Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sydney CBD: Ramen Ikkyu

xHJb1o1385843667Raman Ikkyu
Shop F1A
401 Sussex Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 02 9281 0998

Open 7 days noon still 8pm or sold out.


Raman Ikkyu was started by Harunobu Inukai, former Chef/Restauranteur of Blancharu, the French-Japanese fusion restaurant located in Elizabeth Bay.

There are 3 types of 15-hour broths Shoyu (soy sauce), Shio (salt) and Miso, which is pictured below. 160 litres is made a day from pork and chicken bones.  According to a good food article, Chef Haru’s business plan is to sell 150 bowls of ramen every day and then close for the day once it is all sold.

I had the Ikkyu Miso. This is $11.50 a bowl. The broth is extremely flavor-full, with a sticky salty-sweet delicious taste as you sip every spoonful. It is lighter than the broth at Gumshara, which makes it something I would eat on a more regular basis. The pork is tender and just the right amount of salty bite, with some fat still rendered on the meat, so it is not dry and simply melts in your mouth. I must say there is a lot going on in the bowl – corn (which is my favourite); onions, spring onions, cabbage and bean sprouts which I must admit I leave till the end; and half an egg which is cooked just so the middle is still slightly oozey. A lot of love and attention has been placed into every bowl, which is why I would highly recommend it and come back again and again without hesitation.


One final remark is that Chef Harunobu Inukai, decided to give customers an extra serve of noodles, so  if you are still hungry and have saved some soup (as they do not refill soup and other delicious bits) you can redeem an extra serve of noodles as long as you have your receipt in hand.

The second serve tastes a little more like pasta, as I think it doesn’t have as long a time to soften in the broth, but still yummy and worth every additional bite!


Food: 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Ambience: 5/10
Service: 8/10
Overall Score: 31/40
Highly recommended!

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Sydney CBD: Gowings Bar and Grill

Gowings Bar and Grill
pPpoAG138586853949 Market St
Sydney NSW 2000 ‎
Tel: (02) 8262 0000


Gowings Bar and Grill – you are a gem.

My number one tip is book ahead. This place gets crowded, and you do not want to be like me, and book, turn up late, have your table given away and have to sit in the bar area on bar stools, on a rainy, dreary Friday afternoon.

Thought, I have to say, the visit was well hEEFrk1385868721worth it. The food is absolutely divine.  The ‘De’Medici Rural Italian Onion Soup’ ($16) is a taste bud turner. The Gruyere, Garlic Chive Crostini is just cheesey and stringy and melt in your mouth. The onion soup is thick, and the onions are golden brown and a little sticky sweet which is lovely.

The Mushroom Shortcrust Tart ($27) was flawless. A thin crispy shell which didn’t crumble with the weight of the mushrooms or g9uYgg1385868572sauce, held the mascarpone polenta and thyme and mushroom juices. I don’t think you could fault it as you scoped up each mouthful.

Lastly I had the Gowings Classic Profiteroles – which were said to be filled with Creme Patissiere and Vanilla Ice-cream and drowned in Valrhona Dark Chocolate Sauce. This was DvovhF1385868805delicious and the little balls of crunchy malt chocolate added to the texture and experience. Though… I would have to say I didn’t really see any hint of Creme Patissiere in sight, it was still a very enjoyable dessert.

All in all Gowings Bar and Grill, I will definitely be back, next on my hit list will be the Suckling Pig & Pinot Fridays and Seafood Pie!!

Food: 9.5/10
Value for money: 9.5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Overall Score: 35/40


Highly recommended!

Woollahra: Red Rabbit

np8P9P1385863980Red Rabbit
10 Oxford Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Tel: (02) 9331 2325

Oh Red Rabbit, I was so excited to eat at your newly revamped restaurant. I loved Claudes, and I knew you were going for a different style of food, different price-point in the market and slightly different clientele, but I was still eager to see what you would serve.QICdZ21385864042

There is no doubt from my blog, I love Asian food and all price-points of Asian food… but utter disappointment was what I experienced, sad to say.

oNYNkc1385864014When I eat at restaurants, apart from the quality of the food, my number one biggest turn off is the attitude of staff and particularly management – but I will come to this after describing the food experience…

FirsHQiyJp1385864111t of all – the food is not bad. The price is on the very affordable side of the equation. However, I must say there was no cohesion to their menu, I found it a bit of a mis-mash, and not that well thought out.

We had the ‘7 spice tofu, black vinegar’ $11, which tasted more like 5 spice powder. This was competently done. The ‘Tamarind Glazed Wings’ $12 and ‘Mushroom Medley, Chilli, Garlic’ $15 was also cooked well and very tasty. o9GrXC1385864137The latter two were a bit on the salty side and either need some rice or beer/beverage to wash it down (which perhaps is Red Rabbit’s new target market – ‘youth who drink copious amounts and spend big on alcohol’).

tJh1Na1385864226We also had the ‘Salt and Pepper Baby Octopus’ $18 – which I have to say resembled nothing of ‘salt and pepper’ and instead would have been better named ‘Asian Baby Octopus Salad’. To be fair the Octopus was very tender, but nothing about this dish made me want to eat it again. Everything was wet and there was no contrast or exciting element or texture to this dish.

CrgdzO1385864163Next was the Duck Pancake – and whilst I agree with Tim Owen that if Red Rabbit sold Duck Pancakes (that were any good) there would be lines out the door. I think that Red Rabbit’s ‘new’ version of Duck Pancakes $22, with tzatziki sauce, a cucumber piece and spring onions with the roots rather depressed, with each mouthful, rather then impressed me.iAx49Y1385864254swB7Mi1385864279

The Lamb Curry was next, this was indeed a tad watery, the lamb had a very strong lamb taste to it, dwxfaa1385864193although the meat was quite tender, and it lacked salt for something that was to be eaten with rice. Especially when compared with the Mushroom Medley and Tamarind Glazed Wings.

The ‘Orange, Pepper Beef Chow Mein’ was the last dish we ate. At $18, I wasn’t impressed. I found the citrus too much and honestly give mMC663d1385864866e the Chow Mein at Flemington: Pho Toan Thang , Eastwood: BBQ One or Burwood : Canton Noodle house at half the price any day!

We were going to order dessert, but didn’t end up giving it a go, as honestly the ambience and acoustics of Red Rabbit’s second floor is gob-smackingly terrible. If I could give negative points for ambience I would… I have been to live rock concerts and dance parties quieter than this restaurant. I heard many other diners complain and comment that the food and service of the waitress staff were good, but not good enough for them to endure having to SHOUT at each other during dinner. And when I mean shout, I actually mean shout.

I was highly appalled.

More so, when Celia (the lovely waitress upstairs) was told by many-a-customer regarding the noise. She said she completely understood, but advised it was better coming from customers directly to the owner (as Celia relaying customer feedback to management was clearly falling on deaf ears). However I think Celia wasn’t the only one being dismissed. I patiently waited to speak for a moment with the owner Phillip Haw, only to be greeted with a flippant and snobbish attitude and told that the noise is what I should expect from large crowds.

Some level of noise yes, but if I actually shout, and it is not a blimp on the radar compared to the noise level of the whole joint, there is a serious problem.

Red Rabbit, yes you have some lovely wait staff – namely Celia and Abigail Meinke, but you have horrific noise levels and room acoustics upstairs, terrible management attitude towards patrons and food that is frankly not worth my while coming back for.

Sorry you have completely disappointed.

value for money: 6/10
food: 6/10
service: 7/10 (of wait staff)
ambiance: 0/10
overall score: 19/40

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