Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar | Sutherland

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Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar is one of my favourite local spots in the Sutherland Shire. I simply love their dishes, always packed with flavour and with an amazing presentation. They remind me a lot those family-owned restaurants I visited in Tokyo and Kyoto.

They serve a huge range of traditional Japanese dishes, such as ramen, udon and rice bowls. All equally delicious. Interestingly enough, aside from serving all this traditional Japanese goodness, they are very creative and open minded. A few months ago they decided to provide a new noodle option to their customers: shirataki.

In case your are not familiar, shirataki noodles are gluten-free and super low carb noodles, with less than 2 grams of carbs per 100g. Amazing, don’t you think? Of course, I had to try it out.

My order

I’ve decided to try my ramen with shirataki noodles and Hubby got a traditional Udon.

  • Mine: Tonkotsu ramen – pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
  • Hubby: Kara-age Chicken Udon – served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
  • Side of pork gyoza to share
Tonkotsu ramen: pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
Tonkotsu ramen: pork belly chashu, soft boiled egg, spring onions, wood ear mushroom, and shirataki noodles.
Kara-age Chicken Udon: served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
Kara-age Chicken Udon: served in a bonito and shitake mushroom broth.
Pork gyoza
Pork gyoza

I don’t know about you, but I simply LOVE ❤️ Ramen. I’m crazy about the broth, and honestly don’t care much about the noodle. Actually, I often feel it is too much, and I end up leaving some in the bowl so I have enough space for the broth.

Having said that, shirataki noodles were perfect! They are super light, don’t add any different or unauthentic flavour to the dish, and I finally managed to eat a whole bowl of yummy ramen. 🙂

Regarding Hubby’s Udon, he loved it. The broth was perfect, noodles firm enough and the fried chicken to die for. About the gyozas, perfectly sized portion and incredibly delicious.

If you happen to live in the Shire, or maybe just touristing around, this place definitely deserves your visit!
Totally recommended:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar
4/720 Old Princes Hwy, Sutherland NSW 2232
More information: www.facebook.com/KuronekoRamen

The best ramen in Japan! (Tokyo and Kyoto)

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While in Japan 🇯🇵 I had the opportunity to try so many yummy places! Which now makes very hard for me to pick just one, so in this case … I’ll pick TWO Ramen restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto (each) that you must not miss. You can also find more details about them by clicking their titles. Shall we start?

Tokyo

Menya Musashi Ramen | Shinjuku
Menya Musashi - Ramen in a broth with tender pork and egg.
Menya Musashi – Ramen in a broth with tender pork and egg.
Ippudo | Ginza (and Shinjuku)
Ippudo ramen: Shiromaru Classic
Ippudo ramen: Shiromaru Classic

Kyoto

Ramen Sen no Kaze
Yamato no Miso with gyoza - miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Gogyo | Nakasujicho
Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)
Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)

Ramen Sen no Kaze | Kyoto

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Ramen Sen no Kaze - entrance
Ramen Sen no Kaze – entrance

I could finish this post right now by simply saying: Ramen Sen no Kaze is THE BEST RAMEN EVER in Kyoto, but I’ll be a nice person and give you some extra information. 🙂

While planning my trip to Japan, I did some research on the food subject. You know, must-go restaurants, dishes to try and sweets. I’ve also added some places to my itinerary, so I wouldn’t miss them. But something that I can’t believe is HOW ON EARTH there was nothing about this place? Seriously Internet, are you kidding me?

Anyways, Hubby found them while we were there and we decided to give it a try, and what a nice surprise! They have a deep in flavour broth, perfect noodles and GOD, those chashu slices, dear lord they were the best ones on our trip. I believe after cooking, then grill it so you get a nicely and very tasty caramelized slice of pork. YUM!

My order

We had been there 3 times (could have gone more :P) and tried the dishes below:

  • Mine: Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chashu pork slices.
  • Hubby: Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza – pork-based broth, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza - miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza - pork-based broth, topped with three chaser pork slices.
Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza – pork-based broth, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Gyozas
Gyoza side

You can have only the ramen bowl (which is cheaper) or with a side of gyoza or rice. We got the gyoza one and it was delicious! Gee, I’m mouthwatering seeing these photos again. Don’t they look perfect?

The verdict

This is a MUST GO place. Do not dare to leave Kyoto without going there, I’ll never forgive you! Ah, a good thing to remember is that this is a very small place so lines can get huge. I would go around 6pm or be prepared to wait. We once arrived there around 7 and waited for at least 40 minutes.

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate very well in English.

Bill: $2160 Yen ($25 AUD) – no drinks.

Exact location: http://goo.gl/maps/ZCT7FRNHtM32
More information: http://ramensennokazekyoto.com

Gogyo | Nakasujicho – Kyoto

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Gogyo Kyoto entrance
Gogyo Kyoto entrance

Have you heard of Burnt Ramen before? Yeah, me neither until I got to Gogyo in Kyoto. They are very famous for this type of ramen, which has the soy or miso base cooked up to 300C degrees! The result, I might say, is amazing. Very different from traditional ramen and totally worth a try.

My order

We decided to try a traditional ramen and one of the burnt versions:

  • Appetisers: veggies and cabbage
  • Mine: Gogyo tonkotsu-men (Pork broth ramen) – very garlicky.
  • Hubby: Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen).
Appetizers: veggies and cabbage
Appetisers: veggies and cabbage
Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)
Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (Burnt soy sauce ramen)
Gogyo tonkotsu-men (Pork broth ramen)
Gogyo tonkotsu-men (Pork broth ramen)

Hubby loved his Kogashi Shoyu-men simple (soy burnt ramen)! I had some and it is a very intricate dish. The flavours were spot on, and different from traditional ramen I’ve tried before. My ramen was delicious, but after I tried his, I was very jealous of his choice. 😛

Turning to my order, my Gogyo tonkotsu-men was one of the best pork broth ramen I had in Japan. I loved that it was very garlicky (much more than other places), and packed with flavour.

The verdict

You MUST go there and have one of the burnt versions. It is very different from anything else and it would be a shame going to Kyoto and not eating it. Seriously, go there.

The only thing I didn’t like was the fee charged for those appetisers that I didn’t order. I noticed other restaurant doing it in Kyoto as well. It seems like to have a seat there you need to pay this fee and then they bring you a simple appetiser. I don’t remember how much it was (for sure wasn’t expensive), I just don’t like to have something pushed on me.

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate well in English.

Bill: $1780 Yen ($23 AUD) – no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/maxJRbjLMAU2

Extra information: www.ramendining-gogyo.com/kyoto-location

Ichiran ramen | Kyoto

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Ichiran Kyoto entrance
Ichiran Kyoto entrance

We decided to go to Ichiran Ramen in Kyoto due to the good reviews we found online about their food … but then, what a curious surprise we had after ordering our meal!

As like many restaurants in Japan, you place your order in a vending machine at the entrance and after getting your tickets someone takes you inside to your designed seats. But here we’re surprised by a private little booth, only for you!

Next, you hand over your tickets through a little window to another waiter, that later will use the same window to bring your food, then finally close it to keep your privacy while you fill up your belly with a delicious ramen and make as-awkward-as-you-want noises while drinking your broth. 😛

Is this awesome or what?!

The cozy area where you eat + my selected preferences for the ramen.
The cozy area where you eat + my selected preferences for the ramen.

Another cool thing is that you can customise your ramen according to your taste. Add more or less garlic, red sauce, green onion and even the noodle texture is a choice! This sheet above is available at the entrance (close to the vending machine where you order) or on your small table.

The cozy area where you eat.
The cozy area where you eat.

My order

Both of us picked the same dish as you can see below:

  • Regular ramen with sliced pork, green onion, extra garlic and red sauce.
  • Extra serving of pork.
Ichiran ramen bowl.
Regular ramen with sliced pork, green onion, extra garlic and red sauce.
Extra pork serve.
Extra pork.

In case you run out of noodles, an extra serving is available to be ordered at any time, the same for sliced pork.

The ramen itself is delicious, broth deep in flavour and noodles were yummy. About the pork, it was just OK I’d say (had better ones in Kyoto). However, the portion is more generous than at other places.

The verdict

I totally recommend this place. The food is delicious, ridiculously cheap, and the experience unforgivable!

I’ve been to one in Kyoto and another in Osaka, both good quality food. Be aware this place gets very, very busy at peak hours, so I suggest you getting there earlier for the best experience. 🙂

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate in English.

Bill: $970 Yen (A$11.60) – amount for 1 serving of ramen and extra pork, no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/tgoBechP2Hu

More information: http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/html/kin_kyoto.html