It used to be that if you wanted a good ramen in Australia, you had to jump on a plane and fly for eight hours to Tokyo. Now all you have to do is go to Haymarket in Sydney.
Menya make all their broths in the traditional way (which is the most important bit) and hand make their own noodles with love and tenderness (which is the even more important bit).
Beautiful home style Japanese food made authentically? Yes please.
The grub: Along with the dizzying array of ramens, Menya also offer a good selection of rice based dishes (dons) of which the pork katsu-don is the pick. But you’re in a noodle bar, so do as the Romans would (so to speak), and dive into the ramens.
The Tonkotsu ramen broth is richly flavoured, the noodles are perfectly textured, soft in the mouth and yet still firm enough to be thoroughly chewed, and it comes with a few big pieces of succulent pork and half a soft boiled egg.
If pig is not your thing, you can also eat your noodles in a broth made from chicken. Or, if you’re unconscionably dull you can have vegetable stock as well. You can also tailor the richness of the broth, whether you want it spicy or not, as well as the amount of noodles.
So many choices…
Behind the bar: Water, coke or iced green tea. You want a beer? Bring it yourself!
Bill please: A plate of delicious Gyoza (a sort of crispy Japanese dumpling) and a bowl of Tonkotsu Ramen will set you back less than $20, that’s a bargain!
Verdict: Go there immediately and gorge upon noodles and broth! If Tokyo’s “Ramen Battles” have made it this far south, the war has already been won.
The weather was cold,
The noodles though warmed my mouth
I give this five stars
8 Quay St, Haymarket. menya.com.au