Food Review: Bankara Ramen @ Avenue KTuesday, October 28, 2014
Honestly I seldom go to Avenue K but my last visit turn out pretty good… Not only there is my favourite fashion store H&M there is also Sephora, (oh a heaven place for me) but there is also a new Ramen restaurant can taste some authentic Tokyo famous ramen in the spacious Avenue K. At Bankara Ramen everything reflects the authentic Japanese Samurai house from the furniture, ambient and decorations. Restaurant filled with dark coloured carved wood table and bench with huge Japanese Calligraphy written by Bankara Ramen's owner from Japan as the back drop, Japanese inspire colourful painting for decoration, texturised wallpaper and lightly dimed lighting.
It was raining that evening, and the warmth from the Ramen is very welcome by everyone!! We start off with some appetizer which is the Horenso Goma-Ae . It’s a healthy choice as the boiled baby spinach taste really light with a hint of sesame oil flavour and almost tasteless but in a good way as we can taste the original flavour from the fresh and sweet spinach. un like those in Korean restaurant, this is not entirely soft but with some crunchy texture for more chewable feeling.
There is also bamboo shoot, Tsumami Menma, I don’t fancy bamboo shoot but according to other blogger, it’s very appetizing…
Hakata Tonkatsu is the one most popular ramen around. The milky broth with rich flavour of pork bone served with Hakata style noodles is a divine taste everyone would love!.. We had Tonkatsu Chashu, chashu were more bite worthy type but I prefer the softer version one. Soup wise is really milky and smooth.
We then had our spoon scoop in the Ramen of the month, Shio Ramen. A very light soup based infused with complex flavour of rock salt, alcohol and spring onions. It has a very nice alcohol aroma but it doesn’t taste too strong alcohol just a hint of it... The thick noodle it’s so chewable, better and more chewable than pan mee texture!!!
The last one is Tsukemen Ramen, a unique ramen to me as the hot spicy soup is serve separately to be dipped with cold thick noodles. The broth is a mixture of pork and seafood (more on fish stok). Since the ramen is cold, it has the extra springiness compare to other ramen. The ramen served with chashu, bamboo shoot and dried seaweed which go well with the noodle.
Look at the fat and round rice grain…..Ohhh so delicious!
We end our evening with a smooth almond Dessert, Annin Tofu.... The smooth and soft jelly really end our meal with sweet ending. It’s not hard, soft and wobbly but not like tofu and not even close to tofufah…. You gotta try it to find out the texture! It’s a must order to complete your meal at Bankara.
I really enjoyed all the Ramen at Bankara. Each ramen has their own uniqueness so depends on your preference… Maybe you will like one of them or all of them just like me!!! One thing, if you fancy strong flavoured Ramen I think Bankara is not for you, they lighter in flavour but still a very good ramen and I actually prefer their ramen over other in KL. So if you are around KL area later, why not drop by Bankara for a lunch? Got to go for now!! Happy Lunching!!!