Monday, 21 September 2009

Ramen Ya, Melbourne

Ramen? Yes, I'd love some for lunch! But where to go...

It must be a pretty tough gig to live in the shadow of another. Like everyone does when Yao Ming is around. Much like this little ramen joint, having to share space with the entrenched Kenzan @ GPO. The Japanese juggernaut with fine dining pedigree doesn't offer cut priced soup noodles, in fact it's a tad on the exy side so it must be pretty disheartening to see fully filled seats and a crowd of people waiting instead of floating next door for quick service.

So it feels like a bit of a sympathy meal when you eat here. A cloudy brown tonkotsu soup won't trouble most in Hakata comes with thinly shaved char siu, submerged springy el dente ramen noodles and garnished with chopped spring onion, half a hard boiled egg and rehydrated mushrooms. Having said that it’s still amongst the best in Melbourne. If a pork broth doesn’t appeal, there’s also miso and shoyu to choose from. And if you don’t feel like noodles, there’s also a selection of teriyaki chicken, katsu, curry and unagi packaged into bento boxes.

Next time you’re asked if you know a good place for ramen, you could easily respond “ramen ya, ya I do know”.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? Melbourne GPO Building, Shop 25G, 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC
What? Most $10

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