Ichi Ban Boshi is on the top floor of the Galeries in Sydney’s CBD. Numerous reviews for ramen shops compare ramen from other establishments and find it wanting – citing Ichi Ban Boshi as what they should emulate. I’m all for ramen tasting different because I think if every place was the same, it’d be boring.
Ichi Ban Boshi’s website menu is out of date, and disappointingly so. I was looking forward to the baked garlic Ninniku Ramen, which no longer appears on the menu. Instead, I ended up with the Aburi Chashu-men:
You may remember me raving about On Ramen’s tenderous pork. This is completely different. It’s tender, but the flesh still has some structure. It’s yummy and has a ribbon of melt in your mouth fat running through. It was worth the extra $2. The ramen noodles were a tiny bit thicker than usual with a nice bite to them, which remained through the whole meal. Both the noodles and the topping are highly recommended.
Sadly the soy based broth was a little boring didn’t hit the spot. My eating partner didn’t finish his broth either – very unusual! He had the Tokyo Ramen:
I may eventually have to return to try their tonkotsu or a miso based broth, both of which I think I may prefer. Tonkotsu is limited to 30 bowls a day, and I think they should add their Aburi chashu to it!
Another let down was the iced green tea matcha latte which so many reviewers praised. Chanoma cafe’s matcha latte float was a much better example, and I think the two are similar in price. Ichi’s was full of ice!
Overall, I’d have to say that this is not my personal favourite so far – and I still have 11 or so to get through! Make sure to check back next week for my next ramen adventure.