@ Keisuke Ramen Lobster King: 3C River Valley Road, #01-07 The Cannery, Clarke Quay, 179022
Keisuke has made its mark in Singapore. Having 11 eateries, it is unlike other chain restaurants offering the same menu. Each Keisuke eatery specialises in a particular Japanese dish. And by specialise, the Keisuke restaurants deliver such an experience to the palette that it is no surprise people stand in line before restaurant opening hours to get a bite.
I heard of Keisuke Ramen Lobster King from a colleague who is one of the biggest ramen fans I know. From the way he described the noodles and broth, I just had to pay a visit. He also told/warned me of the usual legendary queue forming before the store opened, so it being my birthday, I took the opportunity to request for my non-queue-loving friends to dine here. A dear friend stood in line at 5.30pm, and boy, were we blessed to get the last table of the first seating when its doors opened at 6pm.
The menu is simple - four variations of lobster broth to choose from, with an option to add extra toppings to your noodles like pork slices or bamboo shoot, and some side dishes to choose from.
We picked gyoza and fried chicken for sides. The fried chicken was interesting because it was served with a dip, mixed at your table. Made of mashed eggs, mayonnaise, radish and pickles, we thought the dip was better than the fried chicken!
The lobster broth takes at least 6 hours of simmering, which explains the thick, full-bodied broth; very flavourful, a tad salty, but nonetheless enjoyable. My noodle with the rich lobster broth option was served with the straight noodle while my friend's miso soup order was served with yellow curly noodles. The pork slices were soft and melt-in-your-mouth too. And the classic egg, needless to say, was great (hands up for those who love eggs with gooey centres!) Oh! One thing to point out, prices of the ramen range from $13.90 to $15.90, so the bowl of noodles don't actually come with lobster meat, just lobster based broth. :)
The complimentary beansprouts were a great appetiser - I have to admit I ate a third of a jar. :P Having a container full of hard-boiled brown and white eggs offered for free as well was interesting - we found ourselves trying at least one of each to try differentiating them. And, *drumroll*, taste wise, there was no difference, at least to our tastebuds. Lol~
Overall a positive meal to get you started on the Keisuke journey. Our tip for you would be to go early to beat the queue! Okay, which Keisuke experience next?