Famed Ramen Nagi from Japan opens Oct 12 at Suntec City, but its niboshi ramen is not on the menu

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Famed ramen chain Ramen Nagi from Fukuoka, Japan, opens on Thursday (Oct 12) at Suntec City.

Its chef-owner Satoshi Ikuta, 40, is in town for the 60-seat restaurant's opening.

The brand's entrance into Singapore comes via Mr Engelbert Farillas, the director of Ramen Nagi Singapore. His family runs the Ramen Nagi franchise in the Philippines.

In Singapore, the menu features its four "king" signature tonkotsu-based flavours: traditional Butao King (tonkotsu pork broth, $13.90); spicy Red King (blend of garlic, chilli oil and cayenne, $15.90); Black King (blackened garlic and squid ink, $15.90); and Green King (basil and olive oil in tonkotsu broth topped with grated parmesan, $15.90).

Diners can customise their bowl by selecting the richness of the broth, amount of garlic, spice level, ramen texture, and whether they want pork shoulder or pork belly chashu.

Its popular niboshi ramen - made with more than 20 types of dried sardines - is not available outside of Japan, says chef Ikuta, in order to ensure the freshness of the stock.

Chef Ikuta started working at the age of 20 at the famous Ichiran Ramen in his hometown of Fukuoka. He left in 2004 to set up Ramen Nagi.

The brand currently has 22 outlets in Japan and 28 overseas franchise branches.

There are plans to open four more outlets in Singapore within the next year.

Ramen Nagi opens on Oct 12 at 01-512/513 Suntec City Tower 2, North Wing (next to north atrium taxi stand), from 11am to 10pm daily. For more information, call 6821-1601 or go to www.facebook.com/RamenNagiSingapore.

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