After arriving back in Australia, Mr Kingdom Hearts suggested a ramen date to see if I could find any ramen in Melbourne that tasted like those in Japan. So we explored Mugen Ramen since this has been on his list and he was oh so excited to check this place out. We turned up on a Wednesday night without a booking and they managed to squeeze us in. The atmosphere was casual, the staff were super friendly and the decor was very suave.
We were oh so hungry and decided on the Wagyu Tataki and this was AMAZEBALL! The wagyu was seared perfectly and the mash and the ponzu sauce was on point. This was a fantastic starter and we were super excited about our mains. This was more on the pricier side but it was definitely worth it.
Wagyu Tataki – $18
Seared Wagyu served with Yuzu Mashed Potatoes, Spring Onions and Ponzu Sauce
Cold ramen noodles caught my eyes and I was in the mood for something light and fresh and the description for the Hiyashi Ramen sounded delectable. When it came out, the portion sizing was a touch on the small side but it was enough for me. I found this dish to be lacking in flavour and needed more seasoning. I was so impressed with the freshness of the dish but it didn’t do it for me which was a shame.
Hiyashi Ramen – $15
Cold Ramen Noodles served with Fresh Green Salad,Tomatoes,Cucumbers, finely sliced Egg Omelette, Slow Cooked Pork and Mugen’s Sesame Soy Dressing
Mr Kingdom Hearts got the Miso Ramen and he was oh so excited. However, as he had his first spoonful, his excitement stopped. The broth was light as you’d expect from a miso broth but it didn’t quite hit the spot. This too needed a touch more flavour in the broth.
Miso Ramen – $15
Special house blended Miso and Dashi based broth, House made thin noodles served with Slow Cooked Pork (Chashu), Bean shoots, pork mince, corn and half egg
Mugen Ramen is a bit on the pricier side for ramen but it is in a lovely venue with amazing decor. The food, well I’d stick with the Tataki which was absolutely mouthwatering but the mains, I wouldn’t come back for it. I really wanted to like this place but the ramen wouldn’t be able to pull me back. Sorry Mugen.