The round-up: slurp your way through the Gold Coast’s best ramen spots
There are few things more satisfying than slurping your way through a bowl of authentic Japanese ramen. From bustling noodle bars to authentic hidden gems, we’ve put together a delicious round-up of where you can find the most slurp-worthy ramen on the Gold Coast.
Muso Ramen, various locations: Muso is a haven for authentic Japanese ramen, so it’s little wonder they’ve made the top of the list. The Muso team have three incredible venues under their belt including one at Robina Town Centre, Mermaid Beach and Chirn Park. Here you’ll find Muso favourites like The Black Miso (pork broth) topped with Kurobuta pork belly, the Tokyo Truffle (chicken, kobu and shiitake broth) and The Buddha – a vibrant bowl of gluten-free noodles in a vegetable broth with roasted seasonal toppings like pumpkin, carrot and tomato.
i like ramen, Nobby Beach: This plant-based ramen bar is a true local favourite. You can slurp a bunch of different varieties of vegan ramen here, from the creamy tonkotsu-style base to its earthy mushroom broth – they all pack a flavoursome punch and arrive brimming with delicious vegetables and toppings. Chase it down with a Japanese whisky (or three).
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.
Goukai Ramen, Burleigh Heads: At Goukai, it’s all about delivering a truly authentic Japanese ramen experience, offering a straight-forward menu of seven ramen varieties in a casual setting that allows diners to either ‘slurp and go’ or hang around. A traditional tonkotsu-style broth of both pork and chicken is used as the base for Goukai’s signature flavours, while a prawn-broth ramen and a colourful vegetarian option round out the list.
Ramen Danbo, 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.
Goto, Southport: Okay, so here’s a curveball for you. This new(ish) 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.
Buen Modern Japanese, Mermaid Waters: This unassuming venue is nestled next door to a petrol station but boasts some serious culinary credentials behind the grills with Yusuke Ito. Sip a steamy bowl of soul-warming ramen, which is made in-house from scratch – no soup stocks here. There’s three different kinds to try (including a meat-free version) so go forth and slurp.
Izakaya Midori, Reedy Creek: This is the coast’s first plant-based Japanese eatery. The signature dish is a bright-green Midori Ramen, said to be just as rich and flavoursome as the traditional pork-based version – well worth putting on your hit list.
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.
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.
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