An invite to witness a 1-Michelin-starred Japanese ramen chef at work lured moo up 56 floors up to ION Orchard. The view was pretty spectacular. Feels good to be that high up and when it rains, one can clearly see the clouds, winds and rain movements.
This black dry ramen- Umami Ramen was intriguing. Reminded me a bit of a cross between thick, yellow egg noodles with the "kee" (alkaline water) taste and squid ink. Tossed with extra virgin olive oil, spiked with seaweed and a savoury powder (like dried solefish), and served with roast pork, it was no doubt tasty. I went for seconds. Moohehehe.
The ramen was made using bamboo charcoal and natrium water- an ingredient that supposedly made the ramen "lighter" and more easily digestible.
Here's Chef Yasuji Morizumi, owner of Japanese ramen chain Chabuya and Michelin-starred restaurant MINT, who was present to demonstrate the preparation of the above dish.
Unfortunately the dish is not served at the cafe but you can still get other bites like an Hor D'oeuvres set ($27.50) comprising Pan Seared Salom with Herb Crust, Ribeye Angus with Compressed Watermelon with Basil, Crab Croquettes with Saffron Puree, Baby Potato Skin with Creme Fraiche, Inkura & Dill, Pork Scratching with Apple Puree Sauce.
Sweet tooth folks can opt for the Dessert Set ($18.90)- Choux Puff with Green Tea Mousse & Red Bean, Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla & Pistachio, Blueberry Pie, Grasshopper Pie (Mint & Chocolate) and Strawberry Yuzu Tart.
Viva Japan Cafe is a temporary pop-up cafe that will end operations on 31st March 2012. It aims to provide a platform towards creating a community where lovers of all things Japanese can come together. Traditional Japanese arts and crafts will be on display and can be purchased online here.
Thanks to Shn Juay for the kind invitation.
Viva Japan Cafe
Tel: 6636 5156
Opens: 10am to 10pm daily
Chew On This:
Usually it costs $20 to visit the 56th floor but with the temporary establishment of Viva Japan Cafe, the fee is reduced to $16 and it includes a $5 rebate off the F&B bill. See the cool light that progresses higher as the lift goes higher? So amoo-sing! Alight on 55th floor and walk up a short ramp to the 56th floor. :)