Sitting on its lonesome off the famed Flinders food Lane, comes Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen (it’ll take a little while to remember that one) taking place where former night club/bar Ondergronds used to reside, and definitely the winner in terms of most spacious and modern interior of all the ramen restaurants.
Beginning at $15 (same as Hakata Gensuke, should you add the optional egg…something we think isn’t optional, but must when eating ramen), Ikkoryu’s Original Tonkotsu broth is flavoursome and enriching – and arguably better than Hakata’s.
While Hakata’s ground breaking black tonkotsu doesn’t quite have an equivalent here, Ikkoryu does offer a range of other ramen bases for patrons to try, including the chef’s selection in the Yuzu (a Japanese citrus) Tonkotsu, spicy Tobanjan (a paste from fermented broad beans) Tokotsu, classic Miso and Black Garlic Tonkotsu that uses special roasted garlic oil.
Rounding out the menu is the Mochi and ice cream, something not seen much elsewhere in Melbourne, and the humble but often forgotten Japanese style potato salad. Ultimately Ikkoryu Fukuoka might seem like another run of the mill ramen spot, but it’s menu proves otherwise, asking you to maybe branch out a little in your choice of ramen.
In a Sentence: The devil’s in the details, Ikkoryu presents some pretty interesting options for even the most discerning ramen eater.
Verdict: Would Go Back
Melbourne Food Blogger dined as a guest at Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen.