Why should sushi get all the fun? It’s time we gave Sydney’s ramen the limelight it so clearly deserves. Regardless of whether you prefer your ramen in the salt, miso or shoyu based variety, there is a wealth of Japanese restaurants delivering impeccable fare for you to explore. Below are our favourites across Sydney.
For modern, noodley delights, Redfern’s RaRa is the place to go. Serving authentic eats that transport diners to the streets of Japan, you’re guaranteed a delectable meal every time with their signature stocks and hakata-style noodles, which are lovingly handmade daily. From tonkotsu to shoyu, pork reigns supreme, but for plant-based diners ̶ don’t stress ̶ there’s a vegan soy shio with grilled tomato, bamboo and shallots that is just as flavoursome and soul-warming.
66b Regent Street, Redfern
Boiling their soups for over 12 hours, Ramen Zundo’s creations are not to be taken lightly. The Tan Tan Men, Mt Pork Chashu and Niboshi will instantly transport you to the streets of Japan, and we’ve no doubt the marbled pork belly chashu or freshly made Hosomen and Futomen noodles will have you squealing with delight.
644 George Street, Sydney
The chefs at this beloved ramen institution ‘pour their hearts in their noodles’, and their soups made from scratch are no different. The recommended Fukuoka style Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen is as hearty as they come, with pork, fish cake, seasoned egg and all the trimmings. The Dragon Ramen with fresh garlic, chives, chilli oil and chilli pork mince is the perfect dish for spice lovers.
2/1 Market Street, Sydney
Despite its less than salubrious location in this Haymarket food court, once you taste the thick tonkotsu ramen being crafted here you won’t notice anything but. While the miso, shoyu, garlic tonkotsu, tomato tonkotsu and pork spare rib ramens all hold their weight, it’s Morihiro Higashida’s unctuous tonkotsu with slices of pork, ramen noodles and soft-boiled egg that you really must taste for yourself.
211/25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket
This worldwide chain presents traditional tonkotsu ramen across four venues in Sydney. Ippudo’s authentic ramen, initially crafted by Shigemi Kawahara, brings high quality produce to every dish, and their Kaedama option means you will never run low on noodles again. The Special Combination addition is all but mandatory with pork loin and belly chashi, flavoured egg, bamboo shoots and roasted seaweed sheets.
Sydney, Chippendale, North Ryde, Chatswood
With chefs making fresh ramen noodles on the daily for their tonkotsu shio, shoyu and miso broths, the Yasaka mantra of ‘No Ramen, No Life’ speaks to us on a deep level. Immerse yourself in the miso Kakuni soft bone pork ramen with a side of takoyaki octopus balls with wasabi soy sauce, before finishing off with a roasted green tea ice cream.
126 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Taming the lighter-style tonkotsu broth, Ramen Bar Goku brings a tidy collection of ramen to the student-dense residents of Glebe, and for a very reasonable price. With four base broth styles available, you can tweak your bowl to taste, adding extra cha-shu or chilli-pork mince to your heart’s content. FYI, their katsu buns are out of this world.
30 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
This communal motorcycle workshop and café space comes complete with equal parts mechanic cool, Single Origin Coffee and most importantly, ramen. Settle into the loft café space for a steaming bowl of ramen. With three options; ‘The Darkness’, ‘The Light’, and ‘The Monk’ you’ll be tempted to return and sample each variation, especially if a Katsu Burger makes you weak at the knees.
1C Whateley Street, Newtown
You’ll be hard pressed to spot this Crows Nest institution without a queue winding out of the front door, as locals vie for a table to slurp down one of Sydney’s best ramens. The Bondi Junction venue is equally as adored, with their traditional Ton Kotsu soups a distinct favourite. Be sure to add a side of gyoza and kimchee to round out your meal.
Crows Nest, Bondi Junction
Delivering an impeccable gara-shoyu ramen variety (amongst a host of others), Manpuku is a must for lovers of the lighter chicken and soy based broth. The house signature soy based pork and chicken ramen with pork belly, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, shallots, seaweed, Niemago egg and homemade Manpuku noodles is worth returning for.
With a stellar reputation for their Yaki Tori grill menu, Chaco Bar knows how to do Japanese right – and boy do they deliver a mean ramen. Bringing the flavours of Fukuoka, Japan to his eatery, Keita Abe’s lunchtime ramen comes in four variations; Fat Soy, Fish Salt, Yuzu Scallop and Chilli Coriander – we’ll be loading up on the moreish toppings too.
238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst