Daruma Ramen House 達磨日式拉麵
English Address : 92E, Tung Lo Wan Road Tai Hang
Chinese Address : 大坑銅鑼灣道92號E地下
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Phone No. : 2565 6600
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Categories : Japanese | Ramen
Spending : $41-$100
Overall Score : 3.4
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Opening Hours: 星期一至日:12:00-15:00,18:00-23:00
Number of Seats: 16
Payment Method: Cash
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bk11 (5 Review(s))
Whenever I get a craving for ramen I drop by this small shop. I usually order the regular (non-spicey) ramen. I love the texture of the noodles, and how the soup doesn't have any msg. It's quite tasty (pork bone based), and one of the better ramen soup bases I've tried. Cost-wise it's about hkd60-80 for a bowl, so while it's not expensive, it's not cheap for a bowl of ramen. I consider this place more for a snack before or after dinner than a place to grab a meal. What kind of sucks is they close by 10pm.
Their side dishes are okay, but are definitely just a complimentary piece. Ramen-wise you can't really go wrong with any of your selections. One more thing to note is that you'll almost always need to share a table with someone.
Table Wait Time: 10 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD80 (Dinner)
Rating : Taste4 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money3
brianhk (2 Review(s))
Wow! I now know what all the hype is about in this restaurant.
After a 5 min wait we ordered a R8 and a R7. We ate the R8 well before anyone could take a picture of it. R7 is a non-spicy pork bone broth, R8 is a spicy sauce that is oh-so-mouth-watering
I really liked the way the egg was somewhere in between hard boiled and soft boiled. The broth was the right thickness and incredibly tasty.
I don't know what that thin red spicy topping is, but it adds a delicious kick to the soup.
When I got my noodles they were a little hard, but after about 1 minute everything was just right.
They use a digital stamp card for iPhone! It's buy 10 Ramen get 1 free! I really love the app.
Overall great experience. I'm really looking forward to my next visit here!
Date of Visit: 2012-04-18
Table Wait Time: 5 Minutes
Dining Offers: StampUp
Spending per Head: HKD70
Rating : Taste5 Environment5 Service5 Hygiene5 Value for Money3
A decent ramen shop that's worth a try.
梵高將軍 (221 Review(s))
Went here one day with a friend. Luckily, we were able to get in after about 5 minutes wait (it was 6:30 p.m.)
I ordered the spicy pork bone ramen and my friend ordered the original pork bone ramen.
It’s a pretty small but smart place. All customers had to sit on the same long table.
The ramen arrived extremely quickly, in less than 2 minutes, as we were able to place our orders while we were waiting outside. Pretty efficient service.
According to him, the original pork ramen is almost as good as the one in Ippudo.
My spicy ramen was pretty good – the noodle was of medium texture (not too hard nor too soft). The char siu was of good quality (about 6mm thick with fat evenly distributed). The soup base is slightly salty with spicy miso. It’s pretty thick. It’d taste much better if there was more garlic in the base.
I recommend putting in extra spicy miso provided by the shop. I still find the spicy ramen at Ippudo better.
Overall a pretty good experience. I will come here again to try out their original ramen if there isn’t a long queue.
Date of Visit: 2011-12-17
Table Wait Time: 5 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD80
Rating : Taste4 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
Daruma | A Wish On Tai Hang Road
Food Craver (182 Review(s))
After Butao and Yukitei, i am growing to love Jap Ramen. Jap Ramen to me before was nothing but Ajisen Ramen, but now I can see why people could get so crazy about them. I have also tried Ramen Santouka (山頭火), Ippei-An and 魔麵 etc, but I still love Butao the most. G. says there is another store she reckons is better than Butan in Gough St. , better go try it sometimes.
So back to Daruma Ramen. Last time I came at 3pm and their soup was sold out, this time I grew smart and came at 2.15pm when there is less traffic and the ramen house is still open. To my surprise, the restaurant was almost full house! There was a couple leaving by the time I arrived, so there was seats available. The restaurant is pretty small in general, the seating is rather packed.
The service is good and caring, the server would offer a change of seat once a nicer seating is available. Other than that, the "cup of tea" that Daruma offers is actually a cup of cold water! This literally save me from the hell hot sun out there.
Daruma House Special (達磨一品豚骨拉麵) $78
I ordered the most basic Daruma Pork Ramen which ranked 1st in popularity on the menu. There was 1 pork, 3 braised pork belly, a brunch of black fungus, Mentaiko and garnished with some seaweed, sesame and sharp shredded red peppers on top. Quite a nice looking ramen bowl I reckon.
Broth - The first thing to taste have to be the broth with everything else untouched. The soup was thick and strong in taste but not as slimy as Yukitei Ramen. After mixing the Mentaiko in, there will also be some spiciness at certain spoons which was yum too. The broth was palatable but was also very greasy. There would be a layer of mucous layer formed if left untouched for a while. This totally disgusted me, but I only figured it out after I polished more than half of the bowl.
Noodles - The noodles is white thin ramen which is of my liking! Although they do not ask for how chewy I want my ramen to be, they managed to make it chewy enough.
Pork - I had the pork belly first and found it extremely rough in texture even with fats attached on it. The Cha Siu on the other hand was very tender and yum! I was trying to fish another slice but realised there was only 1 slice per bowl.
Egg - The egg yok is nicely running and the egg had a nice color outer skin. It was quite tasty but the seasoning was a bit too salty.
Overall the broth and the noodles were both tasty but not the pork which is also pretty important for a bowl of ramen. Although I was put off by the greasy mucous layer forming from the broth, I would like to try the spicy ramen next time, also to check if the bad quality pork is an one-off thing or not. Despite the food, the hospitality is satisfying. One downside about the ramen here is they do not offer variety e.g. ramen's chewiness or how strong the broth, etc as other ramen stores did. Anyhow, its worth trying the ramen in here.
Recommended Dish(es): 達磨一品豚骨拉麵
Date of Visit: 2011-09-05
Table Wait Time: 5 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD80 (Lunch)
Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service5 Hygiene4 Value for Money4
bigreddog007 (2 Review(s))
This is my second time to try this restaurant and hope they can have some improvement.
Our arrival time was at around 1215pm and got the table after 20 minutes.
The ramen itself is not HOT at all, it happened not the first time.
The soup base of the ramen has no taste at all. I am not sure whether they have mixed it with extra water and I doubt if they have boiled it with pork and ribs for more than 10 hours everyday
The BBQ Pork is okay but very small portion
The texture of the noodle itself taste okay but the overall quality is very bad
I won't go to this restaurant anytime.
Date of Visit: 2011-08-14
Spending per Head: HKD75
Rating : Taste1 Environment2 Service2 Hygiene4 Value for Money2
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