It’s been a while since I’ve been excited for a new restaurant but I was extremely keen about Ramen and Izakaya Himeji. Run by the same people that run Sushi Bar Genki (visit 1 and visit 2) I didn’t think it would be a miss, especially since I’m already a fan of the ramen there.
Ramen isn’t a posh affair in Japan so it did throw me off when I walked into a fine dining restaurant. I was in sneakers and D was in boardies and thongs. Class.
As starters we had the karaage chicken which was soooo delicious. Biting into the slightly salted crust and into the tender juicy chicken is what we all have dreams about.
Surprisingly their ramen’s are decently priced with them costing around $15. I got the tonkotsu ramen (my favourite type of ramen ever) which had a delicious pork filled creamy broth. It was light in flavour and I was just slurping it all up. The thin straight ramen noodles were cooked just the way I liked with it having a bit of hardness and bite to them. Topped with melt in your mouth pork loin and a half boiled egg. I would have liked my egg to be more runny as it was a bit too cooked for my liking.
Hakuryu- Himeiji Original Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen (Large $12.90)
D got the tonkotsu black ramen and this was a beast.The broth was a blend of miso paste, black sesame paste and garlic oil which gave a depth of flavour. It was quite dense and heavy that made it hard to drink it all up. Served with thin straight noddles, pork loin and half boiled egg.
Kokuryu- Himeiji Tonkotsu Black ($14.90)
I went again the next week as C wanted to try it too. C got the Spicy Tonkotsu Red which had a very thick like gravy tonkotsu soup where it tasted like peanuts (it did feel like eating stew at one point). It was filled with pork mince and spinach but now rereading the menu it didn’t come with a half boiled egg.
Sekiryu – Himeiji Spicy Tonkotsu Red ($13.90)
I tried the Spicy Miso Tonkotsu which had a light broth with a spicy kick. For me it was missing that depth of pork infused flavour as I could taste mostly heat. It was served with noodles but this time it was soft and cooked throughout where it didn’t have that hardness from the first visit. Slices of pork belly tasted plain but if it was marinated it may have added a bit more oomph. I was also surprised at the amount of cabbage in my dish as it was pretty much half cabbage and half noodles. I don’t like cabbage so it may have bothered me more than people that like it.
Kinryu – Himeiji Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen ($13.90)
Delicious and tasty origina tonkotsu ramen will have me coming back. Also, service has that friendly Japanese warmth that you rarely find in Australia. I have always thought that Sushi Bar Genki made the best ramen and it’s really great to see that their sister store doing so well. Good food, good people – they deserve all their success.
Atmosphere: 3/5 – it’s a nice fine dining restaurant but it conflicts with the casual vibe that ramen is usually associated with