All cultures have their comfort foods, but for when it comes to international appeal, few dishes have such a broad fan-base as ramen.
A Japanese staple, ramen combines flavour and nutrition in a big bowl of soupy goodness. Honestly, what’s not to love?
If you’re a lover of this warming meal and happen to live in the Queensland capital, check out the following list. We’ve rounded up the 15 best ramen restaurants in Brisbane, so grab your chopsticks and get slurping.
Location: CBD Queen St, Level 2, 480 Queen St, Brisbane QLD 4000
South Brisbane: 154 Melbourne St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Opening Hours: Queen St location: 7 days a week (12pm – weekdays 11:30am – 2pm / 5:30 – 8:30pm)
South Brisbane location: 7 days a week (12-2 pm/5:30-8:30 pm)
With two locations in Brisbane, this little gem will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Operating as a restaurant for 10 years, this restaurant makes everything from from scratch. If it’s authenticity you are looking for, then this is the place for you.
They boast a very inclusive menu, with plenty of vegan/vegetarian options. What’s more, customers also have the option of customising their ramen orders.
What to order? Well, their Red Tonkotsu Ramen, in particular, is packed with flavour and beautifully presented.
Their vegan Gyozas are also highly recommended – they have a perfectly crispy base.
Location: 52 Merivale St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Kiosk 8.01, Chop Chop Cavill Lane 6 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise QLD, 4217, Australia
24/59-73 Meron St, Southport QLD 4215, Australia
Opening Hours: Southport: 7 days a week (11 am-10 pm)
Surfers Paradise: 7 days a week (11 am- 9 pm)
South Brisbane: 7 days a week (11 am-10 pm)
When a place has 3 successful outlets across a city, you can usually bet that they know what they are doing.
Ramen Danbo are praised for their deliciously rich broths, and how easy it is to adapt their ramens. Design your own perfect bowl by choosing everything as you like it – from how firm you’d like your noodles, to the intensity of your broth.
An added bonus is you get two hours of free parking when dining here. (South Brisbane and Southport locations only).
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Location: Shop E 51 Sherwood Rd, Toowong, QLD, Australia 4066 & Also at 25/258 Warrigal Rd, Runcorn, QLD 4113
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm 5:30-8:30pm (Mon-Fri)
This tiny little restaurant serves authentic food with and their dishes resembling ramen in Japan. The food is made to order, so you are guaranteed to experience a fresh, delicious meal. With such credentials, we had to put it on our list of the best ramen restaurants in Brisbane.
Their Black Garlic Ramen comes highly recommended, as does their Soft Shell Crab Miso Ramen. Be honest. Don’t these dishes sound mouth-wateringly good?
The only downside is there is sometimes a queue to dine here, but we see that as a sign of how good it is.
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Location: Shop 4/624 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 Ph: (07) 3252 3275
Ok. So it’s not purely a ramen shop. However, this funky little Japanese izakaya still does a couple of mean bowls of ramen. But then, it’s part of the Genkotsu Ramen family (see above), so that’s no surprise.
We suggest trying the Spicy Miso Ramen and a cold Japanese beer. Really, it’s a fabulous combination after a long day.
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Location: 62 Charlotte St, Brisbane City
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (11am-8:30pm) Friday – Saturday (11am – 9pm) Sunday (11am-8pm)
As the name suggests, as well as serving some of the best, authentic ramen, this restaurant also serves some of the best Japanese desserts in town.
Their Tonkotsu Ramen is to die for, with a broth so rich and creamy you won’t be able to get enough of it.
And on the dessert side, their Cream Puffs are definitely worth checking out.
Location: 342 McCullough St, Sunnybank, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4109
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (9 am-5:30 pm) Sunday (9am-4pm)
What makes this authentic restaurant stand out is its Ramen Champion Challenge.
If you’re game, you must finish a huge bowl of ramen that’s equivalent to 5 portions – and that includes the broth as well. Oh. And this must be done within a 25-minute time limit.
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Reckon you’re up for this challenge? If you succeed you’ll receive a free meal, a $50 voucher and you’ll feature in their Hall of Fame.
Finally, even if you aren’t a vegetarian, their veggie ramen is highly recommended. Interestingly it is made with a mushroom broth, complete with all the health benefits.
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Location: Myer Centre
Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday (11 am-4 pm) Friday (11 am-5 pm) Sunday (11 am-5:30 pm)
This is another favourite amongst locals. They’ve received some serious praise for how good their broths are and they are known for their fast and exceptional service.
A big plus is you get to order free noodles once you finish your main.
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Location: 2011 Logan Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt
Opening Hours: Monday -Wednesday &Saturday – Sunday (10:30am-7:30pm) Thursday( 10:30am-8:30pm) Friday (10:30am-8pm).
This Japanese kitchen revolves around producing the finest ramen bowls. Moreover, their simple selection allows them to take time in perfecting each one.
Their selection covers Classic Ramen, Black Ramen, and Red Ramen, with the red being the spicy option. Each bowl comes with complimentary Takana (spicy Japanese pickles).
You are also entitled to free Gyoza on your birthday.
And yes, they also have outlets over the border in NSW.
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Location: Shop 15/21 Kingston Rd Underwood, Queensland 4119.
Opening Hours: Mondays closed. Tuesday-Friday (11am-2:30pm/5pm-8:30pm)
Saturday -Sunday (11am-3pm/4:30-8:30pm)
This food stall on 8 street serves excellent ramen and is definitely one of the best ramen restaurants in Brisbane.
They’ve added a twist to their menu, serving a prawn broth mixed with Tonkotsu (pork bone), for an immense flavour.
Don’t let the size of this little place fool you, they’re service is known for being exquisite.
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Location: 2/105 Dandenong St, Jamboree Heights
Opening Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday -Saturday ( 11 am-9 pm) Sunday (4-9 pm)
A classic Japanese-style restaurant, this is the perfect place to visit if you’re craving Japanese comfort food.
Their ramen is known for being delicious and authentic and is a go-to takeaway option for those nights where leaving the house just doesn’t sound appealing.
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Location: k104/1151 Creek Rd, Carindale
Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday (11 am-8 pm) Thursday – Saturday (11 am-9 pm) Sunday (11 am-6 pm)
We’re off to Carindale for the next of our best ramen restaurants in Brisbane.
This eatery hand-makes ramen noodles right in the store. They also have their own Ramen Master with over 20 years of experience operating in their kitchens.
Their Tonkotsu Ramen is highly recommended and their very efficient and friendly staff just makes going here an overall positive experience.
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Location: 1 TCB Centre, 315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (12-3pm / 5:30-10pm) Saturday (5:30-10pm) Sunday (5-9pm)
This cozy little restaurant is hidden away in the middle of Chinatown in Brisbane.
It boasts a modern yet intimate design inside, with a high-tech ordering system. Here, everything is ordered through iPads, making this a convenient and time-efficient lunch option.
The consistency of their food has remained excellent throughout the years and won’t disappoint you. An added bonus is they have a really good selection of beers and sake.
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Location: Shop 4/123 Albert St, Brisbane City
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (11:30am – 8pm) Friday (11:30am-9pm) Saturday – Sunday (12-8pm)
Discover your new favourite ramen with this restaurant’s extensive selection.
At Men Ya Go you have the option of completely customising your bowl of noodles. You can also get a portion of complementary extra noodles.
They even have a wonderful selection of side dishes that you can order as ‘tapas’, if you’d rather try a few things instead of one big dish.
If that doesn’t sell it to you, they offer 10% off of your favourite ramen dish for students, available every day from 2 pm onwards.
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Location: 102 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Opening Hours: Monday-Tuesday (4:30-9 pm) Wednesday-Thursday (5-9 pm) Friday-Saturday (12-2:30 pm/ 5-9 pm) and Sunday (5-8 pm)
This small but busy restaurant is a popular one due to the yumminess of its food. Their most popular dish is their Tonkotsu Ramen, which is said to be packed with flavour.
They also serve a variety of sides that are all gluten-free. A must-try here is their Miso Sweet Corn side. Yes it’s corn, but trust us!
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Location: Shop 6/220 Melbourne St, South Brisbane.
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (11 am-10 pm)
Nuzzle into your seat by the open kitchen of this restaurant to watch these chefs work their magic preparing some of the best authentic Japanese dishes.
Tuck into your heartwarming bowl of Ramen along with their Japanese beer, cider, sake, or shochu.
Their Spicy Pork Ramen comes highly recommended, along with their Karaage Chicken.
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This is another hassle-free option as ordering is done on an iPad directly from your table.
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Location: 12/12 Duncan St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
Opening Hours: Monday- Sunday (11:30am – 2pm/ 5-10pm).
Last, but not least, on our look at the best ramen restaurants in Brisbane we have Tatsu Ramen Gyoza Bar.
This chic little bar is the perfect date night setting. Its buzzing atmosphere isn’t the only thing people love about this place. The quality of the food is amazing, with hearty bowls of ramen filled with flavour, and several vegan and vegetarian options to choose from.
Whether it’s a girls night you’re looking for, or a first date location, this modern little restaurant is a perfect choice.
Should you find yourself in Daylesford, Victoria, check out Kadota Restaurant for some of the best Japanese food in the state
When it comes to finding the perfect restaurant that serves ramen, the lists are endless. Over the last few years, many restaurants have opened up that serve this dish.
Japanese cuisine’s popularity is ever-increasing, which means more options will pop up. There’s few things better than cozying up with some warm ramen on a cold rainy night. So choose a place on this list on the best ramen restaurants in Brisbane and get going!
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