The top line: Ippudo is one of the better ramen places in Sydney for a reasonable price. If you’re feeling some good quality ramen, come here with a few others to grab a bite ( or slurp, in this case) of their famous ramen and braised pork buns!
The review: This modern-styled Japanese restaurant offers a wide range of ramen options. You can choose different type of broths, the option for additional toppings, the level of elasticity for the ramen and also kae-dama (a system of ordering an extra serving of noodles) towards the end of your first serving to make the most of your broth.
We arrived at around noon and wanted a table for 5. There were no lines but we were given the option of being seated inside on a shared table or outside with a private table – we opted for the latter. Even though Ippudo is inside Westfield food court, it’s in the corner so we didn’t feel like it was crowded with people walking around us. The service was pretty good as the waitress gave us a place to store our bags and kept on checking up on us throughout our meal to see if everything was all good (everything was always good).
Shiromaru Motoaji ($15)
The ramen had a lovely springy texture which was different to the usual softer ramen from other places in Sydney. The broth was nicely done – thick and full of flavour – although some of us found it a bit salty afterwards, but it was spot on for my taste buds. The quantity of the bowl of noodle looked deceivingly small, but we all walked away with a full belly. The pork was excellent in this Ramen.
Feast your eyes on some Ippudo Pork Bun ($4)
Just like a Taiwanese Gua Bao with a soft taco shaped white asian bun filled with slow cooked, melt in your mouth pork and a single lettuce leaf with Ippudo sauce.
Karaka Men Tamago ($19)
A chilli capable friend ordered this spicy Karaka Men Tamago ($19 with egg) and extra bamboo toppings on the side. For the fans of spice and all things nice, this gives you an extra kick with your Ramen.
If you have not yet been to Ippudo, put it next on your Ramen list !