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HOT: Ramen Ya, Shop 25G Melbourne’s GPO, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne

P1040620v1 HOT: Ramen Ya, Shop 25G Melbournes GPO, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne

After the success of the inaugural Dumplings Fest, a bunch of food bloggers/tweeps gathered for the next [Insert Food] fest – this time in honour of ramen.

Sadly, good ramen joints are hard to find in Melbourne (although I’m predicting that they’re the next big dining trend, after izakayas and gastropubs have their time in the sun) and the specimens you encounter here are more often NOT than HOT.

Then someone suggested Ramen Ya and we all said YES! This casual eatery seats its patrons on backless stools and tiny tables that don’t encourage lingering, in authentic ramen stall style.  My choice was a bowl of their house specialty, the Charshu Pork Ramen with Tonkotsu soup, which was accompanied by three juicy gyoza and a warming genmaicha (brown rice green tea) for a budget-friendly $14. Ramen Ya specialises in ramen but also has bento boxes for those not noodle-inclined.

P1040608v1 HOT: Ramen Ya, Shop 25G Melbournes GPO, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne

Ramen Ya’s servings are huge even for  someone who’s been known to eat three bowls of udon in one sitting. There’s such a high degree of splatteridge that they provide you with bibs! The large bowl contained slices of thinly sliced meltingly tender pork, half an egg, some fake fish cake stuff that the Japanese seem to love and a whole lotta toothsome ramen. I found the dish as a whole a little bland but you could tell that the stock was properly made with pork bones and not just powdered soup powder spiked with MSG.

P1040612v1 HOT: Ramen Ya, Shop 25G Melbournes GPO, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne

In a cute little touch, while you’re waiting for your ramen (about 2 minutes) you can try your hand at some origami and make yourself an inflatable rabbit.

P1040605v1 HOT: Ramen Ya, Shop 25G Melbournes GPO, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne

For more Ramen Ya love, check out Tummyrumbles and  Melbourne Eating.

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10 comments for “HOT: Ramen Ya, Shop 25G Melbourne’s GPO, 350 Bourke St, Melbourne”

  1. Ah, I’ve often walked by this place curious about it as I often stop in Kenzan for a sushi or two. :]

    Have you tried Momotaro Ramen on Bridge Road? Although I don’t eat ramen myself because I’m gluten intolerant, my mother really likes it and it’s quite authentic. :]

    Posted by Ashley | February 17, 2010, 8:36 am
    • Hi Ashley

      I’ve never been to Momotaro Ramen, but the other ramen-eaters I was with all pooh-poohed it saying that it wasn’t that great, and that Ramen Ya was better and more authentic. I might give it a go just to compare.

      Jetsetting Joyce

      Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | February 17, 2010, 9:41 am
  2. I tried the tonkotsu chashu ramen at both places, and Momotaro just doesn’t compare. They may have been having an off night when I went (it WAS 37 degrees out) but the tonkotsu soup didn’t even taste like it was made by lovingly simmering pork bones for six hours (the way real tonkotsu is made, the way Ramen Ya make it) and their chashu lacked the essential fat.

    Another recent contender – well, recent in my experience, it’s been around for a while – is Ito Noodle House, on the corner of Bourke St and Market Lane. No tonkotsu there – don’t be fooled by the tonkatsu ramen, another thing entirely – but the noodles themselves out-tooth(some) even Ramen Ya! I’ll have the blog post on that one up soon!
    .-= Billy´s last blog ..Maria’s Trattoria =-.

    Posted by Billy
    Twitter: cloudcontrol
    | February 17, 2010, 9:50 am
  3. You guys have to invite us to the next food bloggers meet, since we’re new to the game and all. :-)
    Love your work Joyce!

    Posted by Alex
    Twitter: alexlobov
    | February 17, 2010, 3:43 pm
  4. Wow – the ramen on the 2nd pic looks delicious. we’ve got one of those joints in town too, but definitly doesn’t look as tasty as this :-)

    Posted by streetwear junkie | February 20, 2010, 2:20 am
  5. LOL to the classy guy with the bib ;)

    Can’t believe no one has mentioned they have happy hour M-F ~14:30-~17:30 hours.

    $6.5 for a bowl of tonkotsu chashu ramen [or 3x for under @$20 if you're feeling particularly ambitious :D is awesome bang for buck!]

    Posted by Matt
    Twitter: mrblack
    | February 22, 2010, 2:28 pm

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