Ramen Kan has undergone extensive change in the past few months. Towards the end of last year, they updated their interior (it’s now more open, with touchscreen orders) and in recent months, their menu has significantly expanded. These changes to Ramen Kan have been nothing but positive.
The kaisen don is what used to keep me returning to Ramen Kan. That and udon are two of my favourite Japanese dishes. So I was delighted when I found a new menu item of both udon and kaisen don in smaller portions in one meal. This is about as delightful as when Mizuya used to offer their sushi/sashimi and udon set.
The udon is chewy — just the way I like it. The soup, however, is less like the clear dashi stock I’m used to, but more of a miso soup. In fact, it tastes a lot like their miso soup without the bits of onion and fish. While I prefer the more traditional soup base, this soup had a ‘homey’ feel to it.
For the kaisen don with this set, there are options to get it without mayonnaise and/or shallots. With these options, my kaisen don is absolutely perfect! There’s more pieces of fish than there are bites of rice, which is just fine as I love raw fish more than I do rice.
And on a later visit, we’re happy to see that the full sized kaisen don is just as generous and fresh as ever.
To top it off, they now also have a crab croquette, with deliciously creamy crab and potato innards and a crispy top.
And finally, they also have takowasa. Takowasa is bits of raw octopus in a wasabi sauce. This also used to be a staple at Mizuya (they no longer have this item), and I’d found it again at Sushi Rio (their octopus lacks ‘crunch’). The octopus at Ramen Kan is addictively crunchy and the wasabi is just hot enough to be pleasant.
N and I were disheartened when Mizuya changed, but the changes at Ramen Kan make up for it.
Ramen Kan is located at Level 1, 90 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000.