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