Kokoro Ramen, Melbourne

For the first year since I came back from Japan I have avoided eating Japanese food like the plague – I knew I wasn’t going to be able to find anything I would like, especially since I didn’t even like Japanese when I was in Adelaide. Slowly, I had started dipping my toes back in with amazing matcha desserts at Chanoma Café in Sydney and now Kokoro Ramen in Melbourne. Walking into Kokoro Ramen an echo of ‘irasshaimase’ traveled throughout the restaurant – a good sign :)

kokoro ramen melbourne

C and I looked for the ramen closest to the one we tried in Japan which we narrowed down to the hakata tonkatsu ramen. Thick, strong pork flavoured soup served with slabs of tender, melt in your mouth pork belly :D

kokoro ramen •Hakata Tonkatsu Ramen

Hakata Tonkatsu Shoyu with slice of pork belly ($10)

We loved it so much that we came here twice on our 4 day trip. This time I tried the Sapporo ramen but sadly the chilli oil wasn’t chilli at all. It was still tasty but a lot more oily and milder in flavours than the tonkatsu ramen. You can choose the type of noodle (thin vs. thick), how hard or soft you want it to be and anything you want to omit – I had asked for hard, thick noodles but mine were quite soft :(

IMGP5504Sapporo Miso with slice of pork belly ($12.50)

Not bad Melbourne, not bad at all – wouldn’t hesitate to come back here to quench my ramen thirst :)

Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

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Melbourne Series 2014

C and I went for an extreme food crawl through Melbourne for 4 days during the Adelaide Cup holiday. We thought we were smart going only on an Adelaide long weekend. We were not. It was Labour Day in Melbourne – luckily things were still open :) Here is a list of the places we ate at:

3 comments for “Kokoro Ramen, Melbourne

  1. June 12, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Ha it’s always sad when you leave a country and know future meals will always pale in comparison to the original. Love the posters on the walls here though!

    • June 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Haha me too – that koala surfing is too cute :P I guess the good thing is that in Australia we are blessed to have so much choices and cuisine – as much as I love Japanese I couldn’t live off it again for 6 months XD

  2. June 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    The picture of the Hakata Tonkatsu Shoyu is making me hungry!

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