SINGAPORE: Ramen lovers, rejoice. Come October, Tsuta - the world's first ramen eatery to receive a Michelin star - will be opening its first overseas outpost here, it announced on Friday (Sep 23).
Tsuta's original store in Sugamo, which is just a few train stops away from metropolitan Tokyo, is known to attract snaking long queues before it officially opens at 11 in the morning. The nine-seater eatery only dishes out 150 bowls of ramen a day - though its Singapore branch is keeping mum about the number of bowls they will serve here, according to its press release.
Founded by chef Yuki Onishi, Tsuta specialises in shoyu ramen. To ensure quality, Mr Onishi has gone so far as to partner with a soy sauce brewer to concoct something to its specifications. The sauce is then blended with two other shoyu, and mixed with dashi (soup stock), forming a soup base that is unique to Tsuta, the release said.
In a video on Tsuta Singapore's Facebook page, Mr Onishi said offers to open overseas stores poured in after it attained Michelin status.
"But what distinguished the Singapore partner (from the rest) was simply the fact that he came, got in line, and actually ate my food," said Mr Onishi. "The other people who said they were interested in Tsuta didn't do that."
The Singapore outlet will be at 9 Scotts Road, Pacific Plaza. It will have 18 seats, where patrons can choose from three types of soup bases - shoya soba, which features a black truffle sauce; shio soba, which has elements of chicken and seafood; as well as miso, which promises to be "light with robust flavours".
Tsuta Singapore said Mr Onishi will supervise the eatery's kitchen to ensure it maintains the same standards as its flagship outlet, according to the press release.
No further details about the outlet's official opening have been disclosed.