It's become a bit of a tradition for me to visit this restaurant with my aunty and sister every time we visit Singapore. Being one of the first halal Japanese restaurant chains in the city state, we found it as a nice alternative to other halal dining places, which are usually always fast food chains. I can't remember how many times we've been here, but it's definitely a good place to stop at for lunch in the midst of an Orchard Road shopping spree.
Ramen Ten is located in the basement of Far East Plaza on Scotts Road, within walking distance of many big shopping malls within the area. The menu boasts a range of sushi, ramen, tempura and bento, and you can choose between sitting at the sushi conveyor belt or taking a table if you're with a group.
What's a Japanese restaurant without sushi? There are a variety of sushi choices available here, and we mostly picked the salmon options. Pictured above are pairs of salmon sashimi, fish roe, salmon avocado and a tuna salmon combination. The raw salmon was nice and fresh, the kind that melts in your mouth. There was a lot less avocado than pictured in the menu though.
There's quite a variety of ramen dishes served here. From beef to chicken to seafood, I think there's something for everybody, ramen-wise. My sister Mira is a huge fan of noodles and Ramen Ten's are among her favourites. I'm more of a bento fan myself, but the ramen is very tasty and great for those who like their broth sharp and spicy.
For myself, I got the grilled salmon bento box at $15.90. For the price, I got a grilled salmon fillet, a small assortment of tempura, some chawanmushi and rice. What a satisfying meal! Granted, the salmon doesn't look like much but after clearing everything in the box, it was safe to say that I was stuffed.
The salmon was fresh and sweet, and you really can't go wrong with tempura. The chawanmushi had a number of little surprises hiding in the steamed egg - a crabstick, two different kinds of mushrooms, and even a tiny chicken chunk that I was surprised to find. The chicken was at the very bottom of the cup and I admit the taste was a bit jarring after the silky smooth mushrooms.
This small miso bowl came with the bento box, but came five minutes later. It has to be the best miso I've ever tasted. I'm no expert on Japanese food, so I can't vouch for its authenticity. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The soup was warm and creamy while maintaining its thin consistency.
Not everything on the menu is all sushi, ramen and bento. The tempura platter is a little unorthodox as it comes with a serving of french fries. Sure, it's not your typical Japanese dish, but I bet children will appreciate all the fried goodness on this plate. It's a bit of a carbohydrate-happy meal though, what with both the rice and potatoes together.
The food here at Ramen Ten is good, although it took a while for our dishes to arrive. No complaints about the service, and the restaurant is quite comfortable with a warm, cosy colour palette. I'm sure I'll be visiting it again the next time I'm in Singapore.