Mappen Ramen, Melbourne
A very new addition to the East-ish side of Bourke Street is Mappen Ramen, which is tactically around the corner from good ol’ Hakata Gensuke. I would imagine they would hope for some queue overflow, I’m always up for a faster option. It seems like there’s one in Sydney and that one differs in having good reviews, perhaps we’re just a bit more critical over here in the south.
Service is quick as it’s one of those queue-order-pickup processes so you get your meal before you get your table. Which isn’t any trouble, this place seems quiet. It’s also pretty cheap but like all the others they push for top-ups and add-ons. Part of me prefers for my eating to be kept simple and I demonstrate my protest through deciding to do so as such.
I had the tori-kara mayo bowl as pictured and for the price is was fair. I’d probably prefer paying a bit more and getting a bit more sizable of a meal and perhaps some vegetables in the mix. I guess that’s the top up part of things. Chicken and rice alone didn’t make for a balanced meal and there wasn’t really any flavouring to go with the rice so had to lean on the soy sauce bottle like old times. Spring roll was pedestrian. Cheap, inoffensive Japanese option.