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Ippudo Sydney
Ippudo Sydney

Ippudo Sydney

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Shop 5021, Level 5, Westfield Shopping Centre/188 Pitt St, Sydney, Australia
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Bellevue, Washington, USA

Ippudo is a popular Japanese ramen chain with locations all over Asia, along with a smattering of stores outside this continent in London, New York and Sydney.

My travels led me to many of the locales in which there is an Ippudo, but I was unable to try it out until I visited the Westfield Sydney location when I was traveling in Australia. The restaurant is located on the 5th floor of this mall. This floor is the same one that one of the mall's food courts is located in, but this is actually a full-scale restaurant.

At the front of the restaurant you will find the restaurant's bar along with a couple of dining tables outside the ramen shop. There is a waiting area here to be seated inside. I was traveling solo so I was wondering if they had any space since the restaurant was quite full. Fortunately, they do have counter seating for this very reason so I was able to find a space. The interior of the restaurant is beautifully modern.

Ippudo is known for its tonkotsu ramen as it originated in Fukuoka. The menu here is quite sizable as it doesn't just serve ramen like the other popular Japanese tonkotsu ramen chain, Ichiran. Here you can find other offerings like gyoza, rice bowls, salads, steamed buns and even tonkotsu sandwiches.

Given the mall location, I thought the food prices were decent. The basic ramen bowls are in the $15-17 range. Add a few dollars if you want an egg or additional meat topping.

For my meal, I opted for the limited time ramen offering on special called Ippudo Kuro. To pair, I got an order of crab frits and a glass of Sake One. The ramen took a while to come out so I was glad that I ordered an entree (Australian name for appetizer) and drink.

Sake One is an Australian produced sake that is made locally. I thought it was pretty good, though it tasted more like a regular wine to me. And though the crab frits, which are mini crabs that are deep fried are best eaten with a glass of Japanese beer, they worked perfectly fine with the sake. This is a great bar food offering if you are here just for a drink. The crabs are crunchy and accompanied by a spicy mayo and lemon.

As for the ramen, I enjoyed it as it had a nice rich broth. The noodles in this dish were different from the usual slippery noodles as they were thick. They look almost like udon, but the taste was reminiscent of Okinawan soba.

If you are looking for a bowl of ramen in the Sydney CBD, Ippudo is where I would recommend going. It has nice ambiance, prices are reasonable and the menu here has plenty to choose from. The offerings go beyond just serving ramen.

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The Sydney outlet of the venerable Ippudo ramen chain is located in the Westfield food court, but though you'll have to navigate prams and tourists aplenty to get there, it's well worth it (plus what's likely to be a wait for a table). Excellent ramen, tsukemen and a good selection of umeshu, sake, and Japanese beers are the main attraction. Dishes run around the $17-$25 range. The choice of a-la-carte toppings for your ramen is extensive, but adds up pretty fast.

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