After few years, Ippudo at Mandarin Gallery still going strong and they even have few outlets around the island, proving their solid fan base.So, after a while from last visit here, this visit was to refresh why Ippudo still remains popular.
Service was prompt but our waiting staff who took the order didn't listen properly and when he repeated, he mumbled and I only caught few words that ‘seemed’ to be what I ordered. Only to find out later on, that when we discussed whether to try on Spicy or Non Spicy bun, yet mentioned to him, I would try the non-spicy Shrimp buns, he got the idea that I ordered both. Well, didn’t want to make a fuss and thought it was good to try even though our full tummies experienced gastric pain afterward; consequences of eating past lunch time and too much….Oh well….I called this as another encounter with 'snobby' waiting staff who thought he knew so well and tried hard to impress with his 'efficiency' which failed....
Ippudo scored well on their flavourful ramen base soups and good consistency of noodles firmness; added with well cooked cha shu, soft-boiled eggs, negi, etc; it ticks all the points on what make a good ramen.
Some said it isn’t as impressive/memorable as what they had in Tokyo but to soothe our cravings, Ippudo SG is a place to go for good ramen. But, I would say, better to pay more attention when the waiting staff takes our order.
Counter seating this time, another proof on how well Ippudo been doing so far
Trademark of Ippudo outlets, the red and white dinnerware on display
Glimpse of ramen prepping
Add-on garnishes on the table
View to table seating area
Having a pot of tea
Ippudo SG Buns Collection
The black plate indicated it's a Spicy version
A peek inside the bun
Original Ippudo Tonkotsu broth with flavoured egg enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil served with thin noodles, black fungus and spring onions
Closer look on Akamaru Tamago
Another Ippudo's original broth with flavoured egg, special spicy miso, cashew nuts, garlic oil and spring onions
Ippudo SG @ Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road
#04-02 to 04
Tel: (65) 6235 2797
Opens daily from 11 pm to 10 pm