Ajisen Ramen, Melbourne CBD
Well I actually wasn’t expecting much as a) had been told it was pretty average, 2) it was pretty quiet and 3) it’s a reasonably prolific ramen chain store. However, I was pleasantly surprised with my toroniku ramen – that’s the grilled pork cheek. For starters, it’s great to have a really extensive menu and with a lot of options, which is a change from the traditional ramen joints. The other cool difference is the quantity of meat, it was much more satisfying having a few bits to bite rather than the usual centimetre slice you get in other places.
With such a range of items to pick from you never know the quality and freshness, but what I had on this occasion was great. The usual ramen additions and the base broth itself was aromatic and enjoyable. As someone else mentioned a bit heavy on the seasoning oil as visible, but this was alright with me. Portion size was right and the service was all fine. Not a bad spot if you’re looking to avoid the normal crowds or want a bit more choice.