363 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
+61 7 3832 6358
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.