Seizan in Tokyo is a Two-Michelin starred kaiseki restaurant. Its proprietary dashi lays the foundation for most dishes served at the restaurant, and this highly prized ingredient is also the backbone of the latest modern ramen concept - Seizan Uni Ramen. Brought to you by Picnic Food Park and Seizan Tokyo, Seizan Uni Ramen marries Singaporeans' love for uni and ramen. And is it a perfect marriage?
Uni Ramen 4.8/5
I would say yes. Not because this Uni Ramen ($21) is extravagant with uni, but because Head Chef Uchida of Nabe Seizan Singapore managed to balance the flavours of the milky uni broth so well, it would leave you wanting for more. Mixing premium Japanese bafun uni with cream, milk and Seizan’s signature dashi, the bowl of ramen is stunning in a bright, pumpkin colour. The uni broth was light in my opinion, even towards the last sip, though some said it gets cloying if you have too much. The addition of Sake into the broth, I reckon, is what makes it so delicious. The sake not only sharpens the broth, but it also adds sweetness and depth to the buttery emulsion. The profound flavours of Uni are not lost but enhanced and neutralised into an emulsion that one can actually drink to his heart's content.
Imported from Tokyo, the ramen noodles are customised for Seizan Uni Ramen. Relatively curlier and hardier than regular ramen, they can hold more broth. Made with a specific egg-to-flour ratio, the creamy broth can permeate and flavour the noodles with ease.
Dashi Somen 4/5
If you like to have a taste of Seizan’s signature dashi, Dashi Somen ($18) shall guide your palate through by serving Japanese white somen in the dashi, with a touch of Japanese soy sauce, mirin and sake.
Kumamoto Wagyu Ramen 4/5
Kumamoto Wagyu Ramen ($20) combines Seizan’s signature dashi with a stock made with Kumamoto wagyu beef tendon and vegetables. Beef bones and tendon are boiled for over eight hours with vegetables such as leek and garlic, which add sweetness. The beef pulled apart with a slight tug, but it still had that gelatinous bite. The soup was almost like a consomme and had a clean, beefy flavour. I was told as with most Japanese dishes, it is not about the stronger the flavours, the better it is, but what's more important is attaining the balance. So don't expect it to be as strong and intense as your regular beef noodles.
Written By Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
Seizan Uni Ramen
Picnic Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 67348352
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
Daily: 11am to 10pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit C or D. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]