No.18 Ramen is somewhat of an anomaly on Bridge Road. Nestled between miscellaneous, aging shop fronts—locals fuelled by the promise of traditional and modern ramen keeps this no-frills restaurant persistently busy.
Look out for the samurai soldier decked out in black sitting by the shopfront window. Once inside, you’ll find yourself hustled to a table and handed a menu, which rivals a small textbook. Comb your way through beers, sake, ramen and lip-smacking izakaya (tapas) dishes.
Untraditional noodle-filled highlights include the Hells Red ramen (yes, it’s bloody spicy) and the O sole mio, a cross between Italian pasta and ramen. If you’re unwilling to venture past your usual ramen borders, signature chicken bone stock ramen (ohako ramen) and an Ol’ Skool ramen is on offer.
Salmon nigiri, silky fresh tuna tataki and crispy gyoza are a handful of izakaya dishes to start your night off right. The Japanese Sake tasting set is particularly reserved for patrons ready to take the joy of ramen to the next level.
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