If a ramen restaurant called 财神 (Cai-Shen) Ramen shop was to open in Singapore, I doubt it will attract much diners and attention.
However, Daikokuya really means God of Wealth in Japanese. Of course, not the Chinese version. But they mean the same thing.
I believe this Daikokuya was brought in from Japan, and it must have been a ramen chain shop in Japan, though I cannot confirm this. Daikokuya was brought in to Singapore from the people behind the Japanese restaurant in Illuma.
The seats are quite comfortable, especially those semi-circle seats. For more privacy, do ask the serving staff to give you seats in the inside of the restaurant.
While we were there, we saw MediaCorp artists 郑格平, 洪惠芳 and their children leaving the restaurant. Quite a famous celebrity couple after being featured in numerous Government-sponsored and commercial ads on TV.
Tonkotsu Cha Sha Ramen (S$15.90) - Pork-based soup ramen with sliced roast pork. This ramen belongs to the family of Kyushu Tonkotsu Ramen. A rich flavorful and cloudy pork broth served with thin and straight noodles, accompanied with toppings like bamboo shoots, naruto (fish cake), chopped scallions, sliced cha shu (pork belly) and kikurage (wood ear mushroom).
Taste of the broth was too weak. Definitely no where near the flavourful broth of Miharu or Tampopo.
Daikokuya Maze Ramen (S$12.80) . It's the Japanese version of "Mee-Kia tar".
Dry ramen noodles seasoned with aromatic garlic sauce and topped with corn, kikurage, soft boiled egg, sliced char siew, beansprouts and chopped scallions.
The noodles are springy as they are served "dried" here, with flavourful sauces. Initially, I thought the garlic sauce will be overwhelmingly strong, but it was quite subtle and I enjoyed this dry version of ramen very much.
Okonomiyaki Gyoza (S$9.20 for 10 pieces) - Pan-fried dumplings with okonomiyaki sauce & mayonnaise. The Gyoza are of excellent quality and quantity. Big juice and very flavourful.
My conclusion is that yes, I will be back just for the dry version of the Ramen, and also the Gyoza. Heard their dessert is good, so may try it next time too.
Daikokuya Ramen Dining
290 Orchard Road
Paragon Shopping Centre