Last week, my colleague and I had a booking for Otto. Fortunately (or unfortunately), he was struck down by the flu. Unfortunately, we both agreed that it would be a shame for him to eat at Otto whilst sick, so we cancelled the reservation. Fortunately, I convinced him that Ramen was the best cure for a cold. So we opted to go to Taros, which was conveniently situated right downstairs. Arriving just before 12, the restaurant was relatively empty, and we promptly ordered at the counter.
Aside from their full menu, they also had the monthly special, Iekei Ramen, which consists of the regular Tonkotsu soup with some added chicken oil to give it more stickiness, coupled with thick straight noodles. Obviously, I settled for that one.
We were given a number upon ordering. As usual, water and sauces were available on a self serve basis.
Our ramen arrived very soon after. My companion opted for the shio ramen. With its sea salt soup base, it was quite clear had a very strong chicken taste to it. It was served with curly egg noodles. My sickly companion enjoyed how nourishing it was and felt significantly better afterwards.
As mentioned, I had the monthly special, Iekei Ramen. Compared to the Shio Ramen, the soup was definitely far more thicker and creamier. The added oils on top ensured that the soup clung to the noodles with every bite. The charsiu was very tender, and almost broke apart as I lifted it from the bowl. I also enjoyed the egg, which was perfectly cooked with a half runny yolk and a well seasoned egg white.
We had two sides to share, the Karaage Chicken, and Gyoza. Whilst the ramen was as up to its usual brilliant standard, the sides disappointed us a little. The chicken was a quite soggy and dripping in oil, although well seasoned. The dumpling skin was a little thicker than it sued to be, and the base was more hard than crispy.