The Place I have always known RamenPlay but it was only recently when I tried it for the first time. A casual ramen joint operated by the BreadTalk Group, it has recently launched its Shabu Shabu menu at a few outlets, namely BreakTalk IHQ, NEX mall, Jem and Velocity at Novena Square, and will be available at all other outlets by June 2015. I found it surprisingly initially when I heard Shabu Shabu on its menu, which is usually not common for a brand that specialises in ramen.
The Food From $13.90 onwards, I find the Shabu Shabu to be really value for money, with surprisingly good quality. Choose from the Australian Pork ($13.90) or Brazilian Beef ($14.90) meats, with either Clear or Kimchi soup. I managed to try both soups and my preference is the Korean Kimchi soup as I fancy a stronger flavour. It is also good that the Kimchi soup is not too spicy as it makes it alot easier to enjoy drinking the soup. The Clear soup, which is predominantly Chicken broth by using Chicken bones and shoyu, will suit my palate better if I prefer something light that day.
Other than the meat, I didn’t expect the rest of the ingredients to be so generous as well. Assorted vegetables, tofu and three different types of Japanese mushrooms (Hon Shimeji, Shiitake and Enokitake). This is un-un-unbelievably worth $13.90 or $14.90.
And to add on further, the shabu shabu set also comes with a choice of either the high grade Niigata rice from Japan or thin Udon. Please believe me.
Other than Shabu Shabu, RamenPlay also has the Butariki Ishinabe ($13.80), hot stone pot Niigate Koshihikari rice with generous servings o barbecued pork, seaweed and raw egg. I would recommend sharing this stone pot together with the shabu shabu set for a greater variety.
What’s a visit to RamenPlay without trying its ramen? The Toroniku Uobushi Tonkotsu Ramen ($11.80) is a mix of smoked fish and pork bones broth, which is lighter than the usual Tonkotsu style broth found elsewhere. I find the broth quite unique, as I never thought fish and pork can go well in making the broth. The texture of the ramen is firm and thin, which is what I like in a ramen.
If there is still space, I would recommend the Crispy Chicken Gyoza ($3.60 for 3 pieces/$5.80 for 5 pieces) to share.
I also tried the Super Yuzu ($4.80), a very refreshing drink using premium yuzu, soda and yuzu peel. It really feels good having this drink during a hot day. The most amazing point is that there is even an alcoholic version, added with 15% soju. I would say just go for the latter.
For desserts, try the Warabi Matcha Mochi Ice Cream ($6.80 a la carte / $4.80 with order of any main course) which is worth it if you have already ordered a main course.
Will I return again? RamenPlay is one restaurant which offers decent Japanese fares at affordable prices. This is an ideal place to satisfy your ramen or shabu shabu craving, which thankfully will not burn a big hole in your pocket.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
30 Tai Seng Street #01-03
Tel: 6444 5516
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter