The Place Uni Ramen sounds like an awesome idea. Located within Picnic Food Park in Wisma Atria, the two weeks old Seizan Uni Ramen is a collaboration between Picnic Food Park and Seizan Tokyo, a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Japan. I was excited to check it out, as this is quite possibly the first concept in Singapore to serve Uni Ramen. The space at Picnic is huge, and the Seizan booth occupies a corner of Picnic where there are other food vendors. Ordering is fairly straightforward as you order via a machine, be seated, and collect your ramen once it is ready via a buzzer.
The Food The highlight and must try for me is the Uni Ramen (S$21). The ramen comes with a luscious uni hue, using customised noodles from Japan which absorbs the essence of the uni broth well. The dashi base for the ramen is prepared overnight with Japanese kombu along with bonito and tuna flakes.
The choice of uni here is Japanese bafun uni, which is first prepared into a paste before adding cream and milk. The result? A well-balanced uni broth which I really enjoyed, and it is surprisingly not at all cloying, at least for me! Each ramen here is also topped with homemade char shu, onsen tamago, leeks and nori sheets. The char shu meat is very tender yet not too fatty.
The other favourite option here is the Kumamoto Wagyu Ramen (S$20) if uni is not your thing. This beef ramen reminds me of Taiwanese beef noodles, as it uses beef tendon as well, except that the beef used here is the Kumamoto wagyu beef tendon. Unlike the Taiwanese version, the broth here is very clear and clean, while the beef tendon flavour is not so overpowering.
The last ramen I tried is the lightest flavour of the three, the Dashi Somen (S$18). This is essentially prepared with Japanese soy sauce, mirin and sake, and it uses Japanese white somen. The flavour is light, and is ideal if you just want to have a taste of the simple dashi broth.
Rants Picnic is not your typical Japanese ramen eatery, a food park really.
Will I Return Again? The uni ramen itself is worth a return. While it is not cheap by ramen standards, the quality is good and if you are a true blue uni lover, you won’t regret it.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Seizan Uni Ramen at Picnic
435 Orchard Road
Wisma Atria #03-15
Tel: +65 6734 8352
Daily: 11am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter