Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen
Black Garlic Ramen, 17AUD
Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is another addition to Melbourne’s Japanese ramen houses. With new restaurants multiply and exploding in the city, I was thrilled when Ineke invited me to have a taste some of their ramen selection. Japanese food I can never reject! Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a franchised chain from Japan and two Indonesian siblings, Ineke and her brother were the franchisees. These two loved milder ramen tastes and Ikkoryu Fukuoka caters specially to those who thinks many other ramen joints are oversalted. We were first served with a sample of their Yakimeshi (Japanese Fried Rice), and several other smaller snacks like Kaarage and Gyoza. We loved both snacks and shamelessly asked for multiple rounds of them before our ramen was served.
I picked the Black Garlic, still cooked in tonkotsu, just mixed up with a particular special roast garlic oil. Its the mildest option out of the five different ramen types that was offered. Garlic Oil Ramen traditionally uses oil and the controlled burning of garlic that gave it its colour, oh slurps!
We were first given with a paper that combines menu items and order sheet. The underlined was what were chosen. The order sheet states as follows:
Ramen Base: Original Tonkotsu/ Yuzu Tonkotsu/ Spicy Tobanjan/ Black Garlic/ Miso Tonkotsu
Ramen Oil: Light/ Normal/ Heavy
Green Onions: Yes/ No
Pork: Regular/ Pork Belly
Soy Sauce: Light/ Normal
Noodle Texture: Soft/ Normal/ Hard/ Extra Hard
Additional Toppings: Egg (2AUD)/ Seaweed (2AUD)/ Bamboo Shoots (2AUD)/ Black Fungus (2AUD)/ Extra Meat (Shoulder: 2AUD/ Belly: 3AUD)/ Extra Noodles (2AUD)
Miso Tonkotsu Ramen, 17AUD + Extra Noodles, 2AUD
Jan had the traditional Miso and our thoughts were that they were the best out what we all picked. The tonkotsu broth was added with miso paste for a more well endowed flavour. Boys will always be boys and Jan loves his carbs, so extra noodles is always necessary.
Spicy Tobanjan Tonkotsu Ramen, 17AUD
My friend Aldo is friends with the owners of Ikkoryu Fukuoka and we came in three in a group instead of the usual two. Aldo picked the spicy broth tonkotsu, although I will have to say its really not that spicy. However, you could customize and request to elevate the spice level if wished. This particular ramen tasted good with us adding more crushed garlic to it.
The whole setup was designed by Japanese designers from Japan. We all complimented on how traditionally modern and stylish the premises was.
The open kitchen is a Japanese tradition to be transparent and honest about their style of cooking. Reputation definitely withholds with these Japanese staffs skillfully plating all of our ramens.
The other two that we didn’t get to try was the Ikkoryu’s Original Tonkotsu (15AUD) and the Yuzu Tonkotsu (17AUD). Bummer, we only realised that the Yuzu Tonkotsu was Ikkoryu Fukuoka’s preeminent bowl of ramen that it offers. Imagine green ramen evolved from the citrusy yuzu and the resulting taste was a perfectly blended concoction of slight sour and salty.
Because of its modern aesthetic design, Ikkoryu Fukuoka is one place I can imagine you bringing your friends and colleagues over to after work. Be it having a board meeting in a more private room or just having a bonding session over a bowl ramen and a glass of sake.
Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen
27 Russell Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Tel: +(61) 03 9650 3708