Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, CBD

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a ramen bar in the CBD that opened in April, located on Russell St. between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. It's quite hidden as it's located in the basement, and there's no obvious signs indicating a restaurant exists here. The restaurant prides itself on a premium Japanese ramen cuisine dine-in concept that is authentic, hearty and delicious.

The restaurant is made up of an assortment of Japanese style rooms, booths, tables in the middle and a bar like area where you can see the ramen being made in front of you. The decor of the place is a fusion between modern and traditional Japanese style, with a combination of calligraphy art and instructions on how to eat ramen written in Japanese. The staff were very attentive and friendly, and everytime new customers walked in, they all greeted them in a japanese welcome. The service here was also the fastest I'd ever seen - we'd only ordered less than five minutes ago when our food was served.

The menu at Ikkoryu Fukuoka is quite limited, and the style reminds me of another ramen bar I've blogged about before, Hakata Gensuke. There's five ramen dishes to choose from as well as some entrees and desserts, and there's a range of options regarding the ramen and broth. You can also add a range of toppings to your ramen at additional costs, depending on what you get. One thing I thought was really good was that you can choose to have free extra noodles to your dish, at no additional charges. If you select this on the order you fill out, you just let the staff know when you want the extra noodles, and they'll bring it out for you. It's actually quite a generous amount for extra noodles; they give you about a third of the size of the bowl itself.

My friend ordered the black garlic tonkatsu ramen with the special roast garlic oil ($17), and selected the hard texture for the ramen. The pork slices in here were very soft and thin, and there was a good balance of fat to meat. The roasted garlic taste meant it was slightly less of a garlicy flavour, and was also a bit sweeter. With the additional extra noodles, the portion was just right to make you feel satisfied but not extremely full.


The original tonkatsu ramen ($15) I ordered consisted of chashu, spring onion, bamboo shoots, black fungus and dried seaweed, and I chose to have normal texture for the ramen. What I enjoyed most about this dish was that you could really taste the flavour of the pork in the broth, and at the same time it wasn't too salty. The ramen had good elasticity, and contrasted nicely with the crunch of the spring onion, black fungus and beanshoots. Each table comes with a range of condiments, and I found that the sesame oil and chopped garlic really helped enhance the flavours of the soup for a more flavoursome taste, and was really delicious.


Overall it was an enjoyable experience at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen; the prices are pretty decent for the amount you get, and the whole vibe of the restaurant is very cheerful and upbeat. Perfect for this cold weather to warm you right up!

Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 9/10
Food: 8.5/10
Price: 8/10

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