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 cook will know, ramen is a deceptively difficult recipe. Given this it sometimes just doesn’t feel feasible to cook up your own authentic Japanese dinner when you get a craving.
And let’s be honest – the 13-hour-long broth cooking time, multiple components, and wide variety of toppings can feel intimidating. Understandably, it’s sometimes 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. We’ve explored a wide range of addictively good bowls of ramen cooked by professional chefs. So with our help, you can slurp comforting noodles without having to slave away over a stove.
Here’s our take on the best ramen restaurants in Sydney.
Location: Eating Street Food Court, Shop 211/25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket, NSW 2000 Ph: 0410253 180
Famous for their thick and tasty Pork Broth, this authentic ramen joint boasts a delicious menu and a wealth of positive 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.
Location: 52-54 Albion St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9212 0003
Gogyo, owned by the same restaurateurs that brought us Japanese dining giant Ippudo, makes a famously tasty and unique Charred Kogashi Ramen. Think chewy noodles floating 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.
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Location: 66b Regent Street, Redfern, NSW 2016 Ph: (02) 9698 9994
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 latter is 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.
Note: The only negative to this hip joint is its popularity. This means you have to book ahead to ensure a table, and be prepared for weekend queues.
Location: 275 Australia Street, Newtown, NSW 2042 Ph: (02) 9519 2465
Lonely Mouth is the vegan little sister of RaRa Ramen and home to an entirely plant-based menu.
The delicious vegan alternatives to traditional Japanese Ramen Bowls include nutty Tantanmen Broth, accompanied by Black Fungus and Bok Choy. Or try the 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 there’s an utterly delicious all-vegan ramen restaurant in Sydney!
Recommended Order – Spicy plant-based Tantanmen Ramen, with Corn Tempura for starters. Absolutely delicious!
Editor’s Note: Sadly, it seems that Lonely Mouth has closed. We will let you know when we know more. As this is the case, give this venue a try instead...
Location: Darling Square, 6/8 Nicolle walk, Haymarket, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 7903 0733 & 1/475 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW 2067 Ph: (02) 9884 8861
This newer entry on our rundown of the best ramen restaurants in Sydney specialises in Hakata-style Tonkotsu Ramen. That means thinner noodles which are cooked al dente – rather like authentic Italian spaghetti.
It worth mentioning that they also do a number of Rice dishes, Dumplings and Karaage Chicken. Their Bao Trio is also popular.
Always busy, don’t go expecting lots of personal service. However, the food is good and arrives quickly.
Recommended Order – The Signature Ramen is a winner and – if you’re not put off by the colour – the Black Tonkotsu, which is rich with fragrant Black Garlic Oil.
Location: 401 Sussex Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9281 0998
This authentic and cost-effective restaurant combines delicate Noodles, handmade Ramen Sauce, a Light Broth and fully customisable toppings. The result is a totally bespoke dining experience. No wonder it made our list of the finest ramen restaurants in Sydney.
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. You don’t want to miss out on trying one of the top ramen restaurants in Sydney.
Recommended Order – The Ramen and Char-Mayo Rice Bowl Set – an absolute bargain for a tasty, hearty and filling meal.
Editor’s Note: Sadly, it seems that Ramen O-San has closed. We will let you know when we know more. As this is the case, why not try here instead…?
Location: Sydney City, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9262 7677 & Bondi Junction, Shop 1, 171-173 Oxford St, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 Ph: (02) 9369 3980 & Sydney Express, Shop 8 Lower Ground, The Galeries, 500 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9264 7780
When you’re been open as long as the Sydney City branch of Ichiban Boshi has and you’re still got queues forming outside the door, you’ve got to be doing something right.
Whilst the menu is both authentic and wide-ranging, at eh end if the day, it’s all about the ramen. The Tokyo Ramen is really rather special. From the soy-sauce rich soup to the roast pork and veggies, this is a bowl of harmonious flavours.
However, the star of the show it the Tonkotsu Ramen. They only serve 30 bowls of this incredible dish a day, so if you are one of the lucky ones, enjoy every slurp!
Recommended Order – The Tonkotsu Ramen – a magical combo of house-made noodles in a pork-based broth that builds in intensity over many hours of cooking.
Location: 238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9007 8352
The creative and innovative chefs at Chaco Ramen have conjured up a set of truly stand out dishes. Traditional flavours are combined in non-traditional ways. Here’s you’ll find intriguing ingredients like Yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) and Scallop complimented by chilli and coriander.
We’re confident that the flavourings found in these bowls of soup can’t be found anywhere else in town. It’ also one of the reasons that we feel it’s amongst the best ramen restaurants in Sydney.
Here you will be served one of four signature dishes. Each of these items is created within the confines of a firm ethical ethos – eating nose-to-tail – which means no waste.
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Moreover, Chaco Ramen runs seasonal Specials. With this in mind, 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. It’s a umami-packed savoury delicacy.
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Location: 2/132 Darlinghurt Road, NSW 2010 Ph: 0426 229 254
This atmospheric supper club is great if you’re looking for a true dining experience. Relax in the beautiful interior design whilst you are 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 skilfully 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.
Location: 126 Liverpool Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Next on our rundown of the best ramen restaurants in Sydney we have Yasaka Ramen.
This modern, minimalist restaurant was opened in 2014 by two former Gumshara chefs. Although they 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. This yummy bowlful is best accompanied by imported beer and larger. Japanese street food staple Takoyaki (balls of octopus in crispy golden batter) is another of their standout menu offerings.
Recommended Order – If you’re with a group, make sure you order the Tsukemen. This is a share plate of whole wheat dipping Ramen Noodles, which gives a comprehensive exploration of the ramen world.
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Location: Shop 1/20 Burlington Street, Crowns Nest, NSW 2065
Over in Crow’s Nest you’ll find this is a tiny authentic Japanese standing bar. In Japan, places such as this are integral to the eating and drinking culture. During the daytime, there is only one meal 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. Another authentic Japanese touch.
Recommended Order – There is only one ramen dish on the menu, and it’s unavailable during their nighttime opening hours. However, it is a superb one, with a rich and authentic broth.
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Location: Shop 4, 4-8 Waters Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089
From Crow’s Nest we hop over to Neutral Bay for the next of our best ramen restaurants in Sydney.
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 great 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).
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Location: 1C Whateley Street, Newtown, NSW 2042 Ph: (02) 9550 3891
Part ramen restaurant, part motorbike workshop, but all community spirit, the Rising Sun Workshop has a vibe all of its own. This restaurant really takes its motto (‘you are an honoured guest, welcome to our home’) to heart.
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The combination of motorbikes and Japanese food makes the owner’s passions endearingly clear. And if anything, the workshop enhances your experience as a customer. Although it definitely helps that 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 will delight your taste buds with its complex but fruity flavour.
Location: 644 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9264 6113
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. The result is delectably tasty bowls of steaming Ramen served up to hungry customers, topped with jammy Boiled Eggs and sheets of crisp Nori Seaweed.
Their 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.
Of course, Japanese cuisine is more than yummy Ramen. Find out more in our guide to the Best Japanese Restaurants in Sydney
Location: Level 3, Macquarie Centre, 34444 Herring Road & Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113 Ph: (02) 9805 1386
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This is a modern Japanese restaurant 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 also 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.
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