Ippudo @ Mandarin Gallery

Ippudo original ramen (After GST it was almost $20)

I’ve heard mixed reviews about Ippudo but thankfully our visit was quite enjoyable.

The tonkotsu broth is not too oily or overwhelmingly salty. Really appreciated the subtle sweetness of the broth which tasted even better with a liberal amount of grated sesame seeds (sprinkle as much as you like, you can find it bottled on the table). As for your Hakata-style noodles the waiter will ask how you like them to be done so just let them know your preferences. I requested for medium.

 As evidenced above, hanjuku egg was perfectly executed.

Chashu though was definitely not the best. A little sinewy, but still alright I guess.

I liked how refined Ippudo’s ramen was. Good quality stuff and worth a visit. Be prepared to queue a little if you arrive after 7pm. You can’t hold tables either if you are a group of 3 or more.