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12 Best Ramen Restaurants in Melbourne | Man of Many

With a broth perfectly balanced in flavour, thick, fresh noodles plus great service and a reasonably priced menu – Shujinko doesn’t leave much to be desired. Except for perhaps more visits once the food has digested that is. If that weren’t enough, this ramen in Melbourne CBD is open 24 hours, so you can sate your ramen craving at any hour of the day, or night.

1. Shujinko

With a pretty self-explanatory name, Little Ramen Bar is exactly what you imagine it to be – a cosy ramen joint with some of the most authentic and delicious ramen in Melbourne. Choose from three varieties: the shoyu (special soy base), miso (soybean) or shio (light salt base). From there, pick your favourite additives, whether it be a traditional seasoned egg, slow-cooked pork soup, roasted sesame seeds, bamboo shoots or a seafood melange. You can even customise the spiciness of the dish and whether it is served with meat or just vegetables.

2. Little Ramen Bar

Mr Ramen San proudly serves traditional Japanese ramen all the way from Hakata, Japan. Their noodles are made daily in their shops and even though they offer some of the top Japanese ramen in Melbourne, they never compromise their focus on hearty flavours and friendly service. Come experience for yourself the perfectly cooked eggs, the heavenly scents wafting from the bowls and the fresh taste of their top quality, soup-infused ingredients.

3. Mr Ramen San

The yobimimodoshi (master stock) at Hakata Gensuke is a flavourful soup only found in Japan’s best ramen dining experiences – and at their restaurants serving ramen in Melbourne CBD and Hawthorn. They use the highest quality fresh pork bones from reputable Australian suppliers, take three days to cook the broth to infuse it full of flavour and the team of chefs eat a full bowl daily to ensure it always lives up to their high standards (and let’s be honest, because it’s that good not even they can resist). Combine this with chanting staff and a full Japanese dining experience to transport yourself to the land of the rising sun for an evening.

4. Hakata Gensuke

As the only two Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen restaurants in Australia, this premium Japanese ramen in Melbourne is calling your tastebuds. They specialise in chikuho noodles and tonkotsu soup, creating indulgent, mouth-watering ramen you won’t experience anywhere else. With over 40 years of experience of in making some of the best traditional ramen in Japan, spreading the Japanese ramen culture to Melbourne allows you a glimpse of this incredible flavour that has been refined and perfected over the decades.

5. Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

The old saying, ‘so nice they named it twice’, definitely applies to this renowned ramen restaurant in Melbourne, Neko Neko. Specialising in vegetarian, vegan and seafood ramen, the fresh ingredients at Neko Neko will not only blow your mind but also your tastebuds. The pictures alone are enough to get your salivary glands working overtime, so do yourself a favour and indulge in this exquisite vegan cuisine.

6. Neko Neko

Mensousai Mugen offers two floors to cater to every group’s needs. If you’re in for a quick slurp of tsukeman or ramen in Melbourne CBD head to the ground level. If you want to stay and savour the incredible flavours for a little longer, while also trying out their unique Japas – Japanese tapas – the basement will be a better bet. The dipping ramen is made with thick, chewy handmade noodles and served in your choice of special house-blended broths.

7. Mensousai Mugen

Home of charshu tonkotsu ramen, 13 Best Japanese Restaurants in Brisbane uses the best pork belly and stews it for hours in their secret master broth to create the ultimate taste sensation. If that doesn’t get your stomach gurgling, perhaps their veg gyoza ramen or kimchi ramen will. They also have karaage ramen, curry ramen, tofu ramen and a whole lot more, resulting in one of the more diverse menus of Japanese ramen in Melbourne.

8. Ramen Ya

Mr Takahuaru Shigemitsu founded Ajisen Ramen in 1968 in Kumamoto. In 1996 Ajisen Ramen expanded internationally and today it has 750 branches all around the world. If this isn’t enough to persuade you of their delicious ramen, perhaps the fact that their famous tonkotsu (pork bone) soup is known to promote heart and bone health as well as prevent ageing. Not to mention its delicious properties, which when combined with freshly cooked noodles and a secret rich brown sauce called senmiyu, leads to the most gastronomically satisfying ramen in Melbourne you can find.

9. Ajisen Ramen

If it were possible for soup to melt in your mouth, the ramen at Shop Ramen Fitzroy would definitely be doing it. Instead, it gives you that satisfying slurp full of flavour and the soft, delicate noodles with that oh-so-juicy texture. Whether you opt for vegetarian ramen or pork, it will be the ideal start to the perfect ramen equation. The best way to complement the best ramen in Melbourne? With top-notch sake and a delectable matcha and sesame ice cream pie.

10. Shop Ramen Fitzroy

From the chair you sit on to the way the sashimi is cut, Yoku Ono will convincingly transport you to a Tokyo alleyway. All of the ramen is made using traditional methods by their in-house Ramanmasuta (ramen master). The chicken broth is cooked for over 8 hours and the vegetarian broth contains over 20 different kinds of vegetables, mushrooms and herbs. This means there will be no wrong choice or food envy at this ramen restaurant in Melbourne, but it might mean you’ll have to visit more than once.

11. Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake

Shyun means season in Japanese, which exemplifies the restaurant’s commitment to only using the freshest and most nutritious seasonal ingredients. Their homemade stock is made from a combination of pork bones and chicken simmered for over 10 hours to bring out its full deep flavour. Be sure to try out this ramen restaurant in Melbourne for yourself for lunch or dinner from Tuesday-Saturday.

12. Shyun Ramen Bar

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