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The Ramen Diaries: Ikkyu revisited

It’s now time for round two, the review of the best reviews.
For my second visit to Ramen Ikkyu, I went for the same bowl as last time, Ikkyu Shoyu. It’s too hard to go past a winner. My dining partner also went for the same dish – the Seaweed ramen with paitan broth.
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: Thick, deep flavour of fish and chicken. Paitan broth is to Ikkyu what Tonkotsu broth is to Gumshara. If you’re into soup with deep, complex flavours then this is where you want visit.

Price: $10.50

Noodles: Thin and fairly straight. Generous serve. Free kaedama available (t&c apply)

Meat: Three slices of pork belly. Delicious sweet flavour. One piece was slightly chewy.

Toppings: Bamboo shoots – best so far, crispy, sweet. Tamago – one half egg, sweet on the outside with a soft slightly running yolk. Spring onions, spicy black fungus, and bean sprouts. Beautiful presentation.

Setting: Dixon St Food court – not quite enough tables but nice surroundings.

Ikkyu Shoyu

Ikkyu Shoyu

As you can see, my delicious paitan broth with soy sauce, covered in quality toppings, filled with noodles…

Ikkyu Seaweed

Ikkyu Seaweed

If you like seaweed, you’ll love this dish!

Overall thoughts: Ramen Ikkyu shines in a sea of otherwise mediocre ramen. The head chef comes from Blancharu. He started this business because he really believes in it – and that shines through. This is not ramen slopped into a bowl to appease the masses, it’s a fantastic meal that leaves you both full – bursting at the seams – and wishing you could eat more! the complimentary Kaedama doesn’t help one bit!

I’m rating Gumshara and Ikkyu together. Ikkyu’s toppings are better but at the end of the day, the most important part of ramen is really the broth and noodles. These guys do the broth and noodles so well that I think they deserve to sit at the top of the ladder. I’m not sure why Ikkyu’s ratings are still so low. I’m assuming it’s competitors. It’s a bit sad, really, as they do a wonderful bowl of ramen. Don’t let ratings put you off.

Ratings so far:

1. Gumshara & Ikkyu

2. Ippudo


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The Ramen Diaries, Part 9 – Ramen Ikkyu

Hidden away at the Dixon St end of the first floor Sussex St foodcourt, Ikkyu is definitely doing things right.

I turned up on Friday at lunchtime ready to enjoy Ramen Ikkyu. I’d already made up my mind to try the paitan based broth and went for the Ikkyu Shoyu, paitain (fish, chicken, pork broth) with shoyu, or soy sauce.

Ramen Ikkyu Shoyu

Ramen Ikkyu Shoyu

The soup’s flavour is balanced yet nuanced with a fishy flavour working well with the soy, chicken and pork broth. The noodles were thick, chewy and delicious, and an extra serve is available for those who hold onto their docket and have soup left in the bottom of their bowl, at no charge. It’s a little more expensive than Hakata Maru, there is no extra charge for the extra serve of noodles, bringing the prices closer together – and Ikkyu boasts a larger serve.

The amazing standard toppings included mushroom, seaweed, chashu, egg, bean sprouts and scallion. The chashu was thick cut and tasty with some sweet basting going on in the outer regions and a soft, dense layer of fat to enjoy. The broth in the seaweed soup was much fishier but according to my friend, immensely enjoyable – he also managed to slurp up an extra serve of noodles before I could finish my bowl (sans extra noodles).

Seaweed Ramen

Seaweed Ramen

The seaweed ramen was well presented and came with plenty of extra seaweed.

I highly recommend Ramen Ikkyu. Their broth is thick and rich but boasts an intense flavour, offering something new that was missing from the Ramen scene in Sydney.

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