Tokyo Ramen takes customers on an authentic exploration of Japan's beloved soul food, with restaurant founder Touichi Ishihara & his team bringing the steaming-hot comfort of noodle soups & rice bowls from their homeland to PJ's Atria mall, served in a calm, welcoming venue outfitted with a traditional water wheel, white cherry blossom replicas & Japanese artwork.
The familiar touchstones of ramen are all available here for Malaysians to savour, from the tonkotsu pork bone broth to the Tokyo-style shoyu chicken soup to a 'Dragon' ramen that showcases spicy miso flavours. We tried the tonkotsu ramen, with a medium-bodied golden base that pairs well with the noodles for a creamy, milky mouthfeel that - typical of Tokyo - is nonetheless notably lighter & less robustly intense than southern Japan's Hakata-type broths. Most servings of the fresh-tasting ramen here are priced from RM16.90++ to RM28.90++, with accompaniments that include pork cha-shu slices cooked for nearly three hours, seasoned eggs, minced pork meat, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, seaweed sheets, onions & leek.
If you prefer soup-free ramen, the outlet offers varieties like Abura Soba (RM16.90) - which translates into 'oil noodles,' reputedly hailing from Tokyo's Kitatama District - featuring ramen in the kitchen's own-prepared soy-based oil mix, tossed with everything inside the bowl for a flavoursome medley that patrons might find enjoyable in a way that evokes childhood instant noodles. The shop also promises tsukemen (RM21.90), or dry ramen served separately with a tonkotsu-based dipping sauce.
For a lighter meal or snack, the sake mentai don (RM13.90++) - warm rice blanketed with sliced & minced salmon, luscious cod roe, mayonnaise & seaweed - is a recipe we could happily eat over & over again. Other donburi offerings include rice with chicken curry or pork belly & spring onions, while side dishes comprise gyoza, tori karaage fried chicken, chashu stuffed in mantao buns, & chikuwa isobe age, or seaweed-laced fried fish surimi tubes. Many thanks to Tokyo Ramen for having us here.
Atria Shopping Gallery, T11, 3rd Floor, Jalan SS 22,23, Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Tel: 03-7496-5633