As you may now have noticed, I accompany T in many of her food ventures. At first I would tag along with T to feed her culinary curiosity (the struggles of having a food blogger partner) not thinking much of it. Soon I slowly started to appreciate the value of a well prepared dish and it was then I fell into the sweet bosoms of the world of food. Anyways onto the food!
I actually found out about this place on Facebook, Fukuryu Ramen were promoting its restaurant with free green tea ice-cream! Why not? Finding this restaurant would have been a nightmare without T’s navigational prowess (on foot), it’s hidden away in an alleyway – getting inside felt like going into the backdoor of a restaurant, but in fact is the only entrance. The mood was quickly changed as soon as we stepped in. We were welcomed (in Japanese) by their friendly staff which made me feel really comfortable and welcomed. The decor was very modern but it didn’t forget its roots – particularly liked the sort-of-traditional uniform the workers had to wear.
Chicken kaarage ($5.90) – fried chicken (Japanese style) w/ spicy mayo
The fried chicken was enjoyable; it was cooked to perfection and rocked a solid armour of well seasoned batter. I don’t know about you but I think there should be a 1:1 ratio of sauce and what ever you’re using to dip into it. The serving size of the spicy mayo was the stingiest portion I’ve seen since receiving only 1 packet of tomato sauce to accompany my 10 nuggets at McDonalds. That aside it packed a punch which I enjoyed, it really cut through the saltiness of the chicken. Then… we get plain ol’ cabbage. Just that. It did nothing for the dish and I thought it could have been left out.
Signature Tonkatsu ($9.90) – thick and creamy
This dish was delicious! The broth was the most flavoursome, most rich I’ve tasted so far in a Ramen dish. The broth binded all the other flavours on the dish together. It pretty much was the MVP star player here. All the elements were well executed and just worked harmoniously together, though I do question the seaweed – it is pretty, but I don’t feel it adds much. The good aside, I had a few problems with this dish. Firstly, the ingredients was very scarce. I literally had only 2 thin slices of meat. Secondly, the bowl is shaped as an inverted cone. I hate cones with a passion, they’re so deceiving. It should be a sin to serve food in cones in the culinary industry. Here I am digging into a great ramen dish and realise it’s almost over (though I do believe Fukuryu has updated their menu to have kids, regular and large bowls).
TL;DR Great flavours, small servings
Shoyu Ramen ($9.90) – Tokyo style
This was T’s meal and her thoughts on the dish are roughly inline with mine in regards to the incredible depth of flavour the broth contained and the scarcity of ingredients.
T: “my first bowl had a piece of hair in it. Not a very good impression you’d want to make especially since you’ve just newly opened. However, the staff member was very calm and apologetic about it; he said sorry and gave us a new one. I was hoping to have some extra toppings or a little something on the side as a complimentary apology but no. I am disappoint.”
Green tea ice cream (free for a limited time!! usually $2.90)
This is already a huge score in my books. The ice cream, oh god the ice cream was so smooth, It was like someone was brushing the inside of my mouth with ribbons. That’s how smooth it was. Overall this was a great way to finish our feed. The bitterness from the green tea was faint enough that it wasn’t overpowering yet still had a presence. I really appreciated really!
Quality of the food – 8/10
Price (based on food quality) – reasonable
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – tranquil with a pinch of fun
Overall experience – 8/10
Fukuryu Ramen (Japanese)
Level 1 22-26 Corrs Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000 (CBD)
(03) 909 7149
Open Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30AM – 2.30PM
Dinner: 5.30PM – 9.30PM
Lunch: 11.30AM – 2.30PM
Dinner: 5.30PM – 9PM
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