Misoya Sake Bar
165A Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056
(03) 8589 3685
This is my ‘go to’ ramen place in Brunswick. I am here quite often. So one of the first things I love about Misoya Sake Bar is that there is no MSG. Frequently a lot of Japanese restaurants are loaded with MSG.
They focus on toriro – Japanese chicken broth and have a vegetarian broth option as well. I guess my point is, don’t come in thinking that you’re in for a tonkotsu (pork) broth. Their toriro is indeed very thick, creamy and gelatinous chicken stock. I mainly go in and order the misoya special ramen, which is the thick gelatinous broth with miso added. There are normally two pieces of very tender pork belly, one 6 minute egg, and spring onions and seaweed in every bowl. The noodles are decent but probably not the best noodle I’ve tasted. However it is still a very decent and satifying meal. Misoya Sake Bar provide a very generous serving, and for the price point $16, not a bad place when you’re too lazy to cook at home on a cold winter’s Melbourne night.
Misoya special ramen:
Vege miso ramen: Decent, and very tomato and corn based. Not a bad vegetarian option, but lacks the depth of flavour and moorish nature of the chicken broth ramen options.
Value for money: 8/10
Overall Score: 30/40