The famed Japanese ramen chain Ippudo has finally landed in Melbourne and known for its tonkotsu ramen, I couldn’t resist taking my fam bam to check it out. Luckily for us, we got there at 4PM on a Saturday and there were customers in front of us and we got in 10 minutes after waiting. The staff were really friendly and the interior is very warm and cosy.
Since Ippudo has just opened, they were giving out complimentary sake to every customer for their grand opening (SCORE!).
I got the Shiromaru Motoaji which the staff said was the lightest broth and it smelt oh so good. However, the broth had a bit too much fat for my liking and the portion size was quite small and I could have had extra (which NEVER happens!). When the description said been sprouts, I didn’t expect to only get 2 bean sprouts (come on guys…seriously?).
Original creamy tonkotsu broth, signature secret dashi, thin straight noodles, pork loin chashu, bean sprouts, flavoured fungus, spring onions
Mr D got the Akamasru Shinaji which was the signature broth with miso paste and garlic oil. It was a touch heavier then the original and he too didn’t think it was exceptional at all.
Original creamy tonkotsu broth, signature secret dashi, umami-dama (special blended miso paste), koyu (fragrant garlic oil), medium-thin straight noodles, pork belly chashu, bean sprouts, flavoured black fungus, spring onion
Daddy bear had the karaka-men which was a spicy ramen but it wasn’t spicy either.
Original creamy tonkotsu broth, signature secret dashi, thin-wavy noodles, special spicy minced pork miso, pork belly chashu, bean sprouts, spring onions, roasted cashew garnish
The ramens costs between $15-$17 and that’s not including the egg or any extras. The ramen came out really quick and the service was great but would I come back here? I don’t think I will be since there are plenty of ramen places in the city which offers great ramen for a reasonable price.