Dive Into Sydney’s Newest Ramen Hotspot, Mensho Tokyo

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 8 July 2024
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Dive Into Sydney’s Newest Ramen Hotspot, Mensho Tokyo

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 8 July 2024

Slurp your way to happiness at Mensho Tokyo Sydney. Fresh noodles, rich broths, and a touch of Japanese magic await.

The Sydney CBD has a new resident, and it’s causing quite a stir. Tucked away in a hidden alleyway, Mensho Tokyo, the globally recognised ramen chain, has arrived, drawing long lines of eager diners with its promise of authentic yet innovative bowls of Japanese comfort food.

Mensho Tokyo Cooking Noodles

For those familiar with the ramen scene, Mensho Tokyo is a name synonymous with quality and creativity. Founded in 2005 by ramen master Tomoharu Shono, the restaurant has carved a niche for itself by embracing a “farm-to-bowl” ethos. This dedication to fresh, local ingredients translates beautifully in Sydney, where the menu boasts springy noodles crafted from Australian brown wheat milled right there in the restaurant.

Stepping into Mensho Tokyo is like stepping into a modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese ramen house. Black and gold accents create a chic, contemporary vibe, while artwork depicting Mount Fuji adds a touch of cultural reverence. The true focal point, however, is the open kitchen. Here, diners are treated to a live performance – a symphony of carefully practised movements and meticulous precision as the ramen masters assemble steaming bowls of aromatic broth and perfectly cooked noodles.

Mensho Tokyo Slurping Ramen

The menu itself is a testament to Mensho Tokyo’s commitment to both tradition and innovation. Classic ramen lovers will find solace in the Toripaitan, a rich and creamy chicken broth simmered for hours to coax out its full depth of flavour. Shono’s creativity takes centre stage in the duck and matcha ramen, a visually stunning dish where vibrant green noodles nestle in a fragrant broth, artfully plated to resemble waves of good fortune. But the undisputed star of the Sydney menu is the exclusive lobster bisque ramen. This decadent creation features a whole lobster perched atop a luxuriously rich and flavourful broth, a true indulgence for seafood lovers.

Mensho Tokyo isn’t just about ramen, though. A selection of carefully curated side dishes complements the main event perfectly. The Kurozu Karaage chicken, crispy and juicy with its sweet and sour dipping sauce, is a delightful starter. And the addictive enoki mushroom chips, light and airy with a hint of smokiness, are a must-try for any table.

Mensho Tokyo Dining Room

Shono’s dedication to quality extends beyond the ingredients and into the heart of the restaurant. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, offering personalised recommendations and ensuring a smooth dining experience. The focus on fresh, local produce and meticulous preparation means that each bowl of ramen is a testament to Shono’s culinary passion.

While there may be a wait, especially during peak hours, the queues are a sign of the quality and experience Mensho Tokyo offers. So, the next time you’re craving a comforting and flavourful meal, or simply seeking a taste of Japan in the heart of Sydney, don’t be afraid to venture down that hidden alleyway.

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