New in town: The inside word on Keisuke Takeda's duck ramen restaurant
The name Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke could be a mouthful to catch on, but this new ramen restaurant will definitely strike a familiar chord with most gourmands. Its owner is none other than Japanese "Ramen King" Keisuke Takeda (who snagged the title of Ramen Champion at the Tokyo Ramen Championship back in 2011). With 13 restaurants established on our shores, it is safe to say that Keisuke is now a household name.
Chef Keisuke's new venture finds itself in the bustling neighbourhood of Holland Village, occupying a cosy space on the second level of a shophouse. Inside, minimalist wooden furniture, straw mats and a slanted ceiling remind us fondly of a casual "ryokan-inspired" outfit in Tokyo. Its intimate 32 pax occupancy is undoubtedly a major plus point — breaking free from the commerical shadow of being just another noodle chain.
Duck is the star here, and the only one for that matter in this joint. Once formally trained in French cuisine, Chef Keisuke chose the bird as his new muse, despite it being uncommon in Japanese cuisine. Hero bowls include two variations of the duck broth — a clear as well as a rich concoction, comprising of springy noodles, juicy slices of Irish duck, bamboo shoots, a flavoured egg and other indulgent add-ons.
Those who fancy a robust bowl should definitely opt for the rich soup, where duck bones and herbs are broken up and simmered for more than eight hours. Prefer a lighter option? The clear soup, prepared with a full-body bath of the bird, will sit nice and gently on your palate. Make sure to also top up your bowl with their yuzu duck meatballs — a glorious medley of minced duck thigh and breast, leek and fresh yuzu. A surprising scene-stealer, if you ask us.
Apart from the stellar broths, you can also choose from their other salivating bowls of spicy miso, tsukemen (dipping noodles) and mazesoba (dry ramen). We might have just found our new favourite ramen hideout in the West.
Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke officially opens on the 3 March 2018.
16A Lor Mambong, Tel: 6463 4344
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-10pm; (Sat-Sun) 11.30am-10pm