Ah… I have had ramen cravings. Since coming back from Tokyo I’ve avoided having Japanese food for fear of disappointment. And who could blame me after all that ramen in Tokyo… I think overall my mum and I liked Ippudo more because it has better seating. Ichiran has a system where you order via ticket machine first, give it to a staff member, sit at a booth and then wait for your ramen. Great ramen but not so good if you went to eat with someone – you sit next to each other with a wall in between!
Ippudo shiomaru ramen
We didn’t realise each bowl comes with toppings so we ordered some extras:)
We went on a Sunday night – other popular venues such as the Little Ramen Bar aren’t open on Sunday. Luckily there wasn’t much of a queue and the ordering was rather quick. The place seems rather popular amongst a relatively young crowd and they have signs everywhere to instagram for a free green tea soft serve. Why not. I chose the shio ramen but found the soup a bit too clear. They say it’s their lightest soup and it is rather…light. Probably a bit too much. Very generous amounts of topping compared to Tokyo though with large pieces of charsiu and even wonton. The wonton wasn’t quite as nice as other places…
We tried Shizuku a while back – it was alright. They boast an impressive range of items and surprisingly it was easy to get a table at short notice.It’s a pity I didn’t try their ramen but here’s a photo of it!
After reading a few blog posts about Fukuryu, comparisons with Ajisen seemed to mention overcooked eggs. I have tried Ajisen at Box Hill recently and didn’t find this to be the case at all. In fact I was rather content with the corn ramen I had. The charsiu isn’t as nice as other places though but there aren’t that many places that serve ramen out in Box Hill so can’t be too picky – at least the egg was runny.
Kokoro Ramen has been my go to place for a few years. Even after trying out all the places above, I don’t think I’ll change actually. I like their tonkotsu shio ramen and they have the option of added corn.
So with all these places, I don’t think there’s a place that really compares ramen wise to that in Japan….It’s getting there though! Good sushi on the other hand is found with Shiranui and Komeyui and more! Let’s be thankful of that. And not compare to that at Tsukiji Market – miss the lines and go to Yamazaki near Sushi Dai:)