If you think Ramen Champion at Bugis+ is all about ramen only, then you are wrong. It welcomes Don Meijin, a brand new donburi specialist offering a wide variety of donburi on the menu. You can get Japanese rice bowls ranging from tendon to katsudon, roast beef don to butadon using short grain Japanese rice that is specially imported from Hokkaido.
Signature Tendon 3.8/5
The Signature Tendon ($13.80) is topped to the brim with fried tempura such as prawns, asparagus, eggplant, pumpkin, salmon and kakiage. It was quite a hearty and substantial meal with the amount of rice and ingredients. While the tempura batter is light and thin, it wasn't as crispy as I would have thought. I also did not quite enjoy the pumpkin which was a bit hard in texture. If you prefer the rice to be more saucy, you can always add more of the tendon sauce which is available at the table.
For an additional $2, you can enjoy another way of appreciating the signature tendon. You are giving pot of dashi soup which you can pour into the remaining bowl of rice and have it together with the rice crisp and wasabi.
Spicy Chilli Crab Tendon 3/5
Newly introduced is the local inspired Spicy Chilli Crab Tendon ($14.80) which is similar to the signature tendon except that it is drenched in a pool of homemade spicy chilli crab sauce. While I like the idea, I didn't think it go well together as a dish.
Pork Shogayaki Don 4.2/5
What I enjoyed more at Don Meijin is actually not their tendon but the other rice bowls. For example, the Pork Shogayaki Don ($12.80) which comes with slices of pork that is well flavoured with spicy ginger (shoga) and soy sauce, finished with a hint of mirin sweetness, goes very well with the steamy Japanese rice.
Mille Feuille Katus Don 4.5/5
My favourite has to go to the Mille Feuille Katsu Don ($12.80). Instead of deep frying the whole slab of pork loin, the pork loin is actually made by layering 14 thin slices of marinated pork loin and then coated with nama panko. Chunky and succulent while crunchy on the exterior, this is a hearty and comforting bowl of katsu don, finished off in a bed of egg.
Ramen Champion Bugis+
201 Victoria Street
Tel: +65 62381011
Nearest MRT: Bugis (EW Line, DT Line)
Mon-Fri: 11am - 1030pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 1030am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Cross the road. Turn left at Victoria Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]