Oct 19, 2010

Arashi Ramen 花月嵐


Address:    台北市松壽路20號2樓(信義威秀店)
                  No. 20, SōngShòu Rd, Sinyi District
Phone #:    02-2729-2128
Website: N/A
Price Range:   $$
Accepts Credit Cards: idk
Attire: casual
Good for kids: no
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating:  no
Alcohol: yes


Food Quality: 4 out of 5
Decor:  3.5 out of 5
Service: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.7 out of 5
Recommendation: Flavorful noodles at average market price.


Arashi Ramen is another chain that originiated from Japan that claims to be a TV Champion. I guess there are multiple TV Champions out there. However, I liked their bowl of ramen a lot better than Akasaka Ramen. The most popular Ramen is a garlic knuckle bone Ramen. The soup base is very salty, garlicky, and fatty. The noodles were cooked just right, it was not too soft, nor was it too hard. The Q factor of the noodles made you feel that you weren't eating a bowl of glorified instant noodles. The popular Ramen bowl includes two slices of chasiu, a sheet of seaweed, beansprouts, and half an egg. The beansprouts still had its crunchiness too it, which gave it a pleasing texture. I think my next Ramen binges will take place at one of their chain stores on this island. The prices of each bowl does not exceed 200, and they have plenty of side dishes to enjoy as well: like gyoza, pork cutlet, and potato wedges.

Wandering around Warner Viewshow in the Hsin-Yi district, I spotted an ad for a "TV Champion" Ramen shop on the 2nd floor. Incredulous, I gave it a shot and to my surprise, it wasn't that bad. The interior of their shop tried to look Japanese. They had those fake display bowls and all. It was not a bad decor, just cramped, but they have an "outside area" to eat at as well. The servers dressed in Japanese looking outfits, and I could see them trying to stick to the theme, so I will rate their decor a 3.5 out of 5.

Their service was prompt and friendly. We did not have to wait too long to be seated or asked to order. The way they did it was in a amiable fasion as well. Our food did not take too long to come out, and the servers were very attentive to our needs. Their service deserves a 3.5 out of 5.

The Ramen here was delicious. After trying 3 other places here, this one is my current favorite. I like things with heavier flavor, that's why the more common bone stock Ramen is not so appealing to me. The Ramen seems to be heavy in garlic, so those that dont like a lot of garlic should stay away. The stock carries a hint of sweetness to it as well. The noodles are what set this place up higher in my heart. They were cooked  just right, where the outer layer is semisoft, but the inside is semi tough. Makes it chewy, but not hard to chew and soft, but not soggy. I must've finished the noodles under 5 minutes. The chasiu pretty standard Ramen fare. If you are ever wondering what to eat before watching the next blockbuster, try Arashi. I give their bowl a 4 out of 5.

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