The 5 Best Ramen Spots in Sydney

Every season is Ramen season.

Ramen. The true perfect dish, in my books: a symphony of succulent pork and hearty, hot broth. Are you a miso or soy base kinda guy? What toppings? Eggs? Mushrooms? Sweet corn? The possibilities are endless. With the winter chill holding on for all its worth, we’ve compiled a list of all the best ramen spots in Sydney. Perfect for date night. Or, you know. Just to treat yourself.

Ippudo – Sydney

Don’t be the type of food snob that instantly turns up their nose at the thought of a chain restaurant. With franchises in over ten countries, it’s clear Ippudo has cemented itself as one of the leaders of the ramen frontier. They specialise in their renowned tonkotsu broth base, and quality is never sacrificed, despite being found in almost every shopping centre.

Gogyo – Surry Hills

Gogyo was brought down under by the same people that sent the god send of Ippudo. Already a well-established ramen house in Japan, they specialise in ‘kogashi’ (burnt) ramen. Made to order, the chefs cook the lard in 300 degree heat until it bursts into flames, then quickly extinguish it with miso or soy and their slow-cooked pork broth. The smell and taste is unlike any other ramen available in Sydney: charred, smoky and sweet.

Ryo’s Noodles – Crows Nest/Bondi Junction

A true cult classic- with most saying it’s the only place in Sydney to get authentic Tokyo-style ramen. It’s a perfect no-frills establishment- one extremely low-key room, and you might find yourself sharing one of their big wooden tables with another group. The ramen speaks for itself though: the line usually is halfway up the street, and the restaurant even sells T-shirts for the truly obsessed. Go for the ramen, and stay for the home-made pork buns.

Ramen O-San – Haymarket

A perfect go-to lunch spot, found in Sussex Centre food court. The noodles are all made in house, and you can even watch the noodle master at work in the window. Want your noodles a little thicker? You can specifically request for them! It’s one of the hot spots of Chinatown, but it’s well worth braving the lines for their signature miso-base broth.

Menya Noodle Bar – Sydney

A personal favourite of mine: you’d have a hard time finding another bowl of ramen of this calibre for such a low price. The default tonkatsu base is under 10 bucks. Menya isn’t tucked away in a food court, nor is it in a high profile, stuffy restaurant. It’s humble, good food in a humble, good place. Pull up a chair at the counter, and enjoy one of the purest joys of life. A bowl of ramen.

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