14th March 2019 – (Hong Kong) If we were to compile a NEVER AGAIN list in our food review, we are pretty certain that the fairly new Rakuraku ramen which was opened by Taste Gourmet Group Limited on Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai by end of last year would top the list. As ramen aficionados, we would give this place a thumbs down as both of us had food poisoning after eating two different types of their ramen i.e. BBQ Pork & Fried Chicken Tonkotsu Ramen (HK$88) and Sakura Shrimp and Broth Ramen with BBQ Pork (HK$82). At press time, we are still suffering from the effects of food poisoning from yesterday. We also ordered an additional Seafood Stone Pot Rice in Thick Lobster Soup (HK$48) as a side dish. The restaurant was close to empty despite the fact that we were there at 6.30pm.
Frankly, we would rather pay HK$16 for a bowl of noodles with dumplings at our neighbourhood Char Chan Teng than to eat this fetid ramen which was cooked with not-so-fresh ingredients. When compared to other ramen establishments of the same category, Rakuraku is their hollow echo, parroting back a faded, carbon-copied version that takes no risks and contributes little to the highly competitive ramen scene in Hong Kong.
There are only two words to describe the flavour of the shrimp based broth – dull & fishy. Even though we chose the firm texture for the noodles, they were soft and not chewy. The fried chicken tasted as if they were fried and left in the fridge overnight. Similarly, the fried lotus root on top of both noodles had a bland, rancid flavour and tasted as if it was left in the kitchen for a week. We strongly recommend ramen enthusiasts to give this place a pass.
Shop G30, Lee Tung Avenue, Wanchai.