Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yamagoya Ramen @ Solaris Dutamas

Another week, another ramen outlet invades another area; it's taken longer than expected, but it's finally Solaris Dutamas' turn to host a nice nook for non-halal noodles.

Ramen is freshly handmade here, with pork bone stock for soup flown in from Japan, where Yamagoya has more than 140 eateries, complementing branches in Thailand & Indonesia.

The specialty: Mukashi Ramen (RM24+), comprising the essential cha-siu, seasoned egg, seaweed, spring onions & bamboo shoots in tonkotsu broth. Warm & wholesome, filling & flavorsome, this hits the right notes. Can't call it the best in town, but it's in the Top 10.

Slake your thirst with shochu. Yamagoya's other ramen varieties include miso, black garlic & spicy tonbanjan, while side dishes comprise gyoza, pork cutlets & fried chicken.

We think this unassuming little shop will do well, luring many ramen fans in the weeks ahead. With its diligent service team & drool-worthy noodles, it definitely deserves to.

Desiring desserts, we took the Penchala Link from Solaris Dutamas & returned to Topshelf @ Taman Tun for its sweet treats.
Main entry on Topshelf: April 12, 2o12.

Panna cotta with a Malaysian twist (RM18++). Confidently textured for silky smoothness, creatively flavored with Gula Melaka & amaretto.

Champagne mille-feuille (RM21++): puff pastry with champagne-poached berries, lemon curd & chocolate glaze. Sweet-sour & crispy-sticky, it makes for a light indulgence.


Yamagoya Ramen,
A2-G2-8, Solaris Dutamas (outside Publika), Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily, 11am-10pm (11pm weekends).

Topshelf,
61, Lorong Rahim Kajai 13,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Tel: 03-7727-7277
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42 comments:

  1. I love my ramen with pork broth, good to know there are more choices for non-halal ramen in town now! :)

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    1. CK: yaaa, and since Publika is so popular now, it's good that there's finally a ramen specialist located at this building! :D

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  2. Devil, Monkey and I were just having a ramen-conversation earlier last night. Hurrah for more ramen in town! :D

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    1. Kenny: there might be an interesting story to this outlet! the manager appears to be a friendly japanese lady whose english is a bit tentative but whose enthusiasm is apparent! :D

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    2. We are so going to invade this ramen place...like tomorrow!

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    3. Qwazymonkey: heh, or today (it's still open for another four hours and forty-five minutes)! :D

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  3. Been craving ramen! The Ikuzo fails miserably. Though the prices are pleasant . I'm not sure if I prefer good and expensive or should be happy with mediocre and cheap.

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    1. TheNomadGourmand: oh, Yamagoya is more satisfying than Ikuzo, in terms of flavor. i think most folks would still prefer Marutama and Hokkaido Santouka, but Yamagoya's ramen rates a solid recommendation in my book, especially if you trying to avoid the Bukit Bintang traffic :D

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  4. Black Garlic Ramen??? This I must try...along with a pork cutlets =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, there's also fried ramen, for anyone who doesn't want soup. and a lot of the seasoning, for the chicken & pork side dishes, are also imported from japan =)

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  5. Rare to have an 'international' joint open in MY instead of SG. Probably it's cos SG already bursting at the seams with literally dozens of ramen places, so makes more sense to hit MY which seems to be just starting the ramen craze?

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    1. Timing: from what i understood from a brief conversation with the manager, their Yamagoya brand is trying to expand across Southeast Asia. they seem to have started with Thailand last year, Indonesia earlier this year, Malaysia now, and hopefully Singapore soon! it's a region-wide assault! :D

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  6. panna cotta with gula melaka screams yum!

    so which ramen place do you think is the best in town?

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    1. Michelle: oh yeah, i rarely order panna cotta, but this one definitely warranted a try :D hmmm, i suppose hokkaido santouka is KL's best, taking into account both flavor & variety, but i'm crossing my fingers that even better ones will open this year =)

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  7. I miss a good bowl of ramen!! I wish we had a Santouka here!!! :D

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    1. Vien: ooh, but there could be some good ramen specialists in your neck of the woods too! :D

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  8. I'd love to try the ramen. Which side of Solaris Dutamas is this? You know how lost I am around that place! :-D

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    1. Lemongrass: just 10 paces away from Plan B. same row and level as One Sweet One Night :D

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  9. pork stock flown in from Japan! Ramen in pork soup is simply heavenly. Slurpilicious!

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, quality control here seems to be pretty assured! :D

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  10. I think I'm going to visit Topshelf.. the food photos you have been posting looks pretty promising!

    Btw I love trying all types of ramen ;)

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    1. Baby sumo: oh, there's one problem about topshelf though: most of the French & Italian dishes that I posted about are only available for dinner (for now). For lunchtime, they serve simpler, more basic western fare. Hopefully they'll upgrade that soon though =) and yeah, I actually have a ramen craving right now! I guess this is what addictive really means :D

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  11. Pork bone stock for soup flown in from Japan? Thats not very green... nevertheless, will give this place a try just to satisfied my curiosity. =D

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    1. Smitten by Food: oh, here's the reason: the manager says they feel that the pork bones in KL don't produce a broth flavor that's the same as the one in japan =)

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  12. the shochu looks like 2 glasses of ice water! The soup looks really good as it's cloudy and I'm sure it's boiled for a long time.

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    1. Eiling: heh, u're right, i can't differentiate shochu from tap water, based on appearance alone :D the soup is good, with enough flavor to satisfy =)

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  13. I just came back from yet another Japan trip , spring sakura is super beautiful. and had some pretty nice ramen whilst there too :P
    how does this compare with Santouka and Marutama? for me, Santouka probably best in town, followed by Marutama.

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    1. Jeffrey: ooo, sounds like a terrific trip :D ya, i think santouka and marutama are still tops. this place might come in third :D

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    2. manage to plan it almost perfectly, sakura was almost full bloom when i left Osaka, but Tokyo was full bloom and withered by the time i left.
      the ramen tasted in Osaka's dotonbori was just ok. the best one for me still the one near Tokyo Dome , not far from Suidobashi JR exit. Chabuton at Akihabara and Kookai at the airport were very good too.
      anyway, hope to give this a try some day.

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  14. is this the best ramen in town now? ;)

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    1. Ciki: heh, maybe the third-best ramen! :D

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    2. Ciki: hmmm, i think hokkaido santouka is still the crowd-pleaser :D

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  15. Wow, looks fantastic. The food as well as the restaurant interior.

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    1. Thristhan: it's worth a visit! :D

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  16. More F & B at Solaris Dutamas! There are no other shops. What a foodie heaven - I hope they get enough traffic to support them all.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, i suspect that the saturation point will come very soon! definitely this year. and there will be casualties, unfortunately!

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  17. The most authentic ramen in KL, just like those in Japan. The service is very good too. I was there with Yen and hubby last night. SLURP, SLURP! LOL!

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    1. Quay Po: ooo I haven't been to Japan yet, so it's nice to know that the one here tastes truly authentic! And ya, the service here is a role model for many other outlets :D

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    2. authentic to Japan? i need to go one day and compare then. hmm.. sunday afternoon maybe.. guess its the imported kyushu tonkotsu soup .
      does this store have tsukemen ? anyway, thanks both, now i got another ramen option , although a bit out of the way for me.
      lol Sean, some colleagues and my japanese classmates asking me when is my next trip 'back hometown', they want to follow after seeing those pretty sakura pics. you should go there to compare the food too, and let us know what you think :)

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  18. ah, just came back from Solaris. I agree Yamagoya Ramen is one of the top 3 in KL. and yes, flavor is authentic. Still think Santouka's a bit more flavorsome. think service wise quite standard for all the 3 ramen stores. I'll still give Marutama an overall 2nd place though, but partially due to its location. Yamagoya and Marutama gives Santouka a good run for its money.

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    1. Jeffrey: great to hear that most of us are in agreement about santouka, marutama and yamagoya being the top three! hopefully we'll get a few more ramen outlets in KL this year that are equally good :D

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