|Ryo's ramen bowls (and a bit of pickled ginger)|
Some even say that this is the best. I beg to differ. But before you throw rocks to me, let me explain myself.
So Anna and I were at Ryo's for a birthday date, and apparently it isn't too long of a walk from St Leonards station. And you definitely can't miss the bright orange restaurant. Even if you're not looking for it, you'll definitely at least shoot a glance at the vivid colour. We arrived there just before 12 and there was no line yet. Hurray!
The interior isn't losing in terms of the colour. It is so yellow inside, accentuated by the yellow-ish lightning too. So pardon the dark and orange-ish pictures, please.
It isn't particularly spacious, and there are tables that can be merged or separated depending on the groups of patrons, and there are also some solo seats on the counter.
The walls are full of menu in Japanese and Chinese characters, as well as their specials and selections of toppings. On the counter there are also self-serve tap water and pickled ginger.
Even before walking through the door, I knew that I'm getting the fried chicken or karaage. How could I not? There was satisfying number of the golden and crunchy fried chicken on the plate, accompanied by a dollop of kewpie on the side. Every bite was an exciting foreplay between crunchy batter and succulent meat.
|Fried chicken - $8|
Since I wanted to try both types of their soup (chicken and pork based), I went for the chicken one while Anna took the pork.
My ramen in Tokyo style soy sauce soup (chicken based) was as pretty as a picture, but I probably won't say that this is the best bowl of ramen in Sydney. The broth was light and tasted clean, and all the toppings worked really well (especially the super tender roast pork!). I would love the egg to have softer yolk though.
Since I am more of a Gumshara-thick-broth kinda girl, Ryo's broth was rather too light for me. But then again, it depends on our personal taste.
|Ramen in Tokyo style soy sauce soup (chicken based) with roast pork, egg, bamboo shoots, and nori - $ 13.5|
The noodles though, were astounding. Every strand was cooked to perfection; stringy but not wire-hard. The noodles were the best ones I have ever tasted. Hands down.
|Close up of the toppings; no yolk porn!|
Ramen in miso flavoured soup (pork based) was equally light, but had more oily trace. It was definitely lighter than any pork-based ramen soup I've had, and I reckon it'll be perfect for those who aren't too keen about collagen-ladened soup.
|Ramen in miso flavoured soup (pork based) with egg, ,roast pork, shallot, and bamboo shoots - $13.5|
Same awesome noodles. Still can't get over about how splendid the noodles were. Did I say they were the best ramen noodles I've had?
|The perfectly cooked noodles|
So now you know why I didn't go head over heels about Ryo's. Having said that, I still the that the place is really good. And don't skip an order of the fried chicken!
Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000
Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Best ramen noodles I've ever had (as in, only the noodles), service is quick and friendly, ambiance is warm and cozy but prepare to wait for a table, price is reasonable.
125 Falcon St
Crows Nest, NSW 2065
Phone: (02) 9955 0225