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Shizuku Ramen

Almost a year later (ok not quite), I find myself back at Shizuku Ramen to try their new and revamped menu. I quite enjoyed it the first time, so was looking forward to giving it another go.

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Their new menu has a wide variety now, compared to the last time I visited when it all fit onto one page. They’ve now expanded into more options for ramen and plenty of entrees and sharing dishes.

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Dropping by on a Friday night, the place felt a little cramped as it was full of people, but it was also a feel-good atmosphere of everyone enjoying their dinner and a catch up.

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I enjoy their hip decor and the empty alcohol bottles they use for water. They also provide complimentary popcorn, powdered with something lightly brown and addictive on top, so much that I couldn’t stop until it got too salty at the bottom. It was something different to your average prawn crackers and really emphasised their take on modern cuisine.

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To start off, we ordered some crab meat croquettes ($8) below. It felt a bit plain despite the description of fresh crab meat, corn, white wine and we would have probably preferred a bit more plum sauce to liven up the taste. I did enjoy the deep-fried exterior, but who doesn’t like something deep-fried!

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A cold rainy night, we also ordered some Japanese tea to warm the souls. We then ordered two sliders after asking about how big they were and decided one would not be enough.

We ordered the lobster ($6) and pork ($5, below) sliders. The lobster tasted great but it felt really cold, like the lobster meat had just come straight from the fridge. The pork had BBQ sauce and was nothing to rave about – my friend also found the meat a little dry. Out of the entrees I think we liked the lobster slider the best, but still think it could use a little work.

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For our mains, my friend went with a ramen burger ($15) as she’s not really a ramen fan and so I recommended this. You may have read my last post and discovered I really enjoyed it and luckily my friend did too on this occasion. She did it the classy way though and asked for a knife and fork, which actually seemed to serve their purpose quite well.

We both think the attractive taste of the burger comes from the dark sauce. I’m still not sure what’s in it but it seems similar to plum sauce and works well with the candied pork belly.

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I also wanted to try something different, and after already trying the ramen burger, I went with the Shoyu Ramen Super Dry ($15). I was lucky as they thought they may have run out of serves for the night but there was still two left.

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It comes with Shoyu broth on the side to provide that much-needed winter warmer, but the noodles itself were drenched in a tasty caramelised Shoyu sauce. In trend with the other sauces, it had a dark brown hue.

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On first glances, it looks like there’s not a lot of topping with several slices of char siu (BBQ pork) but the sauce adds a lot of flavour and depth to fill you up along with the soup. The soup had a slight tang of something that made it a little salty. I didn’t mind it and it performed its job of balancing out the dry noodles, but I think I prefer the Shoyu broth at Fukuryu Ramen.

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I’m glad that I was able to try the dry ramen as it was something a little different to normal. I think the main attraction here would be the ramen and ramen burger, so I wouldn’t mind coming back to try their other types of ramen and maybe give something from the zensai (hors d’oeuvre) menu another try.

Shizuku Ramen is located 309 Victoria St, Abbotsford and is open everyday 11.30-2.30pm and 5.30-10pm.

Mon’s Adventures was invited to dine as a guest at Shizuku Ramen.

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Fukuryu Ramen ft. Dessert

This place seems to be the new place to be right now in Melbourne, and what better time to launch a new ramen place than when the colder weather is kicking in.

Down a laneway of Chinatown and up a few stairs, you will find yourself in this bustling franchise out of Asia. I’d heard of long waiting times, but lucky for us, it seemed we just arrived before that peak period.

20140412_183434 Besides the wall above, the outfit was pretty standard with your usual basic, faux-wooden tables. When you reach the place, you find yourself walking straight into the line where you order and a standard menu on the wall.

Yes – this means the moment you walk in, you must make your decision. The cashier was very helpful in clarifying the difference between tonkotsu ramen and Shoyu ramen, which resulted in my friend and I reversing our initial choices. More on that later.

20140412_184042The cashier was quite bright and he seemed to know what he was talking about yet his American acccent threw us off a bit. When he told us to have a great meal it seemed very rehearsed and cheesy, but it’s better than showing no interest at all! Along with this, the whole team tend to shout Japanese phrases such as “Welcome!” every now and again, as if to add to the show.

20140412_184853My friend ordered what I initially had in mind, which was their Signature Tonkotsu Ramen ($9.90, above).The broth is pork flavoured, thick and creamy. The hype surrounding this place often mentions this dish, but I can’t stomach large creamy meals without feeling a little off. I had a spoonful of the soup and it definitely had this distinctive, tangy pork flavour.

It was interesting but I don’t think I’d be able to have a whole bowl. Having never tasted authentic tonkotsu, I can’t comment on this aspect, but I’ve read many other reviews proclaiming its authenticity.
20140412_184950I ended up choosing the Shoyu Ramen ($9.90, above). The menu didn’t say much besides ‘Tokyo style’, but we were told that the broth was clearer and based on a chicken and fish flavour. This appealed to me immediately, and I was glad I changed my mind.

The soup was quite addictive and I downed it to the last drop. The noodles are apparently handmade, just slightly thicker than instant noodles. The downfall was the serving size and lack of toppings. You can see the bowls below become slimmer as you reach the bottom and I could probably have had another bowl…or two.20140412_184956

I think more commercialised, and perhaps not as authentic places, such as Ajisen Ramen have set my hopes of serving size too high. The ramen here is cheap at $9.90, but then you’ll only get two pieces of meat.

That being said, the soup was much nicer than the usual oily fare. I’m still yet to try other places such as Kokoro Ramen so would gladly appreciate if anyone would share their experiences of ramen in the comments below!

Fukuryu Ramen is located on Level 1, 22-26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne CBD. They are open everyday for lunch 11.30-2.30pm and dinner 5.30-9.30pm. Their menu can be seen on their website.

Note: Fukuryu Ramen have just informed me they’ll be releasing extended portion sizes and more toppings as of April 16th, so watch out!

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Melbourne Supper Club

Considering we were still hungry, we couldn’t pass up dessert. Melbourne Supper Cub is perfect for a late night meal or sweets, but located on Spring St and up from The European, I have heard they can be a little snobby.

I thought we’d give it a go anyway, as despite this I remember good desserts. We enjoyed sinking into the sofas but struggled to use the small table. They have this dark yet elegant atmosphere (hence this bad photo), where you’ll find people on dates or older groups sitting over wine and chatting. That’s probably why their tables are so small, it’s more for a light shared meal over drinks.

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My friends and I don’t really drink, so we ordered tea, coffee and three desserts, hence the crowded table. My friends who first took me here always raved about the lemon tart ($9), which was a winner on this occasion too. The hard, savoury base and cream on the side balances out the tanginess of the rich lemon tart.

The tiramisu ($11.50) was creamy as expected and nothing too amazing. We did wonder if the three chocolate sticks were placed there purposely to serve us three or if it was part of the staple decoration. The churros con chocolate ($12) were surprisingly addictive, coated lightly in sugar and served with a dark chocolate dip. I don’t enjoy dark chocolate a great deal but it seemed to go with the churros well along with sips of tea. I’ve also tried the sticky date pudding ($11.50) in previous visits and would gladly recommend that too.

Once you get past the atmosphere that tries to emulate the sophisticated nightlife of Europe, the sofas and intimate setting prove great for a laid-back catchup. It started getting busier later on so we did feel the need to leave but didn’t feel we were too pushed to leave in a rush.

Melbourne Supper Club is located at Level 1/161 Spring St and is open 5pm-4am Mon-Thurs and Sunday, and 5pm-6am on Fri-Sat.  You can view their menu here.

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