I took my Mum out to Sentosa last week as she wanted to visit Madam Tussauds. After the visit, we decided to check out Resorts World Singapore (RWS) for dinner options. After checking out the other dining options at RWS Festival Walk, I decided to have our dinner at Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining. Since we were on a “holiday”, might as well make us feel we were overseas in my favourite country to visit – Japan!
Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining
The dining area was quite large but had less seats now due to social distancing, while the open kitchen was on the right.
Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining RWS Menu
At the RWS Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining branch, they offered 3 types of broth – Tonkotsu, Lobster and Shoyu which you could either have it Original, Red Spicy or Black Spicy. They also had a Tobster Tsukemen option.
If there was someone in your group who preferred rice, fret not as there were various rice options on the menu too, including some side dishes. On the tables were pieces of order form with a red pen each for customers to mark their selections.
I had kinda made up my mind what to order for my Mum and myself even before entering the restaurant. However, I still pored over the menu wondering if there’s something else to try. Knowing that my Mum won’t be able to eat much, I decided on the following Keisuke Tokyo Ramens:
Lobster Broth Ramen for Mum with the following options
Taste of the soup (Saltiness) – Light
Flavoured Oil – Normal
Noodle texture – Normal
Tonkotsu Ramen for myself with the following options
Taste of the soup (Saltiness) – Normal
Flavoured Oil – More
Noodle texture – Hard
Addition of Prawn Wonton
We didn’t add on flavoured egg (S$2.00) for our orders since there were complimentary hard boiled eggs provided and we didn’t want to eat too many eggs.
Lobster Broth Ramen (S$13.90)
When the Lobster Broth Ramen was served, we could smell the lobster soup immediately. The Lobster Broth Ramen came served with Black Fungus, Bamboo Shoots, julienned Spring Onions and 2 pieces of Pork Belly.
Mum and I tried the soup and agreed it was very rich in Lobster taste and thick with collagen, although we both thought the soup wasn’t hot enough. Mum liked her Lobster Broth as it wasn’t salty. I guess choosing “Light” for taste of the soup helped to keep the sodium and saltiness low. The noodle texture was just nice for Mum and she enjoyed the Black Fungus and Bamboo Shoots too. Mum said the Ramen was rather filling and couldn’t finish the broth. I gladly helped her finish up the Lobster broth. 😋
Tonkotsu Ramen (S$12.90)
My bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen came with a big piece of Pork Loin that stretched across the Ramen bowl 😮, topped with Black Fungus and chopped Spring Onions.
The Tonkotsu Ramen soup was hotter than my Mum’s Lobster Broth soup, though still not piping and steaming hot. At first taste, I thought the porky taste was quite strong. But after a few more mouthfuls, I got used to the taste and loved the creamy thickness of the Tonkotsu broth. I could tell there was lots of collagen in the soup.
As I’d requested for more Flavoured Oil, I wondered if that was why there were lots of pork fats floating in the Tonkotsu broth. I preferred Hard noodles and the noodle texture did not disappoint. Saltiness of the soup was just right too. The Pork Loin was tender and easy to chew. I thoroughly enjoyed my bowl of Ramen and finished the Tonkotsu soup. 😋
Prawn Wonton (S$2.00 – 2 pieces)
The Prawn Wonton was served separately on a small plate, I had expected them in my bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen. Mum thought they looked miserable and rather expensive for 2 pieces of prawns in wonton skin. She felt that the wonton skin was rather thick, but I thought it was just okay. Portions where more wonton skin were stuck together were thicker, but otherwise just nice.
I did wonder if I made a mistake ordering the Prawn Wonton as they didn’t look anything special. 🤔 The taste and flavourings did surprise me when I bite into the Prawn Wonton. There were pepper bits, sesame seeds and spring onions which gave the Prawn Wonton a nice peppery fragrant taste. I enjoyed the Prawn Wonton very much and yes, it did seem rather expensive.
The Side Dishes
When we were shown to our table by 1 staff, the other staff already laid out the cutlery and side dishes of 2 eggs, fried bean sprouts, soya sauce packs and Kewpie Mayonnaise. He then proceeded to inform us the side dishes were complimentary and we could request for more if needed. Mum enjoyed the sesame oil spicy fried bean sprouts and it was her first time trying it. She was surprised and said she never thought to fry bean sprouts with sesame oil. I think I might be seeing that dish at home soon.
Not sure why we got 1 white shelled egg and 1 brown shelled egg. 🤷♀️ The egg shells were quite easy to peel off and the hard-boiled egg were cooked just nice as there was still a springiness to the egg white. I gave the white shelled egg to my Mum while I took the brown shelled egg. I ate my egg with the Kewpie Mayonnaise provided and it was delicious. The egg yolk was orangey and creamy too. They also gave us 2 packets of soya sauce, but we didn’t use them as the fried bean sprouts were salty enough and the eggs just needed mayonnaise. I would have asked for extra servings of the side dishes, but the Ramens and soup were quite filling.
I’ve to say the service was good. Keisuke Toyko’s staff were very attentive and friendly, they spotted us walking to the restaurant’s entrance and opened the doors for us. Mum said “they free got time to provide better service cos no business”, but I didn’t think that was the case.
After I placed my Ramen orders, the staff asked if we wanted any drinks which I declined. He then offered us option of Hot or Cold water and mentioned it was complimentary at no charge. I liked that the staff provided the information upfront instead of having the customer ask or waiting to be asked. That to me is a sign of good customer service.
I took up the offer for Cold water as it was rather hot outside and we were melting from the heat, a cold drink would helped keep us cool. My Mum loved the double-walled metal glasses our iced water was served in. There were big cubes of ice keeping the water cold, yet the double-walled metal glasses kept the outside dry. I had expected our water to be served in tiny plastic cups, so this was a nice surprise. I wonder if it’s the same at other Keisuke Ramen branches or just because this was at RWS.
After exiting the restaurant, I saw a sign that Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining allow splitting of bills among customers. I thought it was a wonderful service to provide as this was a common practice in the US, Japan and even Hong Kong. Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining also accepts payment in various methods.
I paid a total of S$33.90 (including service charge and GST) for the Lobster Broth Ramen, Tonkotsu Ramen and Prawn Wonton. Not too bad a price especially with the free flow side dishes, though we only had 1 serving of the side dishes and didn’t ask for more. I noticed from Keisuke’s website that the prices at the RWS branch was S$1.00 higher than at their other branches, which wasn’t too bad. Usually branches at tourist locations tend to a lot higher. This also meant prices at their other branches were even more value for money.
Keisuke Tokyo Ramen were delicious and the prices were reasonable. Service was good and the complimentary side dishes and water were a nice touch too. However, I wished our Ramen soups were hotter, steaming hot preferably. Mid-way through eating, I felt the soup had gone cold. Cold thick collagen based soup felt a tad too heavy on the tongue.
Keisuke Ramen has a number of branches in Singapore selling different types of Ramen and other Japanese food. I would definitely go back or try one of their other restaurants, though next time I would request they make my Ramen soup hotter.