Torasan Ramen, Melbourne
I’m not entirely sure what is up with the adorable little creature on all the branding of Torasan, but I’d like to think he’s the equivalent of 30 Rock’s Meat Cat and is here to get all the cool kids into Japanese foodstuffs. They have some interesting stuff here, not less the french fries ramen which sounds like the conception of someone spilling their chips into their noodles. There’s also matcha Kirin beer and a good drinks menu. I went more traditional for this lunch, with the tonkotsu ramen. You do have to navigate slightly to level 2 for a sit in meal. The design of the restaurant is a little crazy like Meat Cat, but anyone who can read a sign can work it out.
The dish wasn’t quite as fast as some of the ramen-purist joints and that’s the consequence of having a rather diverse menu, includes curries, donburis and snacks. It serves well to cover off many types of appetites but ends up meaning the ramen isn’t quite nailed here. The chashu was grilled which was great, this made it highly aromatic and at two slices was a good few bites. Corn and beansprouts make for a different angle of ramen and the broth was decent enough. Noodles were a bit more ordinary, wasn’t quite the same satisfaction as some of the others. A good little set up at Torasan and not offensive by any means.