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Taro’s Ramen & Café (Brisbane, QLD)

363 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
+61 7 3832 6358
http://www.taros.com.au

A small café on the ground floor of a high-rise office building in Brisbane city is not a place one would associate with amazing ramen. However, the pundits were right on the money when they said that Taro Akimoto makes the best ramen in Australia. Yep, you’ve heard me, THE best ramen.

During the day, Taro’s Ramen & Café serves all manners of lunch fare to appease the Boeing building’s workers – there are sandwiches, curries and noodle dishes. However, most people come for Taro’s famous pork broth (tonkotsu) ramen.

A tonkotsu ramen will give you change for $15 or you can go all out with the red hot fire ramen for $15.90, which is a tonkotsu ramen with lots and lots of homemade chilli oil. I decided to play it safe by ordering the red tonkotsu ramen ($15.90), a tonkotsu ramen containing only a small dash of chilli oil so I could still taste the pork-y goodness.

My ramen was amazing. Wow. Ohmygoodness. So. Damn. Good. WHOA.

Where do I start?

The broth is made with sweet Bangalow pork bones and cooked for 16 hours straight. It is then ladled onto the bowl with handmade noodles, using a machine that Taro brought back from Japan. What follows next is a slice of tender and buttery soy neck charsiu, two slices of firm but juicy salt loin charsiu, a slice of nori, a gooey soy-marinated egg, mirin-soaked bamboo shoots, shallots, sesame and super-thin strands of red chilli.

Wow, just wow.

I’ve never experienced such joy when eating a ramen. There was no MSG in the broth, yet it was still full of sweet, sweet flavour. The noodles were perfection – al dente all the way – while the trimmings were perfect. The only downside to this was the fact that the bowl was just too small.

Brisbane, I’m in love with you.

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16 Comments on Taro’s Ramen & Café (Brisbane, QLD)

  1. Choc Chip Uru
    October 15, 2012 at 14:17 (2 years ago)

    How I would like a huge bowl :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  2. theragingcook
    October 15, 2012 at 18:34 (2 years ago)

    Mmmmmmmmmm :) ~….

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  3. Ames
    October 15, 2012 at 19:47 (2 years ago)

    Yummo! That soy-marinated egg… *smack lips* :D

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  4. Martypantz
    October 15, 2012 at 21:08 (2 years ago)

    You are a soy-marinated EGG, Lib.

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  5. ChopinandMysaucepan
    October 15, 2012 at 21:29 (2 years ago)

    Dear Libby,

    I have only been a recent fan of ramen because it’s such an awesome bowl of goodness on a cold day apart from a piping hot bowl of hearty pho of course :)

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  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 15, 2012 at 22:09 (2 years ago)

    Yep a big ramen lover here too! And I think Everyone Loves Ramen is a great name for a ramen place! :D

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  7. Sophie Wang (@aecliss)
    October 15, 2012 at 22:24 (2 years ago)

    This ramen looks unbelievable.

    On another note – you’re Super Woman with the number of posts you’re churning out. Good job!

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    • libishski
      October 16, 2012 at 14:45 (2 years ago)

      Haha I cheat though.

      The other night, I churned out about three posts (procrastination, much?) and have been releasing them each day on my blog :D

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  8. kellysiew
    October 16, 2012 at 01:16 (2 years ago)

    That looks like orgasm in a bowl! I’m a Ramen addict and there are so many great authentic Ramen joints in KL at the moment for some reason. In fact I just had Ramen tonight! Your pictures made me want to have more!

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  9. yummychunklet
    October 16, 2012 at 05:41 (2 years ago)

    Ah, to have access to a really good ramen restaurant. I just have the packaged stuff here.

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  10. Ming @ sweetandsourfork
    October 17, 2012 at 20:28 (2 years ago)

    Hey ramen gods, Melbourne is pretty amazing too, how about making a visit sometime soon?

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  11. Lydia
    October 27, 2012 at 14:15 (2 years ago)

    Taro is my favourite hunt for ramen back in uni in Brisbane! :D Missing it… =X

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    • libishski
      November 2, 2012 at 20:19 (2 years ago)

      I miss it too! Can’t wait to go back to Brissy for my ramen fix :D

      Reply

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