Ippudo, Sydney

Ramen, for the longest time, was the excep­tion to the gen­er­al rule that I love Japanese food. My first exper­i­ence with ramen was 7 – 8 years ago at a place in Chinatown that has since closed down. The soup was ridicu­lously thick. After that, I steered clear of ramen until D and I were in Japan — after all, you have to try ramen in the coun­try it ori­gin­ated from, right? Unfortunately, that wasn’t much of an improve­ment on my pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence.

Last week, how­ever, I had a long-over­due catch­up with H. We’d met up at Westfield Sydney and didn’t feel like brav­ing the oppress­ive heat to go eat else­where, so I was open to H’s sug­ges­tion of going to the Japanese res­tu­ar­ant, Ippudo. Ippudo is a Japanese chain ramen res­taur­ant that opened a store in Sydney recently. I had no idea it was a ramen place when we went in, but I ordered the shir­o­maru motoaji tamago (clas­sic tonkotsu ramen with egg) on H’s recom­mend­a­tion.

The soup was light – neither too thick nor too thin. The pork was tasty and the fla­voured soft-boiled egg was a delight­ful sur­prise. Thick soup goes hand in hand with true appre­ci­ation for ramen, and I’ll prob­ably nev­er truly appre­ci­ate that kind of ramen, but I no longer have a dis­like for ramen gen­er­ally! Having said that, this exper­i­ence still didn’t give me the cour­age to eat ramen again for din­ner last night…


H and I also shared a pork bun – isn’t its pil­low shape cute?


Unfortunately, I can’t remem­ber what the pork bun tasted like oth­er than that it was nice but noth­ing amaz­ing, and that there was spicy mayo.

Ippudo is loc­ated at Westfield Sydney, Level 5 Shop 21/​5, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.