Dreaming of an overseas getaway but the coronavirus travel restrictions are getting in your way? Luckily the Gold Coast has some seriously slurp-worthy ramen spots to fuel your wanderlust feels; places where chopsticks are your new BFF and cheat day is a whole lot more tasty.
Use your noodle and satisfy your next craving with the best ramen on the Gold Coast.
Muso Ramen And Gyoza Bar
Mermaid Beach, Chirn Park & Robina
Muso Ramen had us at ‘no ramen, no life.’ First noodling their way into the hearts of Mermaid Beach locals, now you’ll find these quaint eating houses right across the Gold Coast. We can’t go past the Black Miso from the North Coast locale, with a rich pork broth, topped with succulent Kurobuta belly, bamboo, egg, tangy shallots and ma-yu garlic oil. Squeeze in an extra serving of life-changing pork fried rice while you’re at it, all finished with pillowy beef gyoza. With thick and thin noodles made fresh in-store each day, you just can’t beat it. Ra-men get it!
Southport and Surfers Paradise
Spoiler alert: Here’s where to go for 100% traditional ramen on the Gold Coast. Having won top awards in Fukuoka, Japan, Ramen Danbo’s graciously expanded to dish out creamy bowls of heaven right here on the Gold Coast. Danbo is a slurp-it-all-up and drink-it-all-down kinda place. You can expect picture-perfect dishes, all of the beers and a bloody good spread—it’s no wonder this local fave is bustling all week long. Hands down some of the best ramen on the Gold Coast.
i like ramen
We don't just like these guys, we bloody love 'em and their 100% plant-based ramen. Take your pick from bone-free broths like spicy Korean kimchi or an earthy shiitake and soy mushroom, paired with other savoury deliciousness such as their ever-popular panko mushrooms and meat-free bao. Do yourself a favour and pay i like ramen a visit at their cute digs under Nobby’s Surfboard Empire.
Most commonly known for its lines that stretch from the main door, around a corner and down the street at their Brisbane store, Hakataya Ramen can be found at Pacific Fair, too. Some dub it the most authentic ramen on the Gold Coast and we’d have to agree. Plus, a stop at Hakataya is more than welcomed midway through a bustling shopping trip. Don’t let the price tag fool you, this quick and cheap soupy noodle haven gets 10 out of 10 for flavour too. R-amen to that, sister!
Motto Motto brings the quirkiness and fun of casual Japanese dining to Pacific Fair. Not your average food court offering, Motto Motto uses only fresh, local ingredients to deliver traditional yet totally unique Japanese dishes in a decked out, modern space. We love Motto's Ton-kotsu ramen soup with pork super-stock broth that’s brewed for 12 hours, paired with build-your-own bento boxes and traditional Japanese brioche buns with Wagyu beef. Sluurp!
Ladelling out authentic tonkotsu-style chicken and pork broths, Goukai thoughtfully offers seven traditional ramen options (without the nine-hour flight). Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy ramen, juicy meat-lover toppings or even a vego bowl topped with pumpkin, mushrooms and greens, Goukai’s got you covered. As one of the best ramen bars on the Gold Coast for those who never know what they want, we can assure you now, there’s no dud dishes.
Iku Yakitori And Whisky Bar
Living for their motto ‘eat chicken, drink whisky’, Iku Yakitori And Whisky Bar is known widely for their flavour-packed skewers and hidden locale down Justin Lane’s alley. But we reckon their ramen is some of the best on the Gold Coast too. Rocking one of the most impressive fit-outs in town, step past the simple facade and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another world.
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