Slurp up the best ramen Sydney has to offer.
It’s that time of year where we find ourselves in search of all things comfort related. Leaving the warmth of your doona may be a difficult task, so here’s a list of where to find Sydney’s best bowls of ramen to lure you out from under the covers.
People are going gaga for RaRa Ramen, a newcomer Sydney’s ramen scene. Located in Redfern, it is not uncommon to see those eager to dive into a bowl of this ramen queued outside the small restaurant. Ramen ‘you’d slurp on the streets of Japan’, the stocks and noodles are made in store daily.
RaRa Ramen, 66b Regent St, Redfern NSW 2016, Open Mon closed, Tues – Sun 12pm – 2:30pm, Tues & Weds 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Thurs & Fri 5:30pm – 10pm, Sat 5pm – 10pm, Sun 5pm - 8:30pm.
This Surry Hills eatery is an offshoot of the company that bought us Ippudo, so naturally the ramen is pretty exceptional. This ‘casual-chic’ ramen bar invites guests to sit and enjoy Japanese style appetisers with a drink, before diving into steaming bowls of delicious ramen.
Gogyo, 52-54 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Open Mon – Friday 12pm – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm, Sat 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30 – 10pm, Sun 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 8:30pm
Chaco Bar is Darlinghurst’s favourite small Japanese restaurant, and with only 25 seats, this energetic spot fills up fast. Offering 4 types of ramen, and a small selection of sides, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into the back streets of Tokyo. Make sure you check out the healthy selection of sakes on offer. Whilst you can’t get this ramen 24/7, they offer a selection of yakitori when the ramen isn’t available.
Chaco Bar ramen, 238 Crown street Darlinghurst NSW, 2010, Open Mon 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Wed – Sat 11:30am- 2:30 pm, Sun 11:30 – 2:30, 5pm – 8:30pm.
Ippudo is a global chain that arrived on Australian shores a few years ago. Since that time, this ramen institution has grown to include four outlets, with eateries in Chatswood, Central Park, Macquarie and Westfield. Ippudo is a reliable choice for ramen and is always good value. Unlike most ramen venues, they offer a popular veggie option.
Ippudo, Sydney CBD, Central Park, Macquarie, Chatswood, See their website for opening hours.
Hakata-Maru is another global chain to have graced Aussie shores. This chain has over 800 outlets in Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, America and Russia. Hakata sets itself apart by using noodles that are slightly thinner compared to other ramen noodles.
Located in the Eating World Food Court in Chinatown, Gumshara has become a cult classic for Sydneysiders, who have been going crazy for it since 2009. They are famous for their thicker style pork broth, however they do offer the more common styles like shoyu ramen and miso ramen.
Manpuku is famous among UNSW students who regularly fill the outlet in Kingsford. If the Eastern suburbs is a bit of a stretch and you’re located on the other side of the bridge, there’s also a Manpuku outlet in Chatswood. We love the cute touch of printing the ‘Manpuku’ business name on the seaweed.
Manpuku Kingsford, 482 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, 2032, Open Mon – Sun 11:00am – 9:30pm.
Manpuku Chatswood, 226 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, 2067, Open Mon – Sun 11:30am – 9pm.
Located on Liverpool Street on the outskirts of Chinatown is Yasaka. Along with the usual suspects and classic Japanese side dishes, Yasaka offers a massive $39 bowl of ramen. Called the ‘Mashi Mashi King’, it is topped with grilled pork rib, Kakuni (braised pork belly), chashu (some more pork), an egg, spring onions, bamboo shoots, seaweed, cabbage and bean sprouts. Whilst they recommend you share this monster bowl, we personally like a challenge of eating it solo.
Yasaka, 126 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000, Open Mon – Sat 11:30am – 10:30pm, Sun 11:30am – 9:30pm
Toko Sydney has been impressing Surry Hills locals and Japanese cuisine enthusiasts with their food and drinks menu since they first opened back in 2010. The winter season now sees the return of their acclaimed ramen to the Saturday lunch menu. Dishing up three options including a truffle infused broth and vegan ramen, it’s limited in availability, so don’t dawdle.
Toko Sydney, 490 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Open Sat 12pm – 3pm.
The specialty dish at this ramen joint is Tsukumen ramen, a style of ramen where the noodles come separately to the broth. Head to Ramen Zundo, in World Square, and cue your messy attempts at dipping the noodles into the broth pre-slurping them up.
Ramen Zundo, 644 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Open Mon – Sun 11:30am – 9pm.
Ryo’s has been a hidden gem of the Lower North Shore for a long time, and more recently they have ventured to the Eastern suburbs and opened a Bondi restaurant. Neither eatery is anything elaborate, but the long lines outside are testament to the quality of ramen they provide.
Ryo’s Bondi, 106 Ebley St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Open Mon & Tue 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 8:30pm, Wed closed, Thurs- Sun 5pm – 8:30pm.
Ryo’s Crows Nest, 125 Falcon St, Crows Nest NSW 2065, Open Mon & Tue 12pm – 2pm, 5pm – 9pm, Wed closed, Thurs – Sun 12pm – 2pm, 5pm – 9pm.
This modern ramen restaurant has 19 variations of hot ramen and a cold option, because why not? This CBD nook also has an a la carte menu with other Japanese favourites, meaning there’s something to suit all needs.
Menya, Shop 2, 1 Market Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Open Lunch Mon – Sat 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner Mon – Wed & Sat 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Thurs & Fri 5:30pm – 9:30pm.
This bike workshop come Japanese restaurant is located in Newtown. This is probably the only place you will find a breakfast ramen, with buttered toast and bone broth, bacon, egg and tomato. From 10am, they even sling a couple breakfast cocktails to round off the experience.
Rising Sun, 1c Whateley Street, Newtown NSW 2042, Open Sun – Tues 8am – 4pm, Weds – Sun 8am – 3:30pm, 4pm – 10pm
Ichi-ban Boshi have been feeding Sydneysiders with their ramen for over 20 years, so they must be doing something right. Ichi-ban Boshi have 2 CBD locations and one in the Eastern suburbs, however the menus do differ slightly between locations.
Sydney City, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Open 7 days, 11am – 9pm
Bondi, Shop 1, 171-173 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW, Open 7 days 11am – 9pm.
Sydney Express, Shop 8 lower ground, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Open Mon – Weds & Fri 11am – 6pm, Thurs 11am – 8pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm
Fried chicken aficionados, Butter are once again tempting us with their fried chicken ramen. This double up of comfort foods will be on the menu at the Parramatta eatery every day and at the Surry Hills location Sunday through Thursday.
Butter Surry Hills, 6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.
Butter Parramatta, Shop 3, 140 Marsden Street Parramatta NSW 2150.
Both Open Mon – Thurs 11:30am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am – 11:30pm, Sun 12pm – 9pm.