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Little Ramen Bar (Little Bourke Street | Melbourne CBD)

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Address: 346 Little Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
How to get there: Walk from Melbourne Central train station; Tram No. 19, 57 and 59
Telephone: (03) 9670 5558
Trading Hours: Monday ~ Saturday | Lunch 1200
Website: http://www.littleramenbar.com.au
Dining conditions: Saturday 8 June 2013 – Lunch (12:30pm)
Average Per Head: $10.90
Hits & Misses: Recommended
Little Ramen Bar Menu

Courtesy of Little Ramen Bar

As the demand for Asian flavours boom over the last 5 years, Japanese cuisine became more than just a familiar flavour. The Little Ramen Bar is two doors away from the popular Shanghai Street Dumpling house on Little Bourke Street, it is yet another small culture restaurant who took its stance in the Melbourne CBD.

Ramen or Japanese soup noodle – originated from a country well known for its food culture and lots of other unique industries (*wink*), it is best enjoyed with hot broth and can be served in a variety of flavours – hence, it is not surprising for a restaurant to specialise in only ramen. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen as they were able to source local and unique raw ingredients.

There are about 16 Victorian restaurants registered on Urbanspoon who specialise in ramen, with Ajisen Ramen dominating the ramen franchise. I guess we have the pleasure to enjoy unique Melbourne ramen flavours.

Let’s go and take a look at this newbie:

12:30pm - The Anticipation

12:30pm – The Anticipation

The restaurant is petite. It is suitable for small dining groups.

The restaurant is petite. It is suitable for small dining groups.

いらっしゃいませ!~

いらっしゃいませ!~

What we ordered:

  • Hokkaido Ramen 北海道ラーメン – Hokkaido Ramen combines mixed vegetables, corn and butter for a rich and flavourful miso broth. (p, v) $12.50
Be aware that Miso soup base can be very salty, so if it is not your piece of cake, perhaps let their staff know to reduce the miso paste they add.

Be aware that Miso soup base can be very salty, so if it is not your piece of cake, perhaps let their staff know to reduce the miso paste they add.

  • Shoyu Ramen 東京ラーメン – Tokyo-style soy and clear chicken broth served with beansprouts, seaweed, bamboo shoots, spring onion, BBQ pork and a fish cake slice. (p, v) $10.90
Clear chicken broth made the whole dish so flavoursome! The bamboo shoots tasted a bit funny, I didn't like it, I suspect that they used canned products. Fresh bamboo shoots would be much better but you won't find them in Melbourne markets. On the other hand, the soaked seaweed made the soup taste really good. Other than the bamboo shoots, I liked the dish.

Clear chicken broth made the whole dish so flavoursome! The bamboo shoots tasted a bit funny, I didn’t like it, I suspect that they used canned products. Fresh bamboo shoots would be much better but you won’t find them in Melbourne markets. On the other hand, the soaked seaweed made the soup taste really good. Other than the bamboo shoots, I liked the dish.

Total Bill: $23.40

 

Overall I rate the Little Ramen Bar with 4/6 Stars, if you are around the area and can spare some time to wait in line – you might as well.

Ambience 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/6

Quality 🌟🌟🌟🌟/6

Service 🌟🌟🌟🌟/6

Uniqueness 🌟🌟🌟🌟/6

Total 🌟🌟🌟🌟/6

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