Shop Ramen, Fitzroy
Ramen – but not quite as you know it. Taking a much more contemporary take and targeting a hip, young crowd Shop Ramen adds a little something different to the Japantown that Smith Street already is. I’ve had takeout from the store when it was too busy to sit in, and sat in for a ramen lunch. This was the $16 BBQ chicken option with a white organic miso, buttered corn, egg, burnt cabbage, spring onion, watercress and a decent-sized fillet of the chicken. Good little mix and the buttery corn and charred cabbage/ chicken keep the broth flavourful. It’s not quite the usual tonkotsu, pork chasu, bamboo/ seaweed outputs but makes for a most satisfactory diversion.