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Torasho Ramen and Charcoal Bar

  • Restaurants
  • Tanjong Pagar
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
  1. Signature Ramen and Fusion Tapas
    Photograph: Dawson Tan
  2. Torasho Ramen and Charcoal Bar
    Photograph: Dawson Tan
  3. Torasho Ramen and Charcoal Bar
    Photograph: Dawson Tan
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Breaking away from the main Tanjong Pagar stretch and meandering into Tras Street is a spot that serves up soul-comforting bowls of Japanese ramen and smoke-kissed tapas. Sporting both indoors and alfresco seatings for every occasion, the former features a relaxed atmosphere adorned with grungy concrete walls and larger-than-life murals while the latter is perfect for people-watching while having a few swigs.

Helming the kitchen is ex-Executive Chef of Hide Yamamoto, Chef Sho Naganuma. Best known for his tsukemen – a type of dipping ramen, thick bouncy noodles are served separate from an intensely rich tonkotsu broth that is savoury, oniony sweet and rounds off with a subtle smoky bonito finish. Paired with slices of succulent charcoal pork, crunchy bamboo shoots, half an onsen egg, and garnished with nori painted with the Torasho motif using egg white, the signature is definitely a must-order.

Then there was the crowd favourite Truffle Wagyu Dry Ramen. A melt-in-your-mouth wagyu nikomi that features a mix of lean, fatty and gelatinous tendon cuts alongside earthy mushrooms and black fungus. Expect all of that lavishly doused in an aromatic truffle ragout to delight both truffle and wagyu fans alike. But if you’re looking to spice things up, go for the Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen (Final Level - 3). A fiery and peppery spice mix is added to the creamy tonkotsu base to set your tastebuds ablaze with a long-lasting burn that lingers.

Of course, there’s more than just ramen. The charcoal bar offers bincho-grilled skewers, large format donabes that are perfect for small groups, and quirky fusion tapas that we couldn’t resist trying. The signature Ikura Nachos sees delightful light morsels of tobiko and ikura crowned atop salty crisp papadums and topped with taramasalata. Another rendition is the Unagi Nachos where crispy unagi is paired with bright tangy som tam (Thai pickled green mango salad) and laid atop papadums, a winning combination for any unagi lover.

Despite the bustling evening, Torasho’s crew stood out as they patiently catered to every guest’s needs, made great recommendations, and took the time to explain each dish. Yes, Tanjong Pagar may be littered with its fair share of Japanese restaurants but what won our vote of confidence to return is largely attributed to the quality and execution of the extensive menu.

Time Out Singapore reviews anonymously and pays for all meals. Read our restaurant review policy here.

What the stars mean:
★ Poor ★ ★ Promising ★★★ Good ★★★★ Very good ★★★★★ Exceptional 

Dawson Tan
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Dawson Tan

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Address:
32 Tras St
Singapore
078972
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sun 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
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