Thursday 30 April 2015

[CLOSED] Daikokuya Paragon – New Menu, New Dining Experience [MEDIA INVITE]

Daikokuya @ Paragon

Daikokuya Ramen Dining is one of the earliest batch of Ramen Establishment in Singapore before the ramen craze engulfed this tiny red dot. Daikokuya is currently under new management, after successful acquisition of Komars F&B Pte Ltd by Diamond Dining group. A listed company in Tokyo Stock Exchange, engaged in management, planning and operation of food business in Japan. Focusing primarily on Ramen, Daikokuya just recently re-launch its new menu.

Dining Set Up (Getting a new look soon)

Our tasting started with Signature Sapporo Ramen Roasted Miso – Tamago, vegi and Chashu roasted miso ($16.50). We were recommended the hardness of the ramen to be normal and normal thickness. The serving portion quite generous including the corn and bamboo shoot, the broth is milky and robust. The ramen is springy, tasty with the right thickness to it. While the chashu, thinly sliced with a slight charred aroma. Delicious.

Signature Sapporo Ramen Roasted Miso
– Tamago, vegi and Chashu roasted miso

Check out the Ramen

The unique thing about the ramen is that you can add curry powder to the ramen and thus this resulted in two tastes of ramen in one bowl. After adding the curry powder, the soup actually tasted a diluted soup version of Japanese curry.

Curry Powder to be added halfway through your
Ramen Slurping session

Asahikawa Ramen Roasted Shoyu – Hokkaido Seafood Roasted Shoyu ($19). Normal hardness and thickness plus butter. Curious with the reason of adding butter to the ramen, LD decided to order this. Served on the heated pot, the seafood ingredients which include prawns, scallops, mussels and aburi (flamed seared) salmon are quite generous. The broth is a lighter in texture compare to Sapporo broth, however the robustness remain the same. Adding the butter, made it smoother and kick up the flavour a notch.

Asahikawa Ramen Roasted Shoyu
 – Hokkaido Seafood Roasted Shoyu

The ramen is springy, tasty with the right thickness to it. However after soaking in the broth too long, you can feel it's lost its springiness and become slightly soggy. The seafood tasted fresh, especially the prawns which was crunchy. The aburi salmon maintain its texture and shape, unlike normal salmon that fall apart when cooked in broth.

Chubby Botak Koala tasting bowl :)
For spicy ramen lovers, there is Orochon Ramen Spicy Sapporo Miso ($14.50). The ingredients is similar to normal Sapporo ramen, however chilli oil and homemade concoction of chilli and spices mixture were added to the ramen. Not sure if we can handle on the spiciness, the chef tone down the spiciness level. This is good, as I can have a good taste of it. The richness of the broth combines well with the slow burning chilli mixture. At first, you can hardly taste the chilli, but after a while it hits you as the warmth of the chilli creep out from the stomach to the lips. For chilli lovers, you might want to ask them for highest spicy level, so you got the kick.

Orochon Ramen Spicy Sapporo Miso

As we are curious with the ramen texture, we decided to order Mini Signature Sapporo Ramen Roasted Miso ($10) with the ramen hardness level at hard. For me and LD, this texture is just right. It is springy, slightly chewy and tasty. If you like your ramen 'qq' (bouncy), you must order the hard version of the ramen.

Mini Signature Sapporo Ramen Roasted Miso
- Ramen Hardness (Hard)

To accompany the delicious ramen, there are side dishes such as Nagoya Speciality Sizzling Signature Miso Katsu on hot plate ($12.00); and Gyoza 6pcs ($6.50). The pork katsu are served on sizzling hot plate on top of bedded shaved cabbage. The miso sauce coated, half of the katsu, which was thick and bold in flavour. The meat itself is tender, considering it just use regular pork. You definitely must eat this with the cabbage. After a while, the cabbage will become soft as it was cooked on the hot plate. Accompanied with a bowl of rice, the miso sauce coated katsu might have tasted just right.

Nagoya Speciality Sizzling Signature Miso Katsu on hot plate 

Check out the Katsu

The Gyoza has the right amount of fillings and seasoning in the fillings are just right. The thickness of the skin is just nice. Good to dip with the white vinegar, but it can even be better if the outer part of the skin are more crispy.

Gyoza 6pcs 

Overall, we were impressed by the new menu of Daikokuya. The ramen are springy, the broth are just delicious and the ingredients are fresh. The side dishes are well executed and good companion to the main dish. If Ramen is not your thing, they have some donburi available. Kanpai!!! Cheers!!!

Thank you very much to Hungry Go Where and Daikokuya Team for the tasting invitation.

Food & Drink: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25; $26 - $50

Daikokuya Ramen Dining
290 Orchard Road
#B1-47, Paragon
Singapore 238859

T: +65 6737 5416
OH: Daily 11.00 – 22.00
For other outlets, check out their Facebook Page. 

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