By the same guys behind Standing Sushi Bar and Tanuki Raw comes this ramen and tachinomi (Japanese for 'drinking while standing') sake bar, which brings life to otherwise sleepy Waterloo Centre (a short stroll from Bras Basah MRT station). The ambience is casual with bar and table seats, so ask along a few of your favourite friends to hang out. Some tasty tries from the menu include the US Prime Beef Tartare ($13) served with a truffled egg yolk; the Loco Moco Don ($18) that sees housemade luncheon meat (you read that right!), foie gras and a sunny side up quail’s egg on rice; and the Char Siew Taiyaki Sliders ($14), a savoury twist on the fish-shaped pancakes with tender Nagano pork char siew. These are great paired with their curated selection of sake. Served in single cups that you get to bring home, try the Nyan Cup Junmai Ginjo ($28) for its lovely pear and musk melon aromas, or the Fujieda Junmai Ginjo ($29) for melon notes and a crisp finish. When you get peckish again, slurp down a bowl of their signature Sumo Ramen ($23) which sees slow-roast oxtail, braised beef tendon, sliced beef and a boneless short rib swimming in a tonkotsu based broth. All ramen orders come with free flow ajitama (flavoured, soft-boiled eggs)!
Avg Price: $30 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Wei Zhi Chiang