If the Japanese name Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke is too much of a mouthful... just remember it as Hybrid Duck Ramen Keisuke!
Opening tomorrow on 3rd March 2018 at Holland Village, this new ramen joint is all about the duck! Though the bird is uncommon in Japanese cuisine, it is ubiquitous in French cuisine which Chef Keisuke Takeda is formally trained in.
This is his latest brainchild after the successful launch of other popular concepts including Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Ramen Keisuke Tori King, Ramen Keisuke Kani King, Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, and Ginza Tendon Itsuki.
Where's the duck? Find it right across Holland Village Hawker Centre, on level 2 of the shophouse unit (take the stairs between Browhaus and Basil Thai Kitchen).
The small 32-seater space takes its reference from traditional Japanese teahouses, and is fashioned with wooden wall, wooden tables, and even tatami-like seats.
Take a seat at the counter, you might just see Chef Keisuke himself preparing your duck ramen right in front of you!
The menu offers five variations of duck ramen, including Rich Soup, Clear Soup, Miso (spicy/non-spicy), Tsukemen (dipping noodles), and Mazesoba (dry ramen).
A basic bowl is priced from $14.90 onwards, and served with slices of premium Irish hybrid ducks.
You can also choose to top it off with marinated flavored egg, as well as duck meatballs and seaweed together in your bowl as well.
My advice is: Go for the special! All in! The egg is perfectly executed with an oozy center, and those meatballs are especially lovely with soft minced duck and invigorating hints of yuzu.
We were most impressed with the Irish Hybrid duck itself.
First grilled then marinated in Chef Keisuke's special shoyu-based sauce before being steamed at precisely 65 degrees Celsius, the duck slices were juicy, tender and very flavorful! The amount of fat is just right, contributing to a rich mouthfeel. Very nicely-executed.
The thickness and salt-level of the noodles are specially designed to complement the different broths.
While the Rich Soup was thick and robust in a lip-smacking way, the Clear Soup suited my palate better with its light and refreshing taste. Do add in the grated yuzu to enhance the flavors even further. My fondness for it grew with each sip.
The broth for the Tsukemen was distinctly different because... bonito flakes was added! It really gave the broth an extra oomph!
Kamo Ju ($29.90) is offered as an alternative to noodles. The bento came with generous pieces of duck served over rice, and there was a layer of minced duck hidden underneath. We were surprised by the strong addition of wasabi which lifted up the duck and rice combination with a punchy note. Though enjoyable, I thought it could do with a little more sauce.
I can see myself returning to Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime again for more of the duck ramen, but as the noodle house does not take reservations, a queue is most likely to be expected especially during the opening phase so need to get mentally prepared for that.
Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke
Address: 16A Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277677
Contact: +65 6463 4344
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm & 5-10pm / Sat-Sun 11.30am-10pm / Last order 30mins before closing time
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST unless otherwise stated. Information is correct at point of published date.
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