Ippudo has been thrown around by many ramen-lovers that I know as one of their Top 5 ramen places in Sydney, so when the opportunity came up to have an early dinner in the city before the Lindt Creation Launch with MDY, I suggested we got for a steamy bowl of ramen to warm us on a windy night. Ippudo is actually a chain that can be found in New York, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Seoul and Singapore – but in Sydney it is located on Level 5 of the Westfield on Pitt Street.
As I may have mentioned before, Tonkotsu in London’s trendy Soho area really whetted my appetite for ramen – and more ramen, and more ramen, and ramen all day errday. I feel that a good test of what the ramen is like at a restaurant is to get the most basic one – no frills or meaty extras to mask the true taste of the soup and noodles. I had the Shiromaru Motoaji – the Ippudo original tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles, pork loin, cabbage, black mushrooms and shallots ($15). As the menu says, it is the classic Hakata-style ramen. And boy was it good. Them noodles! Not too thick, not too thin, not too chewy (they ask you how well-done you want your noodles!) and that goes for the soup as well – not to thick, not too light, and just so so tasty!
MDY had the Karaka men tamago ($19) – the Ippudo original tonkotsu broth with special spicy miso, ground pork and a flavoured egg. According to MDY, the tamago egg is always an indicator of food quality and Ippudo’s slightly gooey but not liquid yolk got the tick of approval.
I have since gone back to Ippudo at least 3-4 times and it’s getting quite bad. Pretty sure I think about the ramen almost daily, and would have lunch there every day if I had the money to each lunch out every day/was in the city every day. Yes – Ippudo is on the slightly more expensive side with Gumshara in Haymarket around the $10 mark and Blancharu used to serve their luncheon ramen for about the same, but it’s really good and you’re sitting in a nice restaurant as opposed to the Eating World at Haymarket. Perhaps next time I go I should branch out and try some of their other ramen flavours – but the original is just too good.
Level 5, Westfield Sydney
Pitt Street Mall
Sydney NSW 2000
All photos in this post curtesy of MDY.