The round-up: the best places to warm up with ramen on the Gold Coast
There’s one thing we love on a cool night – hot ramen. As the temps continue to drop, these delicious noodle-laden bowls of goodness are gathering steam on menus across the Gold Coast. From bustling noodle bars to authentic hidden gems and pop-ups, we’ve put together a delicious round-up of where you can find the most slurp-worthy ramen on the Gold Coast.
Ramen Danbo, Southport and Surfers Paradise: Here you’ll find authentic ramen prepared with intricate traditional methods. Let it be known that the team take this ramen game very seriously. You can’t order takeaway bowls, because, well, ramen should be eaten quickly – right then and there – and they don’t want their well-crafted ramen bowls to be consumed in any other way. Total respect. You 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 the 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 Ramen, 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.
I like ramen, Miami: If you prefer your ramen to be deliciously meat-free, then you’ll want to get acquainted with i like ramen. Located at The LC marketplace in Miami, i like ramen dishes up combinations like kimchi ramen in a spicy kimchi broth topped with fried tofu, the ‘chicken’ ramen in a vegan chicken broth with vegan chicken strips, and the green-coloured ramen with spinach noodles in a clear broth with fresh bok choy and wakame. Hot tip – throw a few panko mushrooms and some kimchi potatoes on the side.
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.
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.
Honourable mentions: Palmy’s Barefoot(Barista) has a delicious mushroom ramen on its new-look menu, and just over the road at The Collective you’ll find a Noodle Bar section on its menu featuring a range of ramen combinations in a Japanese-style shoyu broth. Be sure to keep an eye out at Backbone Bar in Tugun for cheeky $10 ramen specials with pork or miso shiitake.
If you’re on the hunt for ramen in Brisbane, jump over here.
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