IPPUDO, Japan’s acclaimed ramen bistro launched its second Malaysian outlet at The Gardens Mall recently, to the delight of its loyal fans and local foodies. The opening of this new store occurred a mere nine months after IPPUDO introduced its first Malaysian outlet at Pavilion KL in February 2013; and is a response to growing local demand for good traditional ramen served in a cool, contemporary setting. The menu at its new 81-seater restaurant includesIPPUDO’s signature tonkotsu ramen dishes and other best sellers from the original Pavilion location, as well as some new choices.
Ramen aficionados who are after something different may like to try the new vegetarian ramen dish that consists of IPPUDO’s silky noodles that are chilled and complemented by crisp vegetables, tossed in a special sesame dressing.
The launch event, held on the evening of 29 November 2013, was officiated by the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Shigeru Nakamura; together with Mr. Joji Ikeshita (Managing Director of Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) KL); Madame Emi Kawahara (wife of IPPUDO founder and CEO Shigemi Kawahara); and Dato’ Rosie Tan (Director of IPPUDO Malaysia). It was well attended by members of the Japanese business community in Malaysia and other special guests of IPPUDO. Attendees witnessed special sake barrel breaking and “noren” (i.e. the putting up of the curtain at the store entrance) ceremonies; and enjoyed a selection of signature dishes from IPPUDO’s menu.Yosuke Nishiguchi, IPPUDO emporium’s dedicated representative in Malaysia emphasised, “At IPPUDO,
we are not just selling ramen but a unique dining experience. We are very happy to be able to share the Japanese love of ramen with more Malaysians through the introduction of our second outlet at The Gardens Mall.”
“IPPUDO translates from the Japanese as “first wind” or “first of its kind.” Our name reflects the philosophy of Shigemi Kawahara – our IPPUDO founder and “Ramen King” – “to constantly innovate to remain true”. Till today, our master continues to reinvent classics and redefine recipes for a dish that first emerged over 300 years ago. True to our namesake and our aspiration to continuously live up toour founder’s vision, IPPUDO Malaysia is excited to introduce, for the first time, a vegetarian ramen. We specially created this dish in response to the feedback we received from our valued customers for more vegetarian-friendly offerings,” added Nishiguchi.
The interior design of this latest store at The Gardens Mall continues to carry the strong stamp of IPPUDO’s signature style. It shares the same “Matsuri” or “festivals” theme as IPPUDO’s first Malaysian outlet at Pavilion KL; yet has its own distinctive identity. A special feature of this new location is a wall covered with Japanese manga cartoons in 3 languages (Japanese, English and Chinese) that depict different ways of enjoying ramen. The new outlet also has a special VIP room that customers can book for private dinners and special celebrations.
IPPUDO at The Gardens Mall
LOCATION: T-218, Third Floor
The Gardens Mall
TEL: +603 2201 6238
OPENING HOURS: 10am – 10pm Daily
SEATING CAPACITY: 81 pax
SPECIAL FEATURES: VIP room that can seat 10 to 12 pax
IPPUDO at Pavilion KL
LOCATION: Level 4, C4.07.00, Connection Precinct
TEL: +603 2110 6233
OPENING HOURS: 11am – 11pm Daily
SEATING CAPACITY: 85 pax
SPECIAL FEATURES: Stylish and relaxing bar area where signature cocktails can be enjoyed