Keisuke Cineleisure

We finally went back for some crab ramen since it moved from Millennia Walk.

I had the light version while Immanuel had the rich one. I prefer this one. We were especially bloated, no fault of this place.

We’re learning to listen to our bodies and stop overeating.

Ramen Keisuke Kani King
Address:ย 8 Grange Road, #01-03 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 239695
Mon-Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 2am
Sat: 12pm – 2am
Sun: 12pm – 10pm

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Santouka

Husband and I went back to Santouka at The Central.

They revamped their menu recently (or have I just not been back in too long?) and the aji-awase no longer comes with a small portion of rice to have with the mixed soup.

The soup was still good though I didn’t remember it being that thick. I got really envious of Immanuel’s simple shio ramen which was a lot lighter but as tasty.

The free-flow kimchi was the highlight which made everything come together so well.

Santouka (The Central)
Address:ย 6 Eu Tong Sen St, 02-76, Singapore 059817
Mon-Sun: 11am – 9.45pm

Japan honeymoon: Okayama

Our JR Kansai Wide Area Pass was a difficult one to understand initially but it became easier once we took our first ride. The website in this link already listed down the lines in which the pass was valid for – but it remained confusing until we actually took the train from Kyoto to Osaka. It was cheaper to order online first than to get it at the station itself.

We activated the pass on the 5th day of the trip at the Kyoto station (very easy to locate, directions were provided in the pass package) and it was a blur of preparation for me. I simply decided to do that as we were heading from Kyoto to Osaka that day and it seemed a fine idea. It technically was, until I realised it wasn’t valid for the shinkansen, but the normal rapid trains instead. It was an alright journey but lugging our baggage in the semi-crowded trains was not that easy. For those who prefer comfort – the shinkansen would have been much better (but also pricier).

After activation, we realised the only shinkansen that this pass was valid for was the line from Shin-Osaka to Okayama.ย So with that, we were naturally inclined to make a trip there. The shinkansen’s significantly more comfortable than the other trains so it was worth the trip. We paid $108+ for our KWA pass and each ride to Okayama from Shin-Osaka was easily $36+ already. If it was just for that, it would have been enough.

But Okayama turned out fruitful (we really just expected a comfortable train ride) as there was a very pretty garden there: The Korakuen.

There was also a castle but we skipped it. The garden was sufficient to captivate us.

Our packed lunch
Wagyu katsu sandwich from Shin-Osaka station
Grilled chicken bento from the train platform. We just had to after our bento-fail.

Upon reaching the station, we found a bus to get us there.

Interesting bus systems they have here. Printed the number and we just had to track the bus screen for updates on our fare based on this number stop.
Beautiful foliage from the bus stop on our way to the garden

Too many koi
Always love looking at ducks

Targeted a couple to take our photo for us. He took many, while his partner stayed at the side to QC. What a sweet pair ๐Ÿ™‚

The colors โค

 

Please indulge us tropical city-dwellers who don’t get to see this often. Everywhere we turned in the garden was just too beautiful and filled with colours and shapes that are uncommon to us. I snapped so many photos that I don’t know what to do with them. Actually, I don’t know what to do with many photos that I’ve taken over the years.

After the garden, we got hungry we did a quick TripAdvisor search and saw that there was an Ippudo conveniently located on the walk back to the JR Okayama station.

I finally found a thick curly noodle ramen in Japan! It was a winter special (I think) and I’m glad we came here to have it. Somehow the famous ones are all the thin noodles. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Possibly the best gyoza I’ve had in years… Even better than the Horai 551 in my opinion. Regretted pushing for the smaller portion… I usually get jelat from gyozas easily but these were light and tasty.ย 
Free flow marinated bean sprouts!

It was a fruitful time in Okayama – somewhere we only thought of going to utilize our KWA pass.

Good job to us on our first successful day trip.