We had to wait a few minutes as we managed to catch the tail end of the lunch time rush before we could get a seat. Decor is very Japanese with the wooden tables.
Ippudo directly translates to “one wind hall”, at the time dark clouds hung over Kyushu ramen industry, and the founder CEO Kawahara intended to “blow wind and revolutionise the era”. Ippudo speclises in Hakata style ramen – thinner ramen noodles originating in Hakata city in Japan, so that it would cook faster in order to feed the hungry fishermen.
I wasn’t very hungry that day, but decided to order one bowl of ramen to share.
Goyza – small, oily and relatively cold. not to my full liking to be honest. I have never see goyzas being served with chopped spring onions. the dumpling itself was not as succulent as the ones I have had in Japan.
Ippudo Pork Bun – Steamed bun with braised pork and Ippudo original sauce – was ok. the steam bun was not as fluffy as i hoped it to be and was very commercially prepared looking bun. the pork was extremely fatty. Perhaps 50% of the pork was fat which mean half of it was left on the dish. filled with Japanese mayonnaise, a small crisp piece of iceberg lettuce and a single slice of sweet, soft pork belly.
Shiromaru Motoaji Ippudo – original tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprouts, black mushroom & shallots. Classic Hakata-style ramen. – small serving sizes compared to those in Japan.
The soup is thick but not gluggy and served piping hot and has a really smooth, creamy flavour to it. The ramen noodles are actually quite a bit thinner than I’ve ever had and they’re delicate but still nice and springy and not soft at all.
Some of the items on the menu were not very authentic Japanese, such as camembert tempura. I think some of the items were developed to cater for the local market.
Even though the restaurant originated from Japan, it is not very authentic. It is fairly expensive compare to other places in Sydney serving similar sort of food. There was nothing that overwhelmed me to come back again.
Location: Westfield Sydney, Level 5, Sydney, NSW, Australia