A trip to Menya Noodle Bar had been on N and my agenda for a very long time. Except ramen always lost out to other Japanese rice and noodle options in the vicinity. This time, though, we were determined to eat there.
You place and pay for your order with a lady at a desk immediately to the left of the entrance. With the trend towards the digital in Japanese restaurants, it seems only a matter of time before she’s replaced by a touch screen ordering system (we seem to have skipped vending machines).
I order the Menya Tonkotsu Miso Ramen (10.40). I’ve never ordered a thick collagen-rich soup based ramen. I’ve never thought I’d appreciate it and have always opted for shoyu and shio based soups, which are mostly clear. On a moment of whim, though, I ordered the thick soup.
The soup means the noodles leave a gritty (from the miso?) collagen film over your lips and teeth that lingers until you brush your teeth. It’s not a pleasant sensation to eat or to taste, so in the future, I’ll stick to my clearer soup bases. The slices of pork looked rather dry, but were actually rather fatty — I like fatty but I’d like more than a slither of meat with my fat.
Overall, the ramen was mediocre, but I’ll have to try their shoyu ramen before writing them off.
And just for fun, N had the ramen that came with nothing but 3 eggs. It seemed far more filling than my ramen, and it was only $0.50 more.
Menya Noodle Bar is located at 8/8 Quay St, Haymarket NSW 2000.