There is no shortage of good Japanese Ramen in Penang but here's another one to add to you list- Kakuriyo Ramen at Pulau Tikus. Kakuriyo just started their business operations few months ago (somewhere in April 2022) and has garnered an appreciate following; the place is often crowded with fans waiting eagerly outside the restaurant during peak hours. The menu is pretty simple and straight-forward, only offering its best- Japanese Ramen... though it comes with different toppings and variations (mainly addition of Garlic Oil, Chili Oil or Miso etc). There are some other Japanese delights on the menu too; items are reasonably priced as compared to some established chain Japanese Ramen joints. But be mindful on the limited tables, this place can be less accommodating for bigger groups so do plan your visit ahead. Kakuriyo Ramen can be found right opposite to the back entrance of Moulmein Rise near Pulau Tikus Market.
Shiro Basic (Rm 16 with extra Rm 3 on Tamago)
Aka Kuro Special Ramen (Rm 26)
Sui Gyoza (Rm 12)
We started off safe by trying the Shiro Basic- a boldly flavored creation with creamy Pork broth. Diners get to choose the saltiness of the broth and for this, we went for the lowest saltiness level. It was alright but for those who prefer their broth well-seasoned, go for the medium level. The collagen-rich broth registered a bold porky note; I personally found it a little over while my partner in crime thought it was okay. We enjoyed the springy, slightly thin Ramen noodles though; we thought the texture was nice with al-dente bite. We also had the Aka Kuro Special Ramen- with Chili Oil and Garlic Oil added. The flavors were more complex than the earlier one and definitely oilier. The seasoning was slightly bolder and if you like your Ramen to be served with plenty of Japanese Char Siu, go for this.
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive. 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking:7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: Yes 10%
Government Tax: No
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: 016- 322 6314
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