REVIEW: 10 RAMEN SHOP YOU SHOULD VISIT IN TOKYO, JAPAN!

So Nick goes to Tokyo! obviously he needs to experiment with all the yummy ramen! Firstly, to explore japan you need to ace the language! If not, you need a decent advanced cell phone with a data card since you will need to utilize GOOGLE map alot in the event that you would prefer not to fall back on approaching the Japanese for directions. Be that as it may, yet.. the Japanese are extremely pleasant individuals and they will offer you assistance in any capacity that they can.

Here's a post on the ramen stores i attempted on my two trips to tokyo. My review is subjective to my taste, I may not like some of the ramen but you may find it yummy. :)

1) Nagi Golden Gai

G2 street, 2F
Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 1-1-10
Opening hours: 24 hours
The eatery itself is super squeezy yet in the event that you dont mind the spasm space, you're in for a treat!! The ramen soup is made of dried baby sardines or from what i read from the net. Didn't know how to communicate in japan so don't know how to inquire! The taste is entirely one of a kind. There's an indication of intensity yet it's not by any means impactful. The saltiness of the soup is alright too. The noodles are super decent and springy! There's some wonton skin inside. Don't know why there are those however its decent as well! The char siew is delicate and chewy. On the off chance that you stay close-by, do drop by as they are open all day, every day!

























2) Cho Gotteri Men Gottsu Akihabara
18 Kandamatsunagacho | Biore Akihabara 1FChiyoda 101-0023Tokyo Prefecture
Opening Hours: 11AM to 4AM

I experienced considerable difficulties locating this shop since its blowing strong wind on that day that i chose to eat this! LOL Anyways i find that the ramen noodles in japan are all great! Noodles is as normal pleasant and springy. idk what to request so i just picked the one on the top. The topping is loaded with onion, bean sprouts and lady fingers. Soup stock is pork based and rich and delightful. If you don't mind be cautious as the shop is not clean.



3) Rokurinsha
1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Station Ichibangai Basement Floor, B1F Yaesu South Exit) 
Opening Hours: 7:30–10AM, 11AM–10PM Daily
This store is situated at the tokyo ramen street. Location is as above. I arrived amid lunch time and the line was long however it was justified regardless of the hold up! This is a standout amongst the most popular tsukemen ramen in Tokyo. The noodle is not the same as the other ramen noodles. It is thick like yellow noodles and it is as nice as other noodles that i have eaten in Japan. All the pleasant, chewy and springy goodness! the soup broth is made with chicken bones, dried baby sardines, mackerel pieces and bonito flakes, alongside vegetables. It seems like alot of soup base involves dried sardines in the making process. Anyways this is yummy too! You may want to check out tokyo character street too when you're there! 





4) Tsukemen Yasubee
03-3422-2711
Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa 2-12-15
Opening Hours: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

Yasubee is also one of the more famous ramen shop. Soup broth is made with dried baby sardines and dry bonito flakes. The broth is rich and yummy with a tinge of spiciness. Noodle was perfect as usual! 




5) Ramen Zero Plus (ラーメンゼロ プラス)
3rd floor Omotesando Hills, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm  Sun 11am-10pm 

The reason why it is called zero plus is that it has NO seasonings at all. I find the taste of the soup kind of bitter. The eggs and charsiew taste good though. 


6) Kyushu Jangara Harajuku
Shanzeru Harajuku Ni-go-kan 1F-2F, 1-13-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours:  Mon-Fri 10:45am – 12am , Sat-Sun 10am – 12am 

I ate this on my last day in japan. I didn't like it. I find that the soup is not thick enough. Eggs were not raw enough. Other than that the noodles and pork is good. 

7) IPPUDO (Ebisu)
1-3-13 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-3am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am, Sun 11am-2am

I didn't like this as well. The soup is not flavorful enough.

8) Mutekiya Ramen 麺創房無敵家
Japan, 〒171-0022 東京都豊島区 南池袋1丁目17-1
Opening hours: 10.30am - 4am everyday
I chose their best seller, Nikutama Ramen.The ramen consists of nice and soft charsiew, eggs, negi leek, bamboo shoots, dark green vegetables and springy medium thick noodles. The highlight of this bowl of ramen are their incredibly rich tonkotsu broth! So full of flavor! I slurped everything up. 

9) Kagari Ginza Ramen (篝)

4-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:00-15:30, 17:00-22:30
Saturday and Holidays: 11:00-15:30, 17:00-21:00
Closed Sundays


After reading up on their most famous dish and seeing people ordering this while i ordered the dipping soba, i came here for a second visit! >.>

I was served with this bowl of rich, thick and creamy chicken broth(Tori Paitan (鶏白湯))! This is the best chicken broth ramen i have ever tasted!! Seriously yummy!!!!! It comes with an egg, chicken meat, cherry tomato, corn and yam. Noodles was aldente as well. My experience here was nothing but the best. I normally don't go back to the same store for a second visit as i wanted to try out new food but i will consider coming back here. <3

10) Ichiran Ramen 一蘭ラメン

Iwamoto Building B1F
1-22-7 Jinnan Sibuya-ku Tokyo-to
150-0041
3 minute walk from JR Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)

Opening hours: 24 hours


The soup is tonkotsu based and is amazingly thick and rich in flavour! Ramen is hakata style thin noodles which is not my favorite though. Char siew is soft and easy to chew. 

It was an interesting ramen experience as anywhere else is quite lively where people will greet you when you enter and thank you when you leave. For this one, you can hardly see who is the one serving you. To each its own, I will go for the ramen even though there's hardly any hospitality. 

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REVIEW: The Book Cafe at Robertson Quay

Assignments keeps me busy now that school has started! I was on leave the other day for dental appointment. Had a tooth extraction and they put spacers in between teeth to prepare for the bonding of braces for upper set. I am finally half way there! 

Anyways, since i have the afternoon off, I decided to bring my laptop out. I have always wanted to come to the book cafe after knowing that it has FREE WIFI. The whole place is just super conducive for work! There are 3 areas here. One is alfresco seating outside, the comfortable sofa area and then the normal table settings on one side. It just feels comfortable inside. The sofa area was adorned with book shelves and it act as a separator from the other area. There's also paintings on the wall

This cafe has an extensive menu, ranging from All day breakfast sets, sandwiches, pastas and Asian delights. 

Address: 20 Martin Rd, #01-02 Seng Kee Building, 239070
Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday - 8.30pm - 10.30pm 
Friday - Saturday - 8.30am - 12.30am 



Omelette with Ham & Tomato (SGD $16.95)
Ice Mocha with ice cream (SGD $6.95)

Omelette was cooked just nice! The ham and tomato can be found inside the omelette too. They provided butter and strawberry jam for your toast. Rosti at the side wasn't crispy enough and was rather small. It fell apart when i picked it up with a fork.
 Ice mocha was yummy and sinful! 

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GUIDE: 7 Good Cafes to visit in Toa Payoh/Braddell Singapore

Toa Payoh is located in the northern part of the Central Region of Singapore. I have lived in Toa Payoh my whole life and with the cafe culture booming, there have been more cafes opening up in Toa Payoh. Here's 7 cafes that I have visited so far and think you should go to. Click on the cafe link to go to my review on that cafe. 

1) The Daily Press cafe

Address: 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-561 Singapore 310126
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30am to 9:30pm

One would not know that this is a cafe upon hearing the name. It sounds more like a publishing company, but actually it is because their sandwiches are prepared from their sandwich press machine. Some of their unique highlights includes Peranakan inspired Babi Pongteh Sandwich ($12), Korean inspired Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich ($12) and Beef ragu pasta(?). Although they have free wifi, but i feel like this place is not conducive for students, would rather enjoy their food than notes.











2) Shrove Tuesday Revisit

Address: Block 94 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 #01-32 Singapore 310094
Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday : 10am - 10pm
                             Friday & Saturday : 10am - 11pm


And again with the weird name! Shrove Tuesday is a cafe that sells mainly pastries, waffles and coffees. Pastries price ranges from $3.50 - $8.00. I have tried their rainbow cake and rainbow kueh lapis before. Definitely very Instagram worthy!




















3) The Little Prince Cafe

Address: Lor 6 Toa Payoh Blk 47 #01-134 Singapore 310047
Opening hours: Sun-Mon, Wed-Thurs - 12pm – 10pm
                          Fri-Sat - 12pm – 11pm
                          Closed Tues


The Little Prince Cafe is a small ice cream cafe tucked at a corner in the Toa Payoh Neighborhood. As the name suggest, the cafe is themed according to this childhood classic story. Despite being the furthest cafe from the MRT Station, they are able to draw in neighborhood crowds.




















4) The Dream Cafe

Address: Blk 163, Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #01-1016
Singapore 310163
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun: 1pm – 10:30pm


The Dream Cafe was an unexpected find. I guess this place must be popular among students with their close vicinity to a few nearby schools. They offer free wifi too, along with student promotions. Although I did ask them about this, but they say there aren't any at the moment. Oh well.



















5) The Studio Cafe

Address: Blk 47 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
#01-131 Singapore 310047
Opening hours: Monday - 12pm - 10pm
Tuesday - Sunday - 9am - 11pm

Studio Cafe is a halal cafe in Toa Payoh. They sell mainly local Malay and some western food. The cafe is spacious with indoor and outdoor seating with no air condition. The food here are reasonably priced as well.




















6) Creamier

Address: 128 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-835
Opening Hours: Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday - 12pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday - 12pm - 11pm

Creamier is undoubtedly the most crowded cafe among many in Toa Payoh. I was quite hesitant to visit as it is always so packed full of people. It is located at Toa Payoh and is walk-able distance from Braddell MRT Station. Their menu consists of ice cream, waffles and beverages(coffee and tea). It is not wise to sit for long and chill over coffee here as there may be people waiting for seats.

















7) JQ Chef Cafe

Address: 186 Toa Payoh Central, 310186
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 10pm Everyday

JQ Chef Cafe is relatively new in the Toa Payoh Area. They took over this space from Les Patisserie. JQ Chef is essentially the chef's name Johnny Quek who is the ex-chef of  World’s First Full Butler Sky Dining at Singapore Flyer.

I find that the cafe is not really inviting with the extremely dim lighting. Picture below is edited brighter using Photoshop. Not really nice for cafe hoppers who are hoping to take the best picture of their food.

The cafe serves deserts, drinks, mains and pasta and they do not deviate much from the predecessor. Not sure if they're busy during lunch hour but it is kind of empty during dinner time. Their menu was kind of meh as they serve ordinary food such as Mixed Grill (SGD $20.90), Carbonara (SGD $12.90) and Chicken Lasagna (SGD $13.90) but the food wasn't bad at all. Yummy Western food at a slightly affordable price.


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REVIEW: JQ Chef Cafe at Toa Payoh

JQ Chef Cafe is relatively new in the Toa Payoh Area. They took over this space from Les Patisserie. JQ Chef is essentially the chef's name Johnny Quek who is the ex-chef of  World’s First Full Butler Sky Dining at Singapore Flyer. 

I find that the cafe is not really inviting with the extremely dim lighting. Picture below is edited brighter using Photoshop. Not really nice for cafe hoppers who are hoping to take the best picture of their food.

The cafe serves deserts, drinks, mains and pasta and they do not deviate much from the predecessor. Not sure if they're busy during lunch hour but it is kind of empty during dinner time. Their menu was kind of meh as they serve ordinary food such as Mixed Grill (SGD $20.90), Carbonara (SGD $12.90) and Chicken Lasagna (SGD $13.90) but the food wasn't bad at all. Yummy Western food at a slightly affordable price.

Address: 186 Toa Payoh Central, 310186
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 10pm Everyday


Roasted Chicken Leg (SGD $14.90)
This was actually quite delicious. Roasted chicken leg was very tender and juicy. The taste was tantalizing when dipped in the yakiniku sauce. It is served with sauteed mix vegetables and mashed potato. They could have given more vegetables!

Beef Bolognese (SGD $14.90)
This was quite worth my money as the portion was big and as you can see they are quite generous in the given tomato pronto sauce.  

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