[Adelaide] Ryo’s Noodles

We were on the hunt for dinner our first night in Adelaide – the beginning of our adventure to witness the union of two beautiful friends. It thankfully was looking far better than our last visit when we arrived in Adelaide airport at 3am due to having our Perth bound flight diverted. We had already checked into our hotel and wandered towards Chinatown, sure we’d find something to fill our tummies.

Ryo's Noodles logo

Not to be mistaken with the Japanese restaurant of the same moniker in Crows Nest, Sydney, Adelaide’s Ryo’s Noodles first opened in 2014 to fill the gaping ramen hole on Adelaide’s Asian eatery strip, Gouger Street. Two years later, Ryo’s Noodles seemed to be going strong with a steady stream of hungry customers, eager for warm soup and noodles to boister themselves against the winter chill.

Ryo's Noodles - interior

Ryo's Noodles lunch special

Ryo’s Noodles‘ menu was primarily divided between their tonkotsu (pork based soup) and chicken based soup. The topping combinations were fairly simple and traditional, but to help those with trouble deciding what to have, Ryo’s Noodles have taken the guesswork out by slapping their own recommendation on select items.

Ryo's Noodles menu

Ryo's Noodles menu

Both the SO and I opted for the super traditional tonkotsu (pork based soup) – the SO deviating towards the miso version, while I went with soy.

In comparing the two bowls, mine looked like it had a lot more going on in terms of toppings. Everything in it looked authentic, except for the addition of bak choy. Who puts bak choy in ramen?!

Ryo's Noodles - Ramen in soy sauce pork soup with roast pork, egg and naruto. AUD$14.50

Ramen in soy sauce pork soup with roast pork, egg and naruto. AUD$14.50

Ryo's Noodles - Tonkotsu miso flavoured soup with roast pork egg, bamboo shoots and naruto. AUD$15

Tonkotsu miso flavoured soup with roast pork egg, bamboo shoots and naruto. AUD$15

My soy tonkotsu had a far richer and thicker flavour than the SO’s miso version. His felt cleaner and didn’t leave as salty an aftertaste in the mouth as mine, but Ryo’s Noodles apparently guns down the salty pork barrel. By the way, their not-too-thinly-sliced slices of roast pork were well-cooked and soft, while the noodles were firm and springy.

The generous portion sizes weren’t massive and despite being hungry, we went away satisfied without having to order entrees or side dishes. A definite thumbs up!

 

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