Ippudo @ Pavilion KL – My favourite ramen in town

I have heard so much about Ippudo Ramen – the new chain of ramen noodle restaurants in town. With outlets all over the world from Japan to New York to Australia and more, now the famous restaurant brand is here in Malaysia. It’s been months (or maybe years now) but Ippudo today has 3 outlets in KL – Pavilion, The Gardens and Bangsar Shopping Centre.

One weekend, while walking around in Pavilion, me and Hubby stumbled upon the Pavilion branch. I heard so very much about the great ramen there, and got super excited and dragged Hubby there.

 

A little intro on Ippudo Ramen

According to the Ippudo Malaysia website:-

IPPUDO was founded in 1985 in Japan’s ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King and CEO of Chikaranomoto Company, which encompasses some of Japan’s finest restaurants. There are over 65 stores in Japan, and globally in places such as New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. IPPUDO has become the most popular ramen restaurant over the years. Kawahara was crowned Ramen King in 2005 and holds a place in the Ramen Hall of Fame after winning the championship 3 times consecutively between 1995-1998, on “TV Champion Ramen Chef,” a reputable Japanese television show produced by TV Tokyo.

In a word – Ippudo ramen is the highest quality of ramen, with the best balance of ingredients, broth and noodles.

Simply a burst of pleasure in your mouth.

 

Ambiance

Ippudo Ramen, Pavilion - Entrance

Ippudo has a similar look and feel across their restaurants – wooden lines of wall forming vertical and horizontal stripes, with their logo in Japanese.

Ippudo Ramen, Pavilion - Ambiance

Inside, more wood. Hehe.

The place looks cozy inside. Dark lighting with wooden tables and cushioned red chairs. More vertical wooden lines and modern walls of bottles and hanging ceiling lights.

On one wall, where the “Hakata Ippudo” sign is, if you look closely, is a wall of the branding as well as lines of table spoons hanging in a grid. Cool!

On the table, it’s rather bare bones of your chopsticks and paper napkin. Once you place your order, they bring over the condiments to your table.

 

Menu & Pricing

Firstly, let me warn you that the restaurant is non-halal. The ramen noodles have pork belly in them, mostly. Which is what makes the broth and the ramen so good. 🙂

Having since been to all 3 outlets of Ippudo in KL, I noticed that the menu is the same in the Pavilion and Gardens branch. However, was slightly different in the Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) branch.

Ippudo Ramen, Pavilion - Menu (Food)
Full menu with pricing from Ippudo @ Pavilion (Click to enlarge)

Drinks vary from interesting combination of juices and alcoholic cocktails. And my favourite – Umeshu – Japanese plum wine.

Ippudo Ramen, Pavilion - Menu (Drinks)
Drinks menu (Click to enlarge)

Check out their full menu on their website here, minus the pricing.

Ippudo in The Gardens and Pavilion also has Lunch and Tea Time set menus. Their Lunch Set Menu consists of ramen or rice combo sets at RM 29.90++, available on weekdays only:-

  • Ramen Combo Set : 1 ramen, 1 side dish / dessert and green tea
  • Rice Combo Set : 1 rice, 1 soup, 1 salad / dessert and green tea

Tea Time Specials are for two, available on weekdays, between 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm, going for RM 28.00++.

These are very good deals, considering a bowl of ramen a la carte can range between RM 28 to RM 36 per bowl.

Additionally, every now and then, there are a number of promotions at each outlets, from Parent’s Day Special to Seasonal Chef Specials and Specialty ramens. Check it out on their website here.

 

Food

That’s what we’re all here for – foodporn.

Other than how delicious all the food looks when it’s presented to you, they all taste awesome. Hands down the best ramen I’ve ever had.

Now, let’s get to it.

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Ippudo Pan Fried Gyoza (RM 12)

The gyoza is perfectly done. Steamed and pan fried, just the way I like it. The meat inside is juicy and really didn’t need to be dipped in soya sauce or chilli oil that they bring to your table along with  the dish.

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Spicy Shrimp Mayo (RM 15)

This shrimp dish is absolutely delicious. The battered prawns and the orange coloured mayo was an excellent combo.

Ippudo Ramen, Pavilion - Pork Bun
Pork Bun (RM 7)

The appetizers were great. There were so many selection of buns, salads, chicken wings, fried stuff and more. Since these pictures were taken, I have been to different Ippudo branches, but almost always ordered the same appetizers dishes. They’re that good!

For the ramen noodles, you have a choice on the hardness of your noodles. From soft, normal, hard or very hard. Such a great idea that you get to choose this, as everyone has their own preference.

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Shiromaru Special (RM 34)

The Shiromaru Special is Hubby’s go-to ramen. It comes with salted soft boiled egg, pork loin and seaweed. A classic Chef’s Recommendation which Hubby said the egg makes the dish!

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Karaka Chashu (RM 33)

Me, I like a little bit of spice on my noodles. I went for the Karaka Chashu. Karaka-men is Ippudo’s original tonkotsu broth with special spicy miso soup, with simmered pork belly.

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With extra Negi, aka Spring Onion (RM 2)

Because I love spring onions… added RM 2 to drown my ramen noodle in them. Muahaha.

Ippudo Ramen - Condiments

The waiters will bring the condiments to your table with the noodle, which includes chilli powder, sesame and pepper. I usually drown my broth in loads of chilli powder. I was told by some friends that adding on the sesame adds a nice flavour, too. Personally I’m not much of a sesame fan.

 

Conclusion

Having had the same ramen a few times now, I can’t tell you how much I love it. Awesome comfort food, as the broth is so tasty and the noodle so good, you’ll likely drink it all in and clean the bowl. Even Hubby who’s not usually a fan of ramen or soup noodles, really like Ippudo ramen that he’s happy to suggest it again last weekend, when we were deciding what to have for dinner before a movie.

If you haven’t tried Ippudo ramen, I suggest you MUST make the visit!

While my last trip there was last Saturday at Ippudo @ Gardens around dinner time, there was the usual queue at Sushi Zanmai. Which I never quite understood. Ippudo is right enext door to Sushi Zanmai, but still had a couple of tables vacant. I love their ramen so very much, I wanted to scream at those people queueing next door to come into Ippudo instead! Ippudo ramen is so good, why are they not in here???

I want to bring my family to Ippudo for lunch / dinner one day. I’m sure they’ll love it as much as I do.

If you are a huge Ippudo lover like me, tell me – what other dishes should I try? Considering I almost always order the same dishes (as above), I think I should try something different next time.

 

Ippudo Malaysia (Pavilion KL branch)

Lot C4.07.00, Connection Level 4, Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,55100 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Tel: +60 (3) 2110 6233

Opening Hours : 11.00 am – 11.00 pm

Ippudo Malaysia website : www.ippudo.com.my

Ippudo Malaysia Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/IppudoMalaysia

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