Actually, I didn’t want to eat at Takagi Ramen anymore after two recent incidents. One was at their Ang Mo Kio outlet where one of the staff was actually sleeping during the peak hours (dinner) and really, hogging one of the booths with the cushy seats. So annoying. Also, the entire place was so cramped that people walking past where we were seated had to raise their trays (with food on them!) over our heads before they could inch over to their own seats. Worse of all, one member of their staff accidentally spilled something onto our tiny table space and personal items. Then when we ate at the outlet at Downtown East, the chef (whom I don’t recognize) served up rather lukewarm food – ramen with almost-cold broth is disgusting, really. So when my darling said we should have dinner at Takagi Ramen today after popping by the Kalms vending cafe event at Downtown East, I was quite reluctant. (@_@) I wanted to dine at Founder’s Bak Kut Teh instead even though I’ve never eaten there before and am not adventurous when it comes to food.
Anyway, from the pic above, it’s obvious who gave in.
I do still have the picture from 25 June 2019! This guy in the renoma (I think) briefs was sleeping as the place was filling up with diners. So many people walked over here, saw the guy sleeping, and did a U-turn in disappointment / disgust / disbelief:
He might be ill. He might be really tired from holding down three jobs (who knows), but really… he should NOT be sleeping here, when the restaurant is open for business and a steady stream of customers are coming in. Anyway, why I did not send this piece of feedback to the owners of Takagi Ramen, I know not.
I’m never visiting the AMK outlet again. I like hole-in-the-wall places, especially in Japan, but I don’t want people carrying trays of ramen overhead anymore. Once is more than enough, thanks.
When both rows are occupied, there really isn’t any more space for people to walk:
Also, I kinda hated the chili crab ramen. So much hype, too much disappointment.
However, the saving grace today was that the awesome Chinese guy was the chef over at Takagi Ramen, Downtown East. There was one time I dined here alone and the chef forgot to add the egg into my ramen, and when I asked him about it, he quickly apologised and placed the egg in. And kindly gave me an extra serving of bean sprouts too. I seriously LOVE bean sprouts. Any sort of noodle I eat tastes better with bean sprouts. I really should start growing them at home myself. 70cents a pack over at FairPrice seems expensive, no? 😛
So, anyway, today I decided to ask the Chinese lady at the counter if I could have an extra portion of bean sprouts. She did not take my order (I’d done it all via the self-serve kiosk) but she relayed my message to the chef and TADAH…
I was blown away… an extra PLATTER of bean sprouts, at no charge?! What! I LOVE THIS CHEF!
So ok, I’ll be back! 😀 I love the Takagi Ramen (yes, the actual dish) and it’s so hard to find another dish that I like here. We ordered the Awabi Shoyu Ramen as well this time and the light broth is pretty good. I can probably order it again. 🙂
Anyway, dinner was the highlight. The Kalms vending event was quite a letdown. We’d all gotten push notifications via the app yesterday to say there’s an Opening event today at 4pm. A handful of people showed up before 4pm, including myself. We’d expected the lucky draw to be conducted, as was stated in the app’s notification. But there was nothing happening. Absolutely nothing.
There was this poster in store:
And some “prizes” I guess:
But when I asked the angmoh staff about the lucky draw, his answer was that as long as you’ve gotten the notification via the app, you’re enrolled in the lucky draw. HUH? So if you got the notification but don’t show up, you still stand a chance?! I find it so hard to believe angmohs. And you’ll only be notified much later if you win, and the company will then try and find a suitable day and time to get you your prize. I kinda got the ‘message’ that there’s no on-site lucky draw happening, or that maybe it’ll happen really late in the evening, so we left and went to Takagi Ramen. We left Kalms after 4.35pm because there was nothing happening at all. Got us to come by at 4pm for what sia?
But I DID get to purchase multiple items from the vending machine. The last time I was here, the part-timer was SO clueless. Items were stuck, app was down, connection was slow, and she took down my particulars and promised to call but didn’t. Today, the Kalms staff were out in (almost) full force so I happily purchased multiple items (app was still slow but nothing got stuck).
Super fizzy drink *burp* and a Doraemon snack I quite enjoyed:
Life. Full of discoveries, disappointments and delight. 🙂