I turned my back on this place too soon! Seriously, it’s a great broth (still don’t like the gritty mouthfeel) but the flavour is there.
Check it out!
It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Menya Noodle Bar, I went for the black garlic tonkotsu. It’s good stuff.
I’ve included a review table for this round of reviews, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into at each establishment.
Broth: Good pork flavour with a mid thickness broth.
Noodles: Average sized serve. Curly and cooked well.
Meat: Tasty chashu, but nothing exciting.
Toppings: Tamago – one half egg, softboiled and tasty. Seaweed, scallions and the pink and white swirly things.
Setting: Little restaurant off of Market St that gets packed pretty early in the lunch hour.
Overall thoughts: Menya Noodle Bar is highly rated around the blogosphere and it gets really busy. It’s a decent bowl that doesn’t get tiresome until you get near the bottom.
Ratings so far:
1. Gumshara & Ikkyu
3. Ramen Kan
Ton Ton Ramen is upstairs in Chifley Plaza. They sell all sorts of ramen and donburi, amazing soba and udon soups and an array of prepacked meals.
Ton Ton serves its ramen in a deep, narrow bowl. Toppings include slices of decent chashu, a piece of seaweed, chopped spring onion and a large handful of bean sprouts.
Alarm bells started ringing when reading that their tonkotsu base was spicy. Heat gets in the way of taste, for me, but the call of black garlic was too strong so I went ahead.
The soup clung to the curly al dente noodles. It was not thick but seemed to have the right pork flavour. The spice definitely detracted from my enjoyment and the ability to taste the pork base. The serving size was decent and so was the price. If you love spicy things, this definitely isn’t hot enough, but you may enjoy it. I found that what I could taste of the tonkotsu base was not strong enough and the spice detracted from the flavour. I probably wont be making the trek out here again.
Next week will be the last ramen shop on my list, so stay tuned for further developments!
Ramalert! Hakata-Maru ramen is a new establishment on the top floor level of Paddy’s Markets. They serve super cheap bowls of ramen with super cheap sides. I went for ramen, no sides.
They keep it simple with a tonkotsu base served three ways; red, white or black. The red is chili, black is garlic and white is plain pork broth. I tried the black garlic tonkotsu.
The tonkotsu broth is milky but well-flavoured and the black garlic only adds to the yummy flavour. Extra servings of noodles are available for $1. It’s a good serving size, not huge, but cheaper than other joints in the area. The quality was good, with free pickled ginger, sesame seeds and a chili pickled vegetable substance on offer for adding to the broth by the patron. The egg comes with the serve but is nothing exciting althrough the yolk is nice and runny.
The noodles are a kind I haven’t tried so far, thin and straight. I’m not as much of a fan but they were perfectly cooked and did not become too soft.
I highly recommend Hakata-Maru for a good all round bowl of ramen!