Sydney: Ippudo Sydney

I am no Ippudo ramen virgin.

Several years ago, my girlfriend Sassystrawberry dragged us to their Mandarin Gallery outlet in Singapore and we were blown away! Al dente ramen noodles with great flavourful broth – no wonder Sassystrawberry was so adamant we lunch there, but I never expected nor realised Ippudo has made it down under. And certainly not an outlet in Sydney’s Westfield.

But hey! I wasn’t about to let that stop me from checking it out and seeing if its Sydney outlet would be as amazing as its Singapore one.

Ippudo Sydney

Ippudo Sydney

Since we dropped in for an early lunch, Ippudo Sydney was rather empty, but its long benches and large tables were meant for group dining. Wait staff brought over black fabric bins (Ikea?) for us to chuck our bags, so as not to have them occupy a chair. It’s the first time we’ve encountered that as a seat-saving tactic and it’s not a bad idea.

The menu looked pretty varied, but let’s be honest: their reputation is in their ramen. In fact, they have 16 menu items that are ramens. These are broken into four broad broth varieties: the shiromaru (tonkatsu broth), akamaru (tonkatsu broth with miso paste and garlic oil), karaka men (tonkatsu broth with spicy miso paste) and tori shoyu (chicken with bonito stock).

Ippudo Sydney - AKAMARU SHINAJI. AUD$16

AKAMARU SHINAJI. AUD$16

The SO wanted something punchier in flavour, and the Akamaru Shinaji hit the mark. It has the Ippudo original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. It came with the ramen noodles, pork belly, black mushroom and shallots.

Ippudo Sydney - SHIROMARU MOTOAJI. AUD$15

SHIROMARU MOTOAJI. AUD$15

The Shiromaru Motoaji was a little milder, but no less flavourful and thick. In the bowl of Ippudo‘s original tonkotsu broth, the thin noodles was snuggled up with thin slices of pork loin, bean sprouts, black mushroom and a sprinkling of shallots. This is apparently a classic ramen with minimal fuss.

Between the SO’s choice and mine, I found I liked the akamaru broth better. The Ippudo ramen noodles were cooked with lots of spring and bite, making it easy to inhale and slurp up. Just watch out for the splutter!

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