The 15 Best Places For Ramen in Melbourne

Ramen is one of the best and most versatile meals out there, and warming! Melbourne is a diverse and big city, with lots to do, and lots to eat. There are so many restaurants to check out in Melbourne, with almost every cuisine on each street.

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup, served with Chinese-style noodles in a meaty broth, with meat and vegetables of your choice. It is hearty and healthy, and it’s difficult to get wrong!

This is why we have put together a list of some of the best places to eat ramen in Melbourne. We’ll warn you; you’ll be hungry after you’ve read this! 

15 Best Places For Ramen in Melbourne

Shujinko 

225 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Shunjinko serves authentic Tonkotsu Ramen, which is known as Tokyo’s soul food. It is one of the first authentic ramen restaurants, and is open 24/7! What’s better than ramen all day, every day?

Shunjinko uses a special recipe for their broth, and their taste is like no other. Over twelve hours of preparation is spent making each broth, and they only use the best ingredients, which can certainly be tasted in their ramen.

They also make handmade gyozas, as well as their own noodles. This is rare for a ramen restaurant, but Shujinko takes pride in their food. Shujinko translates to ‘hero’ in Japanese, and they certainly take pride in their cooking and service.

Some of their entrees include homemade gyozas, takoyaki (octopus balls), tonkotsu (fried pork with sauce), Ebi fry (fried prawns), edamame, karaage (fried chicken), baby tako (baby octopus and wasabi mayo), and seaweed salad.

Their signature ramen comprises a tonkotsu broth (pork), bok choi, spring onion (scallions), bean sprouts, egg, and grilled pork belly. They also serve black ramen, which is spicy, with special black powder and special seasonings. 

Hakata Gensuke Tonkotsu Ramen

168 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Hakata Gensuke is a warming ramen chain situated all around Melbourne. They were founded in 2014, and they serve authentic tonkotsu ramen. Its a small, homely restaurant, with a sociable feel and plenty of seating.

They take pride in their Gensuke original pork broth that is rich, and full bodied, and flavorful. It is served with homemade thin noodles, pork cha-su, black fungus, and spring onions.

They also serve their signature black tonkotsu, which comes with pork, noodles, black fungus, spring onions, as well as black sesame paste with special fried garlic.

One of their top ramens is ‘god fire’, which is a bright, spicy pork broth, along with the usual toppings, and it is delicious. There is options to customize your ramen with a marinated egg, along with bamboo shoots, seaweed, cabbage and extra noodles/pork.

They also have some great sides, such as Hakata hitokuchi gyozas, chicken karaage, onsen tamago cha-shu Gohan (pork with rice and a poached egg), and Japanese steamed pearl rice. 

Mr Ramen San

12a/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Mr Ramen-san is a ramen restaurant, serving authentic ramen straight from Hakata. They aim to recreate their Hakata ramen in Melbourne, making sure they’re serving iconic ramen with exceptional service.

They make their own noodles, as well as their own broth in their kitchen. It has a friendly, familiar atmosphere, and guests are sure to feel welcomed at Mr Ramen-san. Their thick broth is made from pork bones, and is heated for hours to create a rich, full-bodied broth.

Their pork is steamed for hours, and is always delicious. At Mr Ramen-san, the choice is always up to you. Firstly, you are required to choose your meat. They serve charsu pork, teriyaki pork, beef, spicy chicken, seafood, as well as vegetarian options.

Then, you choose your broth. They serve classic tonkotsu broth (pork), black tonkotsu, shoyu (chicken), muso, spicy tonkotsu and spicy miso.

Their toppings include beansprouts, eggs, cabbage, spring onion, seaweed, corn, bamboo shoots, fish cake, mushrooms, and pickled vegetables.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen 

27 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a premium ramen dining experience, promising a hearty and rich meal. The restaurant is a new and innovative concept from Yamagoya Ramen, established in 1970, so they have years of experience under their belt.

Their dishes are unique and amazing quality, and are always carefully handcrafted. Firstly, it is necessary to choose your ramen base.

You can choose original tonkotsu, yuzu kosho tonkotsu (spicy citrus pork broth), spicy tobanjan (spicy bean broth), black garlic, or muso tonkotsu. Next, customize your selections.

You can choose how much of the following you would like in your ramen. The options are ramen oil, broth, spring onion, pork, soy sauce, and the texture of your noodles.

Their menu is straightforward, and ensures you will get what you order every time due to their tick-box menu style.

After you have chosen this, you can choose additional toppings such as egg, seaweed, bamboo shoots, black fungus, extra noodles, kimchi, slow cooked pork belly or pork ribs.

There are amazing sides to choose from too, including yuzu salad, karaage, potato pork croquettes, gyozas, spring rolls, as well as an extensive selection of vegetarian ramen made with white miso broth. 

Ippudo

18 Artemis Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (in QV)

Ippudo is an elegant Japanese ramen restaurant, situated around the whole of the country. Their menu is simple, and reliable. They have appetizers such as crispy takoyaki (deep-fried octopus), pork gyozas, chicken karaage, and yam fries with seaweed powder and soy mayo.

Their classic shiromaru motoaji ramen is a creamy tonkotsu broth with thin noodles, secret dashi, pork loin, beansprouts, black fungus and spring onion.s you can also add an egg and additional toppings.

They also have a modern ramen: a creamy tonkotsu broth, secret dashi, umami miso, garlic oil, thin noodles, pork belly, beansprouts, black fungus, and spring onions. This ramen is popular, and is truly innovative.

They also have a spicy minced-pork ramen, a veggie ramen, a bonito dashi ramen, and a chicken ramen with chicken negi-oil and seasoned chicken breast. 

Tora-san Ramen

15 Best Places For Ramen in Melbourne

410 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Tora-san Ramen is an inexpensive and authentic ramen restaurant in the city center of Melbourne. Their dishes are delicious and flavorful, with exceptional sides, desserts and starters.

They serve karaage chicken, pork gyozas, chicken namban, and teriyaki chicken. Their famous matcha cheesecake is delectable, along with the strawberry rice cake and taiyaki (fish shaped sweet cake).

They have their signature tonkotsu ramen in a rich pork broth, and tan tan ramen which is rich in sesame flavor. They also serve a signature miso ramen, and a range of Japanese curry with katsu chicken or fried chicken

Shop Ramen

329 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Shop Ramen is a homely Japanese takeout and dining restaurant in Melbourne. They serve authentic and warming dishes, as well as their hearty ramen. They have amazing white buns with lovely fillings.

For example, the pork belly, cucumber, garlic and bulldog sauce bun is a hit with customers, as well as their brisket, peanut and kimchi bun. All of their ramen is handmade, and made with free-range chicken broth.

They have a shoyu ramen with pork belly, egg, oyster mushrooms, broccoli and yuzu oi, a tantan ramen, with beef brisket, sesame kimchi, peanuts and a spicy oil. There is also a less authentic ramen, their miso bbq chicken ramen with burnet cabbage and buttered corn.

All of their dishes are rich, delicious and inexpensive. There are also some cold dishes to choose from such as their salmon rice bowl with smoked salmon, an egg, cucumber, leek, edamame and a miso buttermilk sauce. 

Musashi Ramen

Level 1/181 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Musashi Ramen is an upscale, modern, and quality ramen restaurant in ramen. Their ramen is made by head chef Rikisai Miyajima, who has twenty-five years of experience making authentic quality ramen.

Their noodles are handcrafted and are the perfect addition to their rich broth. They serve gyozas, donburi, Japanese ‘tapas’, as well as fine-dining style dishes.

They have a wagyu M9+ sukiyaki nabe served with udon noodles, which is served in a rich pork broth, with greens, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots. Their ramen is unique, yet still authentic.

For example, they have a pork gyoza ramen which features gyozas as the main body of the ramen. They have a chicken chashu ramen which is chicken served in a rich pork broth with vegetables.

Their sides consist of salmon sashimi, gobo chips, fresh vegetables, seaweed salad, wagyu tataki and fresh oysters. 

Parco Ramen X Shujinko

427 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Parko Ramen is a beautiful, modern ramen restaurant, serving unique and hearty dishes. One of their special dishes is the rich Australian lobster ramen served with baby lobster tails, egg, spinach, spring onions, and pork gyozas in a rich lobster broth.

Their signature ramen comes with a creamy chicken broth, dashi egg, spring onions, sesame, nori, charred pork or chicken chashu. They also have a signature truffle ramen, with a rich truffle and shiitake broth with chashu pork, spinach, mushrooms and an egg.

Parco Ramen has a range of donburi too, including a chicken karaage don, a chicken chashu don, and beef Japanese curry rice. The restaurant has an excellent selection of sides as well as beer and wine. 

Onsen Donburi

609 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Onsen Donburi is a Japanese restaurant serving classic tonkotsu ramen, as well as flavorful donburi. Their tonkotsu ramen is served in a rich creamy pork broth with the classic toppings, and there’s a spicy option, too. They also have a tantanmen pork broth with minced pork, along with a mazemen ramen without soup, and a miso vegetarian ramen with lots of vegetables. Their donburi dishes are popular too, especially their karaage chicken donburi with fried soy chicken and their Ebi (prawn) and tartar sauce rice. 

Ajisen Ramen 

7 Loc Melbourne – Melbourne Central, Chadstone, Glen Waverly, Knox, Epping, Werribee, Maribyrnong

Ajisen Ramen is a worldwide ramen restaurant, founded in 1968 in Japan by Takaharu Shigemitsu. There are over 800 branches of the restaurant globally, and their Melbourne restaurant was established in 2004.

Their goal is for customers to get the best quality food at an affordable price. The restaurant serves entrees, bento, donburi, ramen, vegetarian dishes and drinks.

They have a large selection of ramen, including chashu pork ramen, tofu ramen, spicy minced pork ramen, tori karaage ramen, volcano (spicy pork) ramen, spare rib ramen, crab ramen, chargrilled beef ramen and so much more.

All of their broth is cooked for hours, and is rich and creamy. Their delicious entrees include soft shell crab, grilled pork cheek, deep-fried eggplant, tori karaage, and gyozas. 

Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake

6a Anchor Pl, Prahran VIC 3181 Australia

Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake is a modern Japanese restaurant, with excellent food and beautiful decor. The restaurant aims to transport those who dine there to a small street in Japan, and getting the best authentic experience.

The dishes they serve are fine-dining worthy and are served in a casual, familial atmosphere. Their menu is simple, yet effective.

They serve sides such as pork gyozas, swordfish bao buns and chicken karaage, as well as osozai dishes such as salmon sashimi and chicken karaage with yuzu mayo.

Their yoku ono ramen is served with either chicken thigh or pork belly, in a rich, aromatic broth with vegetables. They also serve a miso broth ramen, sesame and spicy pork ramen, and a fresh tuna sashimi chilled ramen with wasabi sauce. 

Gogyo Fitzroy

413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065, Australia

Gogyo is a project restaurant founded by the owner of IPPUDO. It was founded in 2003, and is defined as a casual-chic Japanese restaurant and ramen bar with a chilled atmosphere and a great bar.

They serve contemporary Japanese dishes that are intended to be consumed before ramen. This includes pickled cucumber, wagyu spring rolls, burdock chips, rock potato, pork belly bao buns, gyozas and karaage chicken.

They have a classic tonkotsu ramen, along with a miso and chicken ramen, a spicy chicken ramen with minced pork, along with vegetarian options. 

Gyoza Gyoza Melbourne Central

Level 1, Melbourne Central, La Trobe Street Entrance, VIC 3000, Australia

Gyoza Gyoza is a Japanese Izakaya style bar and restaurant in central Melbourne. There are six branches across the city, and they serve quality and authentic Japanese food with a unique dining experience.

An izakaya is a type of Japanese pub, where small-sized dishes and great drinks are served in a warm atmosphere. All of their dishes are the same price, and there are over eighty to choose from before you eat your ramen.

They serve lobster ramen with a lobster broth, and they have a DIY ramen process where you choose your broth, toppings, and noodles, with your lobster.

Shonan Kamakura

9 Katherine Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Shonan Kamakura is run by passionate chefs and restaurateurs who share a love for Japanese food. Their food is artistic, and they are based in the heart of the city.

They have a range of Japanese dishes, such as chicken katsu, gyozas, deep-fried tofu, poke bowls, sushi, salad, as well as ramen. Their ramen is classic and divine.

It is a tonkotsu ramen, served with seared chashu pork, with black fungus, spring onion, and other toppings such as eggs, bean shoots, and bok choi. 

Dylan Cole