Sometimes you want a bowl of warm, soupy, noodle-y goodness, and the packets of Maggi instant ramen sat in the back of your cupboard just won’t cut it.
As any amateur kitchen cook will know, ramen is a deceptively difficult recipe, and sometimes it just doesn’t feel feasible to cook up your own authentic Japanese dinner when you get a craving.
The 13-hour-long broth cooking time, multiple components, and wide variety of toppings can feel intimidating, so sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
But then, where do you even go to find delicious Japanese ramen in Sydney?! This list will guide you through the options on your doorstep, exploring a wide range of delicious bowls of ramen cooked by professional chefs, with absolutely no slaving away over the stove necessary for you.
Shop 211/25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Famous for their thick and tasty pork broth, this authentic ramen joint boasts a delicious menu and wealth of waving reviews.
They are particularly known for their MSG and thickener-free bone marrow broth, which is kept deliciously rich and thick by their 14-hour cooking time.
This broth is filled with collagen; the protein that keeps our skin supple, so some claim that eating here might even have some anti-aging benefits
Recommended order = The super mega ramen bowl – steeped in delicious, hearty tonkotsu broth, and loaded with three types of pork, this meaty meal is guaranteed to satisfy even the biggest of appetites.
52-54 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Gogyo, owned by the same restaurateurs that brought us Japanese dining giant Ippudo, makes notoriously tasty and unique charred kogashi ramen – where chewy noodles float in a delectably smoky miso broth.
Less well-known than their soupy counterparts, but equally mouth-watering, are their appetisers and snacks. Crispy Gyoza and fresh, juicy edamame are the perfect companion to your blackened ramen bowl and should be enjoyed with a delicious Ashai beer.
Recommended order = the burnt kogashi ramen (don’t be put off by the black broth! We promise it’s delicious, really), and a complimentary barrage of snacking plates. Think pork belly steamed buns and Japanese-style jerky.
60B Regent Street, Redfern, 2016
With locations across Sydney, including Eveleigh, Burleigh Heads, Redfern and Randwick, you’re never too far from a RaRa Ramen.
Their pared-back but still undoubtedly delicious menu ranges from bowls of thick and creamy pork tonkotsu with homemade black chilli and garlic to spicy Sichuan sesame broth and tori paitan, the chicken filled cousin of tonkotsu.
Recommended order = a must to try at this craft ramen bar is their thinner, Hakata style noodle, with their silky tonkotsu broth. Also, worth an extra few dollars is the chicken karaage – a Japanese take on fried chicken.
Served with lemon and mayonnaise, it’s the perfect appetiser to get you in the mood for some modern Japanese cuisine. The only negative to this hip joint is its popularity; you have to book ahead to ensure a table, and be prepared for weekend queues
275 Australia Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Lonely Mouth is the vegan little sister of RaRa Ramen – And has an entirely plant-based menu. This doesn’t make it delicious, though.
The delicious vegan alternatives to traditional Japanese ramen bowls include nutty tantanmen broth, accompanied by black fungus and bok choy, and veganified tori paitan, With substitute chicken made from sunflower and hemp seed.
All dishes are accompanied by housemaid thin Hakata noodles. Three cheers for Lonely Mouth – finally, an utterly delicious all-vegan ramen restaurant in Sydney!
Recommended order = Spicy plant-based tantanmen ramen, with corn tempura for starters. Absolutely delicious!
401 Sussex Street, Haymarket NSW 2000
This authentic and cost-effective restaurant combines delicate noodles, handmade ramen sauce, light broth and fully customisable toppings For a bespoke experience.
Located in Sussex Centre food court, it’s a must-visit for any foodie. Keep an eye on their Facebook page, for last-minute deals and offers.
Recommended order = the ramen and char-mayo rice bowl set – an absolute bargain for a delicious, hearty and filling meal.
238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, 2010
The creative and innovative chefs at Chaco Ramen have created a set of truly stand out dishes. Traditional flavours and married in non-traditional ways, With ingredients like yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) and scallop complimenting chilli and coriander.
Flavouring found in these bowls of soup can’t be found anywhere else in Sydney.
Here you will be served one of four signature dishes, created with an ethical ethos and eating nose-to-tail, and leaving no waste, in mind. Specials also run seasonally, and it’s best to order them when they’re in stock, as there’s no guarantee that they will be back.
Recommended order = When the weather is humid and claggy in Sydney, take yourself down to Chaco Ramen, to order their refreshing cold ramen, an umami-packed savoury delicacy.
132 Darlinghurt Road, 2010
This atmospheric supper club is great if you’re looking for a true dining experience. Bathed in and beautiful interior design, you will be served food that blends traditional Japanese techniques with the flavours of French cuisine.
High-end ingredients such as caviar and truffle, more commonly found in traditional French cookbooks, are incorporated beautifully into their luxurious ramen. Think duck meatball ramen and yuzu spiced broth.
Recommended order = you have to order the Gaku ramen with chasu pork, accompanied by Japanese cocktails and bouillabaisse karaage.
126 Liverpool Street, Sydney, 2000
This modern, minimalist restaurant was opened in 2014 by two former Gumshara chefs. Although they have definitely learnt how to make beautiful ramen from Gumshara, they have taken their own menu in a different direction.
Their big-hitting ramen is the spicy black garlic ramen, rather than tonkotsu, often accompanied by imported beer and larger. Japanese street food staple takoyaki (balls of octopus in crispy golden batter) are also one of their best menu offerings.
Recommended order = If you’re with a group, make sure you order the tsukemen, a share plate of whole wheat dipping ramen noodles, which is a comprehensive exploration of the ramen world.
Shop 1, 20 Burlington Street, Crowns Nest 2065.
This is a tiny authentic Japanese standing bar, which in Japan are integral to the eating and drinking culture. During the daytime, there is only one edition offer – their tonkotsu ramen.
The thick and creamy broth, chewy noodles, and crispy fresh toppings are ideal for a lunch out, and the contemplative atmosphere within the tiny restaurant is calm. Tachinomi patrons are expected to wipe their tables down and return their plates to the counter.
Recommended order = there is only one ramen dish on the menu, and it’s unavailable during their nighttime opening hours – but it is a superb one, brimming with rich and authentic broth.
4 4-8 Waters Road, Neutral Bay
Run by the head chef of Ramen O-San, Ramen Megumi boasts the same thick collagen-rich broth. Here, the fishy gyokai tonkotsu takes centre stage, alongside chasu pork bowls and crispy katsu curry.
Recommended order = The cheap and cheerful ramen fish tonkotsu is best ordered as a takeaway and enjoyed eaten on the sofa after a long day at work (although no one will blame you if you can’t wait to start and eat it in the street).
1C Whateley Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Part ramen restaurant, part motorbike workshop, all community spirit is Rising Sun Workshop. This restaurant really takes its motto (‘you are an honoured guest, welcome to our home’) to heart.
The combination of motorbikes and Japanese food makes the owner’s passions endearingly clear, and if anything the workshop enriches your experience of the customer (and they make a mean bowl of ramen too).
Recommended order = ‘The Light’ ramen – a blend of chicken broth, gingery tare seasoning, flavourful mushrooms, and crispy pork belly, this dish delights your taste buds with its complex but fruity flavour.
644 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
Ramen Zundo painstakingly handcrafts their dishes from scratch, making their own noodles, folding their own gyoza and boiling ramen broths for 12 hours.
The amount of time and love put into the food is evident – delectably tasty bowls of steaming ramen are served up to hungry customers, topped with jammy boiled eggs and sheets of crisp nori seaweed.
Thor speciality, however, is tsukeman ramen – chewy cold noodles served with hot, spicy dipping sauce.
Recommended order = tsukeman ramen and pan-fried gyoza dumplings. Just make sure you ask for an extra soup to mix with the dipping sauce when you’ve finished your noodles.
Macquarie Centre, 34444 Herring Road & Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113
This modern Japanese restaurant is inspired by the traditional fast-casual pace of a Japanese kitchen. Serving up fresh ingredients in innovative ways, the dining experience at Motto Motto is unrivalled.
Not only can you enjoy ramen, but Japanese burgers, rice bowls, poke bowls, curry and udon noodles.
Recommended order = the spicy red ramen is not only delicious but also great if you’re feeling peaky – the kick to it will clear a blocked nose straight away.