Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Ramen Ya @ Melbourne

We have always wanted to try ramen in tonkotsu broth so after reading about the hunt for the best ramen in Melbourne here, we decided to pop over to Ramen Ya when in Melbourne for a taste of the famous pork broth.
Ramen Ya

Name Card
The address I copied from the internet was different from where the shop is located so we were lucky to have chanced upon it on our way to the copied address otherwise we would have missed it altogether unless there is another branch numbered 350...
I love the interior which was decorated with giant vases of cherry blossom stalks!
As part of the set I ordered, genmaicha was served in a unique porcelain cup complete with tea strainer and cover. The design on the porcelain mug was very Oriental-ish and reminded me of ancient porcelain tableware in old Chinese shops. The genmaicha tea leaves had bits of roasted rice mixed in which gave the tea a much stronger aroma compared to instant genmaicha powder/ tea bags.
Cha Siu Ramen Set with Gyoza and Genmaicha (AUD 15)
  • Broth and noodles were good.
  • Cha Siu could have been better as they were not melt-in-your-mouth kind.
  • Boiled egg did not have runny yolk as expected to be the norm of Japanese ramen.
  • Gyoza was soft and small in size - you can easily pop the whole thing in your mouth. I thought they were nice but JS thought that he had tasted better ones.
Tsukune Ramen (AUD 11)
The ramen in tonkotsu broth with minced meat was okay only to me. Nothing special about it.
Takoyaki (AUD 6)
We could not resist ordering the Takoyaki after seeing it on the menu. The fact that the waitresses were from Japan added to our determination. The Takoyaki came with lots of bonito flakes but seemed to be missing the sprinkling of dried seaweed. The Takoyaki were soft with a moist center - much better than the Jusco Takoyaki in KL. Our only gripe was that there was insufficient filling (i.e. only a minuscule piece of octopus) and its small size.
PawPoints: 3 Paws
Ramen Ya
Shop 9 The Paramount
108 Bourke Street
Melbourne CBD
Tel: 03 9662 1001
Mon - Tue: 11am - 5pm
Wed - Sat: 11am - 9pm
Sun: 12pm - 4pm

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