Ramen Danbo, Southport and Surfers Paradise: Here you’ll find authentic ramen prepared with intricate traditional methods. Let it be known that the team here take the ramen game very seriously. Specialising in tonkotsu pork-broth ramen, diners can choose and adjust elements, from the noodle firmness to the richness of the soup, to create your perfect bowl.
Muso Ramen and Gyoza Bar, Mermaid and Robina: This fast-paced ramen bar, located in Mermaid Beach and The Kitchens, is as authentic as it gets. Pull up a stool at either noodle bar and tuck into the delicious tonkotsu pork ramen, or cop it spicy-miso style with chunks of spicy pork mince. Best eaten with a side of handmade gyoza … and some umeshu plum wine.
JFX Noodle and Tapas Bar, Southport: This is where you’ll find one of the most extensive ramen menus in the city. Choose from house or black tonkotsu, salt and butter tonkotsu, or miso tonkotsu, offered with various amounts of pork cha-su and nori. Make it your own with thick or thin noodles, alter the broth intensity and throw on a few extra toppings. These bowls are as big as your head and boy are they delicious.
Hakataya, various locations: Shopping with a side of ramen? We’re in. Hakataya Ramen at Pacific Fair is generally a pretty busy little bar, so if you can find a spot, then get a Miso Spicy-Men in front of you and watch the passers by. Add some extra char siu pork if you’re famished and keep the box of tissues nearby.
Aloha Bar & Dining, Broadbeach: This hidden bar is well known for its late-night eats. On the menu is a killer traditional tonkotsu ramen made with a rich pork broth, served with noodles, slow-cooked pork, onsen egg, takana, seaweed and sesame. Totally slurp worthy.
Donto Sapporo, Broadbeach: This long-standing and authentic Japanese dining space is the go-to for Hokkaido-style dishes. You’ll find miso and spicy-miso ramen on both the lunch and dinner menus, served traditionally with barbecue pork. Best to sip some ice-cold sake on the side.
8 Street, Harbour Town: Tucked within this bustling Asian street-food laneway is an authentic ramen dispensary called Tenjin. Here you’ll find just six different styles of ramen – from original tonkotsu to spicy ramen and miso varieties – all served piping hot with handfuls of delicious toppings.
Motto Motto, Pacific Fair: Motto Motto at Pacific Fair’s dining precinct The Patio is renowned for putting a deliciously refined spin on traditional Japanese cuisine, and its bowls of ramen goodness are no exception. Choose from the classic, red (spicy), black (with black garlic sauce) or the Tan-Tan Men with spicy sesame and pork mince.
Goto, Southport: Okay, so here’s a curveball for you. This newly opened Japanese dining den specialises in Champon noodles – the regional dish of Nagasaki that is regarded as ramen’s healthier cousin. These bowls of goodness have more vegetables than traditional ramen, and the broth is made from pork and chicken. If you’re firmly on the ramen train, take a step to the left and give this a whirl.
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