02 May 2010
Takeru Casual Japanese Dining ~ Sussex Street, City
The hunt for best ramen in Sydney continues…
Half the fun in street-eatin' is finding new places. We stumbled upon 'Takeru Casual Japanese Dining' a few weeks ago while taking a walk after eating in Chinatown. One look at the menu told us that this place was good. Today we found ourselves in the city so we came back to give it a whirl. We were so confident it would be good we were planning a second visit before we had eaten.
We'd come back just for the green tea iced latte above, with a scoop of green tea ice cream, oh my god. Nearly every diner had one and folks were getting them takeway too. The menu said these drinks were 'Number 1'. Rightly so. $3.50.
Also described as 'Number 1' was the Kumamoto Tonkotsu Ramen. This is what I came for. The waitress said it was her favourite. This is one of the best broths I have had in Sydney: a nice light porky flavour, light milky texture, almost as good as Japan. The noodles were also top notch, al dente with a buttery aftertaste. If the googie egg was soft boiled I would declare this my favourite tonkotsu ramen in Sydney. This week anyway. $10.90.
Miss Chicken raves about the Sapporo Miso Ramen: the broth has very nicely balanced pork and miso flavour, not overpowering or salty, al dente noodles.
The dried garlic and shallots are like a natural msg that give the broth a real lift.
The interior is dark and calming, modern and urban. Authentically squishy. Lovely, chirpy, Japanese service. A nice retreat from the city.
We are keen to come back soon. Takeru does half-size dishes for around $7 each so you can try a couple of things at a time, or just have a light snack. The menu also had a range of Japanese pastas that we want to try, we never tried the pasta in Japan and we kick ourselves for it.
We leave very happy... We were busting to try the LNC Desert House next door but we were just too full, we did find room for a Crunky chocolate bar from the Japanese Supermarket, it's like a Nestle Crunch, only Crunky.
Takeru Japanese Casual Dining is at 339 Sussex Street, City.