Just when I was thrilled to find a new ramen restaurant in the local food scene, a quick search through Google revealed that RamenPlay is yet another F&B venture by the BreadTalk Group of Companies which already (by the way) owns Din Tai Fung, Food Republic, The Icing Room, Toast Box, Carl's Junior in China and not forgetting the popular BreadTalk bakeries which are already manifesting itself throughout Singapore.
So it kind of killed my joy upon realising that a mastermind company was behind all these popular brands!
The supposedly Japanese themed restaurant had a tinge of Chinese flavor in their dishes. The fried chicken cutlet tastes fine but somehow lacked the crispy breadcrumb encrusted exterior of typical Japanese fried food. The saucer of chilli marinated chives seems more suited to be served in a Chinese restaurant such as Din Tai Fung.
And the soy sauce marinated chicken wings are anything but Japanese right? It is similar to a local dish easily available at the economic rice (杂菜贩) stalls found in coffeshops and hawker centres.
The food is acceptable but given a choice, I would rather patronise Ajisen Ramen instead - for the sake of authenticity at almost the same price.