We don’t care how warm it is, we can work through the sweats when Sydney’s best ramen is involved. These noodly, soupy bowls of goodness are designed to be slurped (in fact, it’s rude not to), so don a dark shirt to avoid obvious ramen splashes, put your hair up to avoid hair-in-broth dramas, and pick up those chopsticks—it’s time to get slurpy!
Old mate Haru Inukai cooks up a mean bowl of ramen in this unsuspecting Chinatown foodcourt. Classic pork ramen can be found on the menu at Ramen Ikkyu, but if you’re looking for something a little different, check out Haru’s seasonal specials which may include tomato ramen and tsukemen (cold dipping noodles) for the warmer months.
The wonderful thing about Ippudo is that it’s consistently good regardless of which restaurant you go to. Whether you’re in Japan, New York or Westfield in the city, the bowls of ramen will taste equally as good. Sure, it’s not the cheapest bowl going around, but it’s easily one of the best ramen in Sydney and totally worth the extra few dollars. Oh, and save room for their pork buns—they’re delicious!
Sokyo Ramen Pop-up (now closed)
This pop-up ramen shop is open until November, so if you want in on Chef Chase Kojima’s noodle soups, you better beeline it to The Star quick smart. Serving up four kinds of ramen, you can opt for the light yuzu shio ramen (Kojima’s favourite) or the classic tonkotsu ramen which is a crowd favourite. The specially printed nori has been featuring heavily on Instagram feeds for weeks now, so get your own snaps at this ramen restaurant in Sydney.
Gumshara is a favourite among ramen enthusiasts around Sydney. If you love a rich, thick and collagen-filled ramen experience, a trip to Gumshara is for you. The tonkotsu ramen is the signature dish and is made with their super thick pork stock that’s been simmering for hours. If you manage to work your way through a whole bowl, prepare yourself for the imminent ramen coma (it’s a thing).
Crows Nest and Bondi Junction
If you eat ramen in Sydney, then you’ll know of classic ramen restaurant, Ryo’s. The Crows Nest location is in a bit of an odd spot, but that clearly doesn’t stop anyone from entering into this orange-painted ramen haven. Ryo’s has recently expanded to Bondi Junction giving east side ramen fiends a delicious spot to get their slurp on.
Tucked away inside World Square quietly sits Ramen Zundo. This ramen restaurant in Sydney flies under the radar a bit, and it shouldn’t—the ramen here is excellent. There are a tonne of different kinds of ramen on the menu including soy (shoyu), salt (shio), and tsukemen and if you’re feeling particularly hungry, you can order a second serving of noodles to really fill you up.
This little gem of a Japanese restaurant in Sydney is serving up bowls of ramen for lunch from Wednesday to Saturday. Like everything Chaco Bar does, it’s very authentic and tastes just like the kind of ramen you’d get in Japan. Choose the level of fattiness in your pork, add in some extras if you’re feeling fancy, and feel smug knowing you’ve had a way better lunch than your co-workers.
Manpuku is a popular spot for uni students (although, what Kingsford restaurant isn’t?!). The team here pride themselves on good food, a fun atmosphere and also offer three kinds of noodles for your ramen-eating pleasure. A free-range egg can be added to your ramen, and if you’re up for the challenge, you can add spicy sauce that will really set your mouth on fire.
Stepping into Hakata-Maru Ramen, you instantly feel like you've been transported to Japan. Here they specialise in Hakata-style ramen (a city in Japan) which is essentially the birthplace of porky tonkotsu ramen. The broth is rich and almost creamy, and basically feels like a hug in food form.
A slightly newer addition to the Sydney ramen scene is Yasaka Ramen in the CBD. Firm believers in the adage "no ramen, no life", the team hand make their noodles daily on site and welcome you watching on to see just how they create your warming bowl of ramen. The broth here is quite thick, so if you prefer your soup a little lighter, all you need to do is ask.
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