(32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Bangkok 10110)
After waxing lyrical about Bankara Ramen for years now to every Tom, Dick and Harry I met with a passing interest in Japanese noodle soup, I decided to forgo the natural tendency of opting for the Tonkotsu and decided instead to test the waters with a new bowl. The Banzai Tonkotsu Soy Sauce ramen.
It looked divine when it arrived at the table, and I stared over at my cousin who ordered the regular Tonkotsu with a .wry smile. However, on tasting it... it wasn't up to scratch. There was some severe lack of flavour, of depth. It just didn't hold a candle to the original. Lesson learnt. Don't change a winning formula.