Last Updated on 25/04/2023 by iEat&Eat Team
In Singapore, Ramen, a noodle dish from Japan, has been a beloved choice for a long time. With an array of options ranging from classic tonkotsu broth to innovative fusion varieties, there are numerous delectable Ramen eateries to select from.
The featured restaurants have been picked for their genuine flavours, the superior quality of ingredients, and overall dining encounters, making for a truly delightful meal. Let’s explore the list of 18 of the finest Ramen restaurants in Singapore without further delay.
1. Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King
Orchid Hotel #01-19, 1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867 | Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM / Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Ramen Keisuke is a well-known name among ramen enthusiasts in Singapore. Different outlets such as Tonkotsu King, Niku King, Tori King, and Four Seasons have their own speciality and loyal customer base.
Personally, I prefer Tori King since it is unusual to see chicken drumsticks paired with ramen, but Tonkotsu King at Orchid Hotel has managed to maintain its popularity over the years.
One of the reasons for this is the reasonable prices, as well as the free eggs, bean sprouts, and water that come with the meal.
Compared to other ramen joints, the broth here is thicker, creamier, and more flavorful because of the fatty and juicy meats. While the tonkotsu broth is generally smoother and milkier, it is not overly salty, though it can be too rich for some.
2. Bari-Uma Ramen Novena Gardens
No. 19, Tanglin Road, #B1-01/02, Tanglin Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909 | Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Bari Uma Ramen is a lesser-known ramen restaurant in Singapore, despite being popular with tonkotsu ramen aficionados.
Their first outlet, established in 2003 in Hiroshima, is located in the Tanglin Shopping Centre, tucked away in a corner of the older mall, making it somewhat challenging to locate if you’re not familiar with the area.
The restaurant is known for its delectable soups, which are sent directly from Japan, freshly made noodles, and well-grilled char-siu. The menu includes various items such as Nori Tama Uma ($16.90), Ajitama Uma ($14.90), and Kara Tama Uma ($16.90), which is a spicy shoyu flavour.
The Tonkotsu soup is prepared by simmering ingredients such as pork bones, chicken bones, chicken feet, and vegetables for over 8 hours. Compared to other ramen places in Singapore, the broth here is considerably rich and multi-layered with flavours, making it hard to resist slurping it up.
3. Hakata Ikkousha Ramen
Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-104B, Singapore 081007 | Opening Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM
You may have already heard of Ikkousha, the popular ramen restaurant in Japan known for its long queues, founded and run by Chef Yoshimura Kousuke.
The restaurant’s name is a combination of three characters: ichi (one), ko (happy), and sha (place), creating a place of happiness that has numerous outlets worldwide, including Japan, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, and the USA.
One of the main attractions for diners is the signature Tonkotsu Ramen, which is a speciality of Hakata-ku Fukuoka. The broth is thick, creamy, and foamy, made by simmering meticulously cleaned pork bones for over 12 hours each day.
The noodles are thin and long, made in-house to complement the soup, while the chashu is thinly sliced and seasoned to strike a balance between the ramen and toppings.
CQ @ Clarke Quay Block C #01-07, 3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022 | Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM / Friday, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM / Saturday, 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM / Sunday, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
IPPUDO is a renowned ramen brand in Singapore that offers authentic Hakata Tonkotsu ramen crafted by skilled artisans.
IPPUDO ramen uses four key components to deliver a hearty noodle dish that satisfies cravings and boasts a robust umami flavour.
The IPPUDO Hakata Kinugoshi Tonkotsu is what gives the ramen its tantalizing taste. It features a rich, white broth made from pork bones, authentic and springy ramen noodles, the restaurant’s signature tender braised pork belly chashu, and shoyu, a soy sauce-based kaeshi sauce.
For diners who enjoy a little heat, the Karaka Men Special ($22.85) is a must-try. This wholesome dish has a smooth pork broth base with a sweet and tangy flavour from a blend of spices, miso paste, and Sze Chuan peppers.
5. Ramen Nagi
2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B4-54, Singapore 238801 | Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM / Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Ramen Nagi, a chain that has expanded throughout Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the Philippines, was founded by Chef Ikuta Satoshi, the Tokyo Ramen of the Year 2012 Champion.
The brand’s four signature Ramen Kings include the traditional Butao King, made with tonkotsu pork broth prepared using the traditional method; the spicy Red King; the Black King with fragrant blackened garlic and squid, and the Green King with fresh basil and olive oil.
For a fundamental taste of the award-winning tonkotsu pork broth, I recommend the Original BUTAO King. (“Buta” means pork, and “O” means king.)
This tonkotsu broth is genuinely delightful, with a creamy, collagen-filled appearance and velvety smooth texture. The soup is lush and bursting with savoury umami, rich but not overly heavy, making it easy to finish till the last drop.
The noodles are made locally in a central kitchen and are of the long, straight, and eggy variety.
Paragon #04-09/K1, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 | Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Kanada-Ya is renowned for its Truffle Ramen, available in basic ($22.90), regular ($24.90), and special ($26.90) versions. This truffle-infused ramen is a favourite of Londoners and features a simple yet stunning Hakata-style broth topped with belly chashu, asparagus, and nori.
As diners wait in anticipation, the distinctive aroma of the truffle oil mixed with the signature tonkotsu soup base and the black truffle jelly topping made with black truffle paste fills the air.
Even the chashu is marinated in truffle, providing the ultimate truffle flavour experience.
The noodles are firm yet springy, perfectly complementing the signature pork bone broth. If you enjoy the thin, long Hakata-style noodles with a firm bite, this dish is sure to be a hit.
7. Tsuta Japanese Dining
313 Orchard Rd, #01-16, 31[email protected], Singapore 238895 | Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
The world-renowned Michelin-starred ramen eatery, Tsuta, requires no introduction.
One of Tsuta’s most popular dishes is the Premium Char Siu Shoyu Soba ($18.80), which comes with balsamic truffle sauce and has a delicate yet full-bodied taste.
However, my personal favourite is the bold and flavorful Crab Soba with Premium Char Siu & Crab Shell ($23.80).
This speciality dish is served with a slice of Iberico pork belly and Kurobuta pork loin, as well as a crab shell carapace filled generously with flame-torched Japanese snow crab meat, which has a distinctive tender sweetness. You can either savor the crab meat on its own or soak it in the soup.
Overall, Tsuta’s Crab Soba with Premium Char Siu & Crab Shell is a must-try dish for anyone looking for a unique and delightful ramen experience.
8. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
The Central #02-76, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817 | Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM / Saturday to Sunday, 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Santouka, a ramen eatery from Hokkaido, has been named the winner of the most delicious ramen noodle salt-flavoured soup category by the popular magazine “Hokkaido Walker.”
The ramen here has a springy, chewy texture and is accompanied by a salty, milky, and thick broth, perfect for the colder seasons.
The house speciality is the Tokusen Toroniku, which features a piping hot bowl of ramen in broth and a plate of pork cheek served separately. As only a few hundred grams of pork cheek can be obtained from each pig, the restaurant offers limited servings per day.
Overall, Santouka is a must-try for anyone looking for authentic Hokkaido-style ramen with a flavorful and hearty broth.
9. Sanpoutei Ramen
253 Holland Ave, Singapore 278982 | Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM / Friday to Saturday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Sanpoutei is famous for its classic Shoyu Ramen, originating in Niigata in Japan since 1967.
The broth is boiled for six hours using imported vegetables, chicken, pork bones, and two types of dried sardines, making it one of the few ramen shops in Singapore with a fish base in its soup.
Despite its clear and thin appearance, the signature shoyu soup stock packs a flavorful punch, with a light touch of fish umami that is not overpowering.
10. Natsuttei Ramen
Orchard Central #07-12/13, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896 | Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Nantsuttei Ramen is known to be one of the best ramen shops in Singapore, but it has been flying under the radar due to the lack of social media presence.
If you have yet to try Nantsuttei Ramen, I recommend starting with the most basic “Kumamoto” flavour.
The highlight of this dish is the rich and creamy tonkotsu-based soup, which is enhanced with black ma-yu, a roasted garlic oil that provides a distinct aroma and aftertaste.
The black ma-yu is made by frying garlic over seven phases and then mixing it into a perfectly balanced blend. If you prefer your soup broth to be thick and flavorful, this is the dish for you.