ramen ($15.40) will be a good choice. The salt flavoured pork bone soup ramen topped with extra char siew and Japanese leek tasted somewhat like a bowl of Chinese noodle. The soup is not as rich and intense compared to the tonkotsu and miso.

Shoyu Zaru Ramen 3/5

Beside a hot bowl of ramen, Chabuton offers Shoyu Zaru Ramen ($10.50/11.90) which is cold ramen served with Japanese soy sauce soup. The cold noodle has a more chewy texture. To eat, dip the noodles into the soy sauce soup. I thought the soup tasted similar to our beef noodle soup. An interesting way to enjoy the ramen.

Ika Karaage 3/5

On top of the different ramens, Chabuton also offers a decent selection of side dishes on the menu. The Ika Karaage or Fried Squid ($5) would go well with a glass of beer. Although fried to a nice crisp and not oily, I thought the dish was mediocre.

Kaki Fry 3.8/5

I actually quite enjoyed the Kaki Fry or Fried Oyster ($6). The light batter gave the exterior a crumbly crisp while the juiciness of the fresh oyster was retained inside.

Hitokuchi Gyoza 2.8/5

The Hitokuchi Gyoza ($5) was a disappointment for me. The odd shape gyoza somehow lost that satisfying proportion of dumpling skin to the pork filling ration. In short, the experience felt as if there were too little fillings in the gyoza.

Soup Gyoza 4/5

The Soup Gyoza ($5) on the other hand fares better than the Hitokuch Gyoza. I could taste the sweetness of the pork stuffing wrapped in a smooth and soft dumpling skin.

Char Siew Don 3/5

The Char Siew Don ($4) was a good alternative to the ramen if you needed something more filling. While it is enjoyable, I thought the char siew was sliced too thin and the rice was short of the vinegar seasoning.

Overall I think the ramen at Chabuton is pretty good. I preferred the miso to tonkatsu ramen even though the later is their signature. If you do not like that very rich and salty tonkatsu broth, then this bowl of ramen will be good for you.

313 Somerset
313 Orchard Road
Singapore 238895
Tel: +65 66368335
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
1130am - 10pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

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