Perth has no shortage of Japan’s favourite comfort food – here are our favourite picks for where to get your next ramen hit.
Perth ramen fiends will need no introduction to Nao Ramen. Since relocating from their original Murray Street digs, they’ve continued to set the standard. Choosing from four broth flavours (shoyu, miso, shio and spicy miso), four styles of noodles (original egg, green spinach, red chilli or black squid ink), as well as an array of extra toppings you can customise your order to make your perfect bowl of ramen. If it’s a hot day, check out their specialty cold ramen and tsukemen.
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Shop 191, 580 Hay Street, Perth
Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King
If you’re going to do just one thing, you’ve gotta do it well. That’s the whole idea behind cult noodle chain Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King – ramen, and that’s it. Founded by Keisuke Takeda and attached to the Melbourne Hotel, arrive knowing that although you might have to wait for a seat, you will be richly rewarded.
33 Milligan Street, Perth
If you name your restaurant Super Tasty, you’ve got a lot to live up to. Luckily, beloved ramen chain Bari-Uma have more than held up their end of the deal with their first Australian location. Rich porky broth, thick-cut chashu, jammy eggs and some A+ sides as well.
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63 Barrack Street, Perth
The latest in the line of ramen joints to occupy this Roe Street spot, Manichi is living up to its predecessors. Another global chain, Manichi has been operating since the 50s – firstly as a small dumpling store, before becoming a ramen shop, then expanding into its nine international locations. This ramen is legit: a full-bodied tonkotsu broth, your choice of noodle firmness, and of course – a serving of gyoza.
7/62 Roe Street, Northbridge
Dosukoi is NOT the place for a leisurely, chatty lunch. This super-popular Freo Market stall is fast and furious, pumping out ramen at a crazy pace, and at a super cheap price. A bowl of ramen for under nine bucks? It deserves a double take. Order inside, leave your number and have a browse through the markets while you wait for your table.
Shop 7, Fremantle Markets, corner South Terrace and Henderson Street, Fremantle
Ramen Samurai are serious when it comes to ramen. From the fresh in-house noodles to a broth that’s simmered for over ten hours – Ramen Samurai can certainly hold their own. But don’t mistake that for being slaves to authenticity, these guys are open to experimentation: kimchi ramen, curry ramen, and heaps of customisations available for even the most particular noodle fan.
902 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
After winning hearts in Melbourne, Hakata Gensuke finally made it over to Perth in 2017. With a signature tonkotsu broth, or a choice of black sesame tonkotsu, the spicy “God Fire”, or the lighter shio tonkotsu options, these guys know soup. Get a top-up of their noodles, which are chewier and finer than you might traditionally expect, and made in-house with a specialty blend of flour.
850 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
Hailing from ramen mecca Hakata, Ippudo has become a global ramen institution. Certainly not minimalists, the menu ranges from bar snacks, to salads, to steamed buns. But it’s the ramen that really shines – and in particular their specialty tonkotsu broth. Whether you choose the original, creamy option, with miso and garlic oil, or with spicy ground pork miso, it definitely deserves to be slurped up at full zuzutto volume.
Shops 1.2 and 1.3, Kings Square, 556 Wellington Street, Perth
Shop R204 Westfield Carousel, 1382 Albany Highway, Cannington
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