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Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in Singapore

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in Singapore
Tsuta, the world’s first and only Michelin star ramen eatery, has opened its first overseas branch in Singapore at Pacific Plaza.

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeNaturally, a queue is to be expected. At Tsuta’s original nine-seater store in Sugamo, diners queue as early as 6am for a ticket to enter the nine-seater eatery which only opens at 11am. So the 1-hour queue here doesn’t sound that bad afterall.

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeBest thing to do while you queue – look at the menu and decide what you will have. Two basic ramen choices are available – the Shoyu Soba and Shio Soba which comes with char siu, bamboo shoots, and ajitama (flavoured egg). A miso version will be introduced at a later phase.

The shoyu ramen is made with a special soya sauce and a dashi stock of chicken, vegetables, clams and seafood, and topped with black truffle puree. The shio version is made with seafood and chicken stock together with Okinawa sea salt and Mongolian rock salt, and served with green olives in truffle oil.

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeOwner-chef Yuki Onishi, who used to be in the fashion industry, learnt how to cook ramen from his father. Tsuta emphasizes on using only natural ingredients, and to ensure quality the chef uses a custom-brewed shoyu from Wakayama Prefecture from soya beans that have been aged for two years, and another one that is concocted by Onishi himself. The noodles are also made with a blend of four wholewheat flours. The chef also introduced Western influences by adding truffle puree into his recipe.

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeOnce seats are available, you will be lead inside to place your order at a vending machine. Simply hand over the tickets to the counter staff once you are seated.

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeAfter an one hour wait, I am finally inside the 18-seater ramen eatery. And hungry.

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeDiners can watch as the chefs prepare your bowl of noodles.

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeThe delightful look of anticipation

Tsuta 蔦 – One Michelin-star Ramen in SingaporeFinally I am presented with my bowl of Ajitama Shoyu Soba! To be honest I was initially unimpressed by its appearance. My first taste of the broth fared much better. It was lighter than most ramen I have eaten before, and the truffle puree added a fragrant taste to it. I like the smooth, springy texture of the noodles and the flavoured egg. I felt that the pork char siu was a bit tough and lean for my liking (I would have preferred a bit more fat). Overall, I enjoyed my bowl of ramen, since I cleaned up the entire bowl. Being lighter in flavour, you will not get an overly-full feeling as with oilier versions. Would I queue again? Maybe, if the queue is under 30 minutes.

 

Tsuta Ramen Singapore
Address: 9 Scotts Road, #01-01, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210
Tel: 6734 4886
Opening Hours: 11:00AM to 10:00PM daily
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tsutasingapore

Tsuta Ramen Japan
Address: 〒170-0002, 1 Chome-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0002, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00AM to 4:00PM, 6:00PM to 9:00PM daily
Phone: +81 3 3943 1007

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Saveur – French Food on a Shoestring

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Craving decent foie gras at less than $10? Saveur is the place to go to.

Think of French dining and images of pompous wait staff, delicate food in small portions, grand décor and an even ‘grander’ bill that can feed someone for a week come to mind. Saveur is exactly the OPPOSITE of that. Affordable French dining, seriously? That was the objective of the two chefs Joshua Khoo and Dylan Ong  – introducing quality yet very affordable French cuisine to the masses. Which they did extremely well.

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The two chefs did stints at various fine diners like Guy Savoy, Fifty Three and Tetsuya’s in Sydney before starting Saveur in May 2011 at the most unlikely place – tucked away in a corner of Ali Baba coffee shop at East Coast Road. My mum used to buy the pasta and duck confit home, and it was amazing it still tasted good even hours later.
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The coffeshop stall became so popular that the duo moved into proper restaurant premises along Purvis Street within a year.

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There is no reservation system so either get there promptly when the restaurant opens, or be prepared to wait up to an hour. Tiny secret – there is a hidden table for 1, so if there’s only 1 of you, go ask and you may be able to whizz right through the line, hiak hiak.

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If zee French are eating here, it muzz be goodzzz… ;)
Due to the low pricepoints, most of Saveur’s crowd are youngsters and casual gatherings among friends.

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The menu is short and sweet, focusing on the most popular dishes. Also do look out for the seasonal specials.

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The restaurant is always a FULL HOUSE.

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Duck Salad ($5.90)

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My uber fave – Pan-seared foie gras served with creamy lentils & pickled pearl onion
Go for the apple-infused port wine version if you like it sweet (I prefer this).

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Seasonal Specials

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Chef preparing the restaurant’s popular dish – Saveur’s Pasta

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SAVEUR’S PASTA tossed with chilli oil, fine-chopped Japanese konbu
& sakura ebi with minced pork sauce ($4.90)
At $4.90, it is a complete steal.

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What to have for mains – fish, duck, chicken or beef? :)
I have to qualify that all the food shown were amassed from several visits, not just a SINGLE visit although I look like I can eat for an entire village, haha

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Beef Bourguignon
Beef short rib braised in red wine served with root vegetables, meslun salad
& potato au gratin ($16.90)
OMG, the meat was so tender it melted in my mouth. The starch-phobic in me even managed to finish up the potato au gratin! Fat me die.

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Duck leg confit, homemade mashed potato, sauteed shitake mushroom,
orange segments & orange infused natural jus ($12.90)
The duck is dry and not oily (which I like!), and I was able to finish the entire portion without getting sick of it. Nice.

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Pork belly served with creamy green lentils, soft boiled egg & natural jus ($10.90)

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CHICKEN ROULADE – thigh stuffed with foie gras-infused chicken farce,
creamy basmati rice & parmesan sauce ($9.90)

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Pistachio Panna Cotta ($6.90)

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Mmmmmm…desserts make me a happy gal! :)

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TEXTURES OF CITRUS – Blood orange jelly with orange granite, freeze-dried pineapple,
feuilletine, citrus segments & lime zest ($6.90)
A must-order for those who like sour foods, will definitely perk you up.

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Crème Brûlée with compote of mixed summer berries ($6.90)
My fave activity is to hit the crust with a spoon, that’s so fun! :D

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Tofu Cheesecake with Passionfruit Sauce
And the final dish, is SO pretty I didn’t have the heart to eat it – for 5 whole minutes. Gluttony got better of me, and it was yumz!

Saveur is a great place for casual dining with your friends (or first dates) and not burn a hole in your pocket. The dishes are quite standard but well-made, but do not come expecting delicate, fine French food. I will definitely visit the restaurant whenever I crave for the sinful foie gras, or urge for some affordable gourmet indulgence.

SAVEUR

5 Purvis St #01-04
Singapore 188584
Tel: +65 6333 3121
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun 12:00PM – 2:15PM, 6:00PM – 9:15PM

Far East Plaza #01-07b
14 Scotts Road
Singapore 228213
Tel: +65 6736 1121
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30AM – 9:30PM; Sun 11:30AM – 9:00PM
Website: http://www.saveur.sg