Ramen Play was packed on a Saturday night at approximately 7PM, with the queue spilling out of the main door. After we were seated, we realised that there were ample seats in the seating area on the second floor but there was a severe lack of staff. On the up side, the staff were attentive and service wasn't particularly lacking.
We ordered the Butariki Ishinabe, Hiyashii Chuka Ramen and the Chicken Toji Set.
With the Butariki Ishinabe being one of their signature dishes, we had high expectations for it and it definitely did not fail to disappoint. The sauce was drizzled on the rice contained in the hot stone bowl and the combination of the egg yolk, rice, pork strips and sauce was amazing. A plus would be the charred bits of rice at the bottom of the hot stone bowl that added crunch to the meal.
The Hiyashii Chuka Ramen was a cold dish available on the menu and the noodles were soaking in a sauce with the distinct taste of vinegar. It was topped with a generous serving of shredded ham, cucumber, egg, as well as chicken. A grinder with sesame seeds was also provided - allowing you to top your ramen with sesame seeds. Doing so really accentuates the flavours present in the noodles.
The Chicken Toji Set was a hot claypot of eggs and onions cuddling an entire chicken katsu. The set came along with a side salad, rice and miso soup. The combination of eggs and the chicken katsu was really good but this dish was not particularly outstanding, especially in comparison to the Butariki Ishinabe.
As for beverages, we ordered the Yuzu Yoghurt and Oreo Shake. The Oreo shake was topped with a biscuit and was sufficiently chocolately with generous amounts of Oreo blended into it. As for the Yuzu yoghurt, it was refreshing, had the right balance of sweetness and sourness - definitely my favourite drink from Ramen Play.