With Taro's closing in the CBD at the end of August, it occurred to me that I hadn't been to their Ascot store yet. So one cold evening when my friend asked me where we ought to go for dinner, I suggested that he drive me to Ascot to have a nice bowl of ramen there.
The store itself was very much similar to the CBD store, which meant counter service, and DIY drinks and condiments.
After ordering, we grabbed the sesame grinder and copious amounts of crushed garlic.
As usual, I ordered the tonkotsu ramen. It was delicious. The yolk of the egg was slightly more cooked than the CBD branch, but still within the range of acceptable standards. The noodles were served rather al dente. Again the pork was not fatty, and the oil had emulsified into the soup, which made it quite tasty and warming.
My companion got the red tonkotsu ramen. It was just as good as my tonkotsu ramen, but with the added depth of spiciness to the dish. With the added sesame and garlic, the bowl definitely packed a lot of punch. He enjoyed it very much.
Lastly, we shared the Gyoza, which was served with pre mixed dipping sauce. The gyoza was fried to a nice crisp at the bottom, whilst the skin was just the right thickness. It was thin, but not too thin as to break when separating the dumplings. The fillings were pleasantly juicy on the inside, and had a good mix of meat and veges. It definitely lived up to my expectations after my meal at taros on adelaide street. In my opinion, it fares much better than even the restaurants who specialise in dumplings and gyoza.
Price Range: $15 - $25 per person