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Get Slurping With Brisbane’s Best Ramen

By Siobhan Taylor
11th May 2020

Want to know where to get Brisbane's best ramen noodles? Listen up. 

Like many other Brisbanites, I approach ramen with the same reverence and inquisitiveness that others approach art. A good bowl of ramen happens when the broth, noodles, and fixings come together to create a mouth-watering dish, and lucky enough for us, Brisbane is home to some of the best: pork ramen, tonkotsu ramen, cult Japanese ramen chains, vegan ramen. This city can do anything with broth and noodles. 

Get ready to slurp the best ramen in Brisbane.

Ramen Danbo

South Brisbane And Sunnybank Hills

Cult ramen chain, Ramen Danbo, have come a long way from Chikushino, on one of Japan’s southern islands. Now they're officially in South Brisbane, staking their claim to Brisbane's best ramen. It's all about the silky tonkotu pork ramen here: an insane, slow-cooked broth that uses the highest quality pork bones. It's creamy, porky, and you will get meat sweats. Veggos, they haven't forgotten you either. Ramen Danbo makes a pretty convincing miso-based vegan ramen.

Lockdown update: Both stores are open for takeaway and delivery. 

Taro’s Ramen

Ascot And Stones Corner 

Taro’s Ramen is often regarded as some of the best ramen in Australia, and you'll understand why when you taste their Tonkotsu ramen. Using only the finest locally sourced produce (such as Bangalow Sweetpork and Wagyu beef from their local butcher), and with noodles perp'd in-house, a bowl of Taro’s ramen is like a cosy, warm hug. And just from me to you: this is my personal #1 pick for Brisbane’s best ramen.

Lockdown update: Both stores are open for takeaway and delivery. 

Motto Motto 

Chermside And Indooroopilly

This is another key spot on the ramen map that has to be sipped to be believed. Motto Motto dishes up three types of ramen—classic, black garlic and spicy red—all of which will fill you up and warm the belly. Each of the bowls also comes topped with a thick slab of juicy pork belly, making them what may be the best comfort food of all time. 

Lockdown update: Both stores are open for takeaway and delivery. 

Genkotsu Ramen

Toowong and Runcorn

Genkotsu Ramen is authentic. Honestly. From the team behind Genkotsu, to the 12-hour brewed broth and overnight-marinated eggs, everything about Genkotsu feels traditional. Also, their ramen starts at just $5 a bowl (for soup and noodles), which is a winter lifesaver.

Lockdown update: Both stores are open for takeaway only.

Cheeky Poke Bar

Newstead And Greenslopes

Our wild card entry, Cheeky Poke may be most known for their colourful and nourishing poké bowls, but it's their bone broth ramens that we're secretly frothing over. While this isn't one for the purists, we defy anyone who doesn't fall for their coconut, lemongrass, and chilli bone broth. Have it with the pork gyoza as a topping—lush. Decor isn't too bad either...

Lockdown update: Both stores are open for takeaway and delivery. 

Hakataya Ramen

Brisbane CBD, Mt Gravatt, Sunnybank And Chermside

My first bowl of ramen was at Hakataya in Sunnybank, and I've been hooked ever since. I will travel all the way across town for Hakataya ramen. Their menu is simple, allowing them to focus on perfecting their broth and noodles, which have to be some of the best in Australia (yep, I’m making that call). Hakataya is a Sunnybank icon, so don’t sweat the long line—it moves quickly.

Lockdown update: All stores except for the Myer Centre and Market Square venues are open for takeaway.

Niku Ramen

Toombul

Niku Ramen joined Toombul's buzzing foodie hot-spot, Upstairs, and they're serving bowls of brothy, noodle goodness to the masses—everything from tonkotsu pork, soy chicken and miso chicken ramen as well as udon and donburi rice bowls. Don't forget to add an egg and some lotus chips on the side. 

Lockdown update: Open for takeaway.

Izakana-Ya Okuman

South Brisbane

Izakana-Ya Okuman in South Brisbane is dishing up some seriously good ramen. The noodles are made fresh and they are good with a capital G. The spicy tonkotsu ramen is our pick, served with pork cha shu, egg and vegetables in a pork broth with spicy chives. If that doesn't float your boat, try the seafood ramen—you won't be disappointed. 

Lockdown update: Open for takeaway.

Men Ya Go

Brisbane CBD

Men Ya Go has so many variations of ramen that you could go every single day and never get sick of the stuff. Take your pick from four different broths and then decide if you want pork, chicken, tofu or minced chicken. Add extra toppings and get ready to slurp.

Lockdown update: Both city stores are open for takeaway and delivery. 

Closed For Now (But Not Forgotten)

Hai Hai

Paddington

Hai Hai is hugely popular with the locals, and it’s not hard to see why. The ramen servings are generous, the staff are friendly, the charsiu is rich, and if that’s not enough, the vegetarian ramen can be made vegan-friendly! Finally, something for everyone.

Ramen Champion

Sunnybank

Dining at Ramen Champion is as close as you can get to Tokyo without buying a ticket. If you’re feeling game, have a crack at the Ramen Champion Challenge—finish the equivalent of 5 serves of ramen (broth and all) for eternal bragging rights, your mega serve of ramen for free, and your photo on the wall for eternity. 

After more comfort food? Try carb-loading at these bakeries.

Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Images

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