Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re not hungry from all the food talk yet because there are still several more food posts coming up and they are just too good to be missed. I have obviously been procrastinating too much lately. Blame the exams! ūüĎŅ

Bf frequents Bugis area a lot because he goes to the infamous Sim Lim Square to satisfy his gaming needs. Very often, he would take a faster route via Rocher Road to get there because Bugis Street is always too crowded, and he would notice this long queue of people outside a restaurant snaking down the street. Upon closer look, he realised that people were actually queuing for a Ramen restaurant, or Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons (Keisuke for short) to be precise, apparently very widely talked about online.

We are also Ramen lovers! How could we not know of its existence? Curious, we decided to check it out together one day when we were at Bugis to find out what the craze was all about.

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Seems like the norm in popular restaurants nowadays! Great, I love this system. Fair and square.

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Good service! Too bad we didn’t have the chance to try it haha.

We went at about 1pm on a weekday when everyone else was working, so there was no queue at all! We managed to get a table in a jiffy.

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Yay free stuff makes everyone happy!

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Beansprout is free! This is the main pot which you are supposed to get your own servings from.

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Grinder for the sesame seeds that you can add to your Ramen. The added seasoning brings out the different flavour of the soup.

Orders are made by filling out the order chit which you are able to choose the taste of the broth according to your preference! Keisuke is pretty flexible in this aspect as it allows you to choose the strength of the taste of your soup, its oiliness and the hardness of the noodle texture. Once completed, the service staff would collect it from you. Payments are made at the cashier after the meal.

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Price list (excluding GST and Service Charge)! The one on top was Bf’s. Mine’s right below.

We opted for everything that the restaurant recommended. Trust the experts! Hahaha.

There are only FIVE main dishes – the Ramen – to choose from: Spring¬†(Basil & Cheese), Summer¬†(Spicy Pork Minced), Autumn¬†(Pork Minced with Bonitos Flavour & Fried Mixed Mushrooms), Winter¬†(Pork Broth) and King (Stir-Fried Pork with Ginger on top), thus the name “Four Seasons”.¬†The variety is very limited but that’s exactly what’s keeping customers coming back! And trust me, you don’t need anything more to satisfy your hunger. The portion is actually quite big.

Here’s what we ordered!

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Green Tea Cola

It’s a Japanese Green Tea-turned-fizzy drink, oh my Goodness!

Best. Cola. Ever.

You could still taste the Green Tea, albeit sweetened. It tasted so good, we wanted to get another bottle! I don’t think you can get this anywhere because it’s actually self-manufactured ūüė¶ But I did stumble upon a news about Green Tea-flavoured Coca Cola drink! C’mon, Japan, export them pleeeease! Sharing is caring right ūüė¶

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My Autumn Ramen with Special Toppings (meaning everything)

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It’s so friggin’ good…..

This is highly recommended among all the seasons-named¬†Ramen because the broth is very flavourful and thick (even though I asked for “normal” taste so can you imagine how thick is “thick”?). The mushrooms dominated the taste bud but because it’s so strong,¬†you may grow sick of it towards the end.

The noodles were so springy, the soft-boiled eggs so chewy and the yolk was almost runny. Perfection. But I didn’t quite like the pork chashu because it was rather tasteless on its own and also quite difficult to chew.

Still, this is one of the best Ramens I’ve had¬†in my 24 years of life.

However, I probably won’t be ordering it again the next time I patronise because…

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Bf’s King Ramen, also with Special toppings

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The best among all!

There is something even better! It’s called the King Ramen, and boy does it really live up to its name.

The danger of ordering this is that I’d probably drain out the soup before I even dig into the noodles because the soup is just too delicious. If I could use an expletive description, I would totally use on this. But I shall refrain from doing so because I’m a good girl. And also because I want this blog to remain safe for kids. Hahaha.

Likewise, the broth was an explosion of flavour, sweet, savoury and tangy. I know because I took a sip of it and I immediately regretted my choice afterwards. ūüė¶

It’s also more value-for-money because it has more toppings than the rest and it’s only an additional of S$2!

And if you guys noticed, every flavour of Ramen a Keisuke has its own bowl design. I like that they get down to the specifics. I’ll definitely want to get the black bowl next time.

Alright, that’s all for this post!

Thanks for reading ūüôā

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons
158 Rochor Rd (beside Bugis Street)
Singapore 188433
Operating hours:
Mon to Fri: 11.30am –¬†2.30 pm, 5pm –¬†10.30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 11.30am – 10.30pm
*Restaurant may close earlier if soup stock runs out

Staycation at Hotel Clover 769

Hey everyone!

Last Thursday marked the fifth year since my boyfriend and I got together and to celebrate that special day, boyfriend booked a room at a boutique hotel among the many quaint shophouses at Kampong Glam (Bugis) so that we could hang out ’til late that night without having to worry about our transport back home. He also wanted to take a break after his five-week¬†practicum and¬†since school is reopening the following week, he thought it’d be great to have a staycation this week before both of us get busy again!

We have stayed at numerous starred hotels (local and overseas) and we really enjoyed the experience because of the nice deco, room service and the comfort of the beds. We have even taken pointers from how the rooms are designed for our future home and the best inspirations have got to be from boutique hotel which rooms are about the same size as the bedrooms of HDB flats today. I swear, if we are financially fit to stay in hotels every week, we would!

Boyfriend stumbled upon Hotel Clover 769 while browsing Agoda and was attracted by the relatively low rates ($150/night after discount) for a four-star hotel near the city. He booked it immediately without seeking my consent -_-

The hotel is located about 10 minutes away from Bugis MRT station. To get there, you have to go by exit B of the MRT station (towards Golden Landmark) and walk straight ahead until you see Santa Grand Hotel.¬†Turn right into the small road and you’ll see the two-storey Hotel Clover sitting on the other end.

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Definitely not as bright as depicted in the picture but yes, that’s how it looks like. The hotel looks a little run-down from the outside but it’s really not the case! ūüôā

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Hotel entrance

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You will be greeted by a range of vintage memorabilia

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You can be rest assured about the cleanliness¬†of the hotel (not literally.. you know, some hotels are meant for quick rendezvous, right?)¬†because all occupants are required to check-in and register for the room. I didn’t know about this policy so I went without my identity card. But they were pretty flexible and accepted my student EZ-Link card because it also indicates my IC number.

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Found at the entrance of the corridor towards all the rooms

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Another piece of vintage ornament

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This place is filled with inspirational quotes (on walls) lol. I love the typeface, so artsy fartsy!

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The brightly-lit corridor

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Our room! It’s the first room along the corridor

Hotel Clover offers four types of room: Clover Single, Clover Select, Clover Plush and Clover Lavish. The first two are the smallest rooms in the hotel (but still rather spacious for two occupants) without window while the last two are more roomy with windows. The best is, no doubt, the Clover Lavish which has an outdoor Jacuzzi. We opted for Clover Select and was pleasantly surprised by the room layout:

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The mini bar. It has the usual essentials such as a safe box, hangers, good quality teabags, a kettle and plenty of cups with teaspoons. Hair dryer is also provided in the first drawer below – something I really appreciate because I hate requesting for it from the concierge coz¬†I’d be obliged to give tips. #miser

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A TV big enough to watch from the bed

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There is a foldable table top at the bottom of the TV. Great if you’re planning to do some work on your laptop!

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Our double bed, crumpled because boyfriend decided to lie on it before this photo was taken.

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Right beside the bed hung two (vanity) mirrors on the wall! Now you know who slept on the left side of the bed! ūüôā

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Simple yet elegant ornament on the wall to remind you where you are!

Now let’s check out the gorgeous toilet!

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There are two water sources for showering, one of which is ceiling-mounted! Can you see it in the picture? Boyfriend loves this kind of shower head coz he likes to imagine himself “singing in the rain” rofl. But I don’t unfortunately. I prefer to have full control of the water direction, so detachable shower heads (also in the picture) for me any time!

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The sink!

Oh by the way, the toilet door has no lock. So be sure to only sleep in the same room with someone you trust ūüėČ

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Bedroom slippers made of THICK, QUALITY, STRUCTURED fabric (can’t tell what exactly that is) that won’t spoil so easily. I’m so impressed. It’s probably the best bedroom slippers I’ve gotten so far. (Psst, took one pair home)

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The only decent picture of us.. and boyfriend’s signature pose lol

I went to bed at 4am as I was immersed¬†with tuition lesson preparation (yes, still had to work the next day) and got up at about 9am for breakfast! I expected breakfast buffet like any other hotels but when we went to the dining area,¬†we were told to choose between “Western” or “Asian” breakfast. Puzzled, we took a quick glance at the buffet¬†table and¬†saw only bread, condiments, cereal, beverages and utensils there. So yes, the young chef was¬†definitely¬†going to¬†make us breakfast! We chose the Western¬†one.

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Cereals and beverages

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Branded teabags which can also be found in the room’s mini bar

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Bread and a small toaster. There are also three kinds of cheese (far left) to go with your toast.

We were excited because even at the cheapest hotel we had been to, breakfast was self-service. But when the food came, disappointment took over. The portion was miserably small for any adult, especially my boyfriend who is a pretty big eater.

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Western breakfast consists of a sausage, four potato wedges and a decent scrambled egg

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Trying to make the food look good coz the taste is a letdown

This does not justify the long waiting time of 10-15 minute, honestly. Furthermore, the potato wedges were served cold and the others were not steaming hot. They were in fact lukewarm which could suggest that they were already prepared beforehand. So what was taking them so long? Moreover, the kitchen was just right beside us :\

The breakfast didn’t leave boyfriend’s tummy satisfied so he asked if he could get another serving of sausage and eggs (he hated the wedges and gave some to me) but was told that each patron was only entitled to one breakfast plate. Feeling famished, he offered to pay for it¬†but the hotel staff quoted him S$20++ just for ONE sausage and some scrambled eggs. Are you kidding me?!¬†That’s tantamount to daylight robbery! Of course, we weren’t out of our mind so¬†we politely declined the purchase. In the end, we¬†had to fill out stomach with Honey Stars and orange juice (plus some pasta from Pastamania afterwards).

Anyway, the breakfast they served were of mediocre standard because they were served near-cold. They weren’t generous with the portions especially with that four sad-looking wedges over there, but that’s okay because they were so cold stiff and dry I wouldn’t want anymore of them. Most of the patrons left the dining area with only half of their portions eaten. I also caught a glimpse of the Asian breakfast on someone else’s table. It’s a rice dish which I’m sure is more filling than the Western one, but the taste could be equally bad because many people didn’t finish it as well.

I wouldn’t call that dining area a restaurant too because they don’t serve lunch and dinner. In other words, the dining place would be closed after they are done with breakfast at 10.30am. They had very limited tables and chairs as well so I’m not sure if it would fit everyone if the hotel is fully booked?

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Indeed, my hungry belly was telling me to be displeased

I’m certainly very satisfied with our room but I wouldn’t say the same for breakfast. ūüė¶

UPDATE: They have improved their breakfast! Scroll all the way down for pictures! ūüôā

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Saw this on our way back to the room. I have no idea what “The Powder Room” is but it must be somewhere cool to have its name listed on the wall. And that Er Hu is real! (Coz itchy-hand Boyfriend went to strum it)

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There is this relaxation corner beside our room! The roof isn’t covered (I think) so it’s open air.

All in all, it was a great staycation if not for the awful breakfast.¬†I wouldn’t mind going back again but I will definitely prepare my own breakfast next time! I’d give this hotel a 3.5/5.

Hotel Clover was also recently featured on Groupon. Damn, we would have saved so much more if we had seen it! ūüė¶

**UPDATE**

We decided to give Hotel Clover another chance (at our own expense)! We went back again in November and this time, it was for a birthday staycation.

And I’m glad they’ve improved their breakfast drastically since our¬†feedback. Food came way faster than before too!

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Western breakfast! They added baked beans, ham, an extra sausage and more greens!

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This is so much better!

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I got myself Asian breakfast this time and looking at the Western one, I kinda regret my choice hahaha.

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Likewise, they added more greens and I think the sausage is new too! LOVE the runny egg! However I wish they told me it was going to be Bee Hoon (I thought it was gonna be rice) because I don’t really like Bee Hoon ūüė¶ Still, overall taste was great!

Let’s take a look at their buffet table.

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This has no change. Not that I complained anything about it the first time haha.

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They added fruits to the buffet table! Whoopee!

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Open concept kitchen! Just right next to us.

Also worth mentioning is the excellent hotel service (which has been commendable since our first stay there). Our initial room had very weak Wi-Fi coverage so I requested for another room, which the concierge gladly complied! Everything was settled within 10 minutes. And we love our new room – it’s so bright and convenient (it’s the very first room near the entrance) and of course, the Wi-Fi signal was superb!

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The TV strategically covering the window because our room was on the ground floor and anyone walking past would be able to look in haha.

It’s always encouraging to know that business owners are listening and are constantly improving based on¬†customers’¬†suggestions. With that, I will definitely be going back again!

Alright, that’s all for this post! Thanks for reading ūüôā

Hotel Clover 769
769 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198737
Main: (+65) 6340 1860
Fax: (+65) 6340 1869
Email: sales@hotelclover.com.sg /
enquiries@hotelclover.com.sg
Website: http://hotelclover.com/