Before Kokoro Ramen opened its shop in December 2011, it was Ramen Ya that I would refer to as the best. Sorry Ramen Ya, you are still as lovely as ever but you are now #2.
Kokoro Ramen has a wider variety of ramen noodles and soup bases that are sure to confuse...
So here's a short description for each ramen and the soup that it is served in:
- Tokyo Shoyu: Soy sauce base, chicken & seafood stock, thick curly whole egg noodles
- Hakata Tonkotsu Shoyu: Soy sauce, thick creamy pork broth, thin egg white noodles
- Nagahama Tonkotsu Shio: Salty, porky, milk-like pork broth, thin egg white noodles
- Hakodate Shio: Salted base, chicken & seafood broth, thick curly whole egg noodles
- Sapporo Miso: Miso base, pork + chicken + seafood broth, thick curly egg noodles
Quality natural ingredients have been carefully picked for every dish in Kokoro.
I love the butter & corn sapporo miso AUD $14.50 which comes with chashu, sweet corn and a stick of butter making it really rich, as well as the popular soft shell crab nagahama tonkotsu shio AUD $14.50. My least favourite would be the tokyo shoyu that has a clear soup. My sister is the opposite because she doesn't like her ramen's broth to be thick and rich.
What I find extremely adorable is the availability of your ramen in a cup at AUD $3.50 each. They are not the super market cup noodles but your serving of fresh tasty ramen in a cup! Perfect for people who wish to snack but sick of fast food chips and onion rings.
157 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
03 9650 1215
Moving on to the number 2 ramen in Melbourne (my personal opinion), Ramen Ya is super delicious too but more limited in their menu. Which might also be a good thing as it makes selection way easier! They have charshu ramen, minced chicken ramen, gyoza ramen & kimchi ramen available in 3 different kinds of soup - tonkotsu, shoyu (chicken & soy) or miso.
The best ramen would definitely be charshu ramen in tonkotsu broth AUD $10! Their soup really deserves more credit as they are boiled for 2 whole days! Not only that, the pork bones are crushed till dissolved, hence explaining the impeccable taste. I also like their seafood gyozas AUD $6.50/6 pcs even though pan fried dumplings are not their specialty.
Shop 25G Melbourne GPO
350 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000