Guilt-free noods – IKU Noodles opens in Post Office Square
You’ve probably noticed, but any time someone propositions us with the prospect of a juicy nood, our heart rate spikes. Naturally, the news of a brand-new noodle concept opening in The City got us roused with ravenous desire, and we had to be first in line to sample. Hotly anticipated fast-casual noodle bar IKU has officially opened to the public today, Tuesday May 7, in the bustling food court at Post Office Square. If you like having oodles of options and a predilection for Japanese-inspired eats, make tracks for IKU post-haste.
Food-loving travellers often marvel at the culinary bounty exhibited within Japan’s expansive train stations. Commuters regularly cram into any available spot at countless hole-in-the-wall noodle joints, slurping and savouring piping-hot bowls of goodness before going on their way. It’s these quick-service spots that inspire Brisbane City’s brand-new noodle bar concept IKU, which has opened its Post Office Square location after months of anticipation. The brainchild of the team behind Newstead’s Reef Seafood & Sushi, IKU has been designed to be a reliable and healthy takeaway option for time-poor inner-city workers. Placed handily in a high-traffic zone at the entrance to the Post Office Square food court, this 20-seater nook is shaping up to be a go-to for fans of Japanese-inspired noodle soups that are a notch lighter than full-bodied bowls of ramen.
IKU’s menu is concise, but offers a considerable level of malleability for its size. Its build-your-own noodle bowls will be the biggest drawcard for the outlet, with diners free to design a dish that suits their tastes. First, one must choose their desired bowl size (regular or large) and then select a style of noodle. The options include soft and chewy udon noodles made with wheat flour and water, gluten-free and protein-filled soba noodles, and healthy shirataki noodles. The latter option is almost entirely free of calories and carbohydrates – making it a great choice for those on low-carb ketogenic or grain-free paleo diets. Once the noodles are sorted, pick a protein (black Angus beef, chicken, salmon or vegetables) and a soup base (traditional daishi, curry daishi or miso), then get ready to slurp. If you’re looking to fill the gaps, IKU also has a selection of self-serve sides, ranging from karaage chicken, tempura okura and tempura pumpkin, to rainbow salads, edamame and seaweed salads.
IKU is now open to the public, with a second location at Brisbane Quarter slated for a September arrival. To celebrate its opening, IKU Post Office Square is giving away free bowls over lunch on Wednesday May 15, between 12:00–2:00 pm. Head to the Stumble Guide for opening hours.
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