Date visited: 20th April 2013
Little Ramen Bar is another ramen joint that has opened only recently in the CBD. This was a rare occasion when MerlinFan spotted a new restaurant in passing (last weekend, to be exact), eagerly researched it and suggested that we paid it a visit.
MerlinFan, AJ, AS and I headed down just after 12.30pm and there was already a short line outside. The popularity of this place speaks a lot, considering it had only opened not long ago. Word about new food joints sure travel fast.
The staff were rather efficient. I liked how they gave us the menu whilst we were waiting in line - all the ramen choices sounded good so it took us a while make a decision. It was also handy to have a little note that informed us which ramen could be served quickly and which ones would take longer.
They had a nice range of ramen, extra toppings as well as drinks including alcohol.
It was a little wait (in the cold too =C) but we finally got a table of four. Now, the interior was tiny, with only a row of tables set very closely together, and a few other high tables with tall stools. We had the table right at the back in front of the counter so it was nicely warm, but I can imagine the draft from the open door if you were sitting at the tables in front.
|Cosy nook right inside|
|Ramune (grape flavoured) $4|
|Chashu Tamago (shio) $12.90|
With the Chashu Tamago, it came with Shio (light salt base) Tonkotsu broth which I had. You could request for it with shoyu (special soy sauce) or miso (soybean). MerlinFan asked for miso but I think the waitress heard wrong, for it came to her in a shoyu base.
|Chashu tamago (shoyu) $12.90|
AS had the Shoyu Ramen.
|Shoyu ramen $10.90|
AJ had the Classic Tonkotsu Ramen which was seaweed, bamboo shoots, spring onion and BBQ pork in their original tonkotsu soup, which was cooked over 10 hours to extract that rich porky goodness. You could choose from the 3 varieties, shoyu, miso and shio. AJ chose the Shoyu.
|Classic Tonkotsu Ramen $9.90|
Overall impression was good. With nicely flavoured broths and bouncy noodles in adequate amounts, I would have to say pretty good value for your money and a nice joint to have a comforting hot bowl of ramen on those chilly winter days.
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