Ramen Isshi is a traditional Japanese Restaurant, opened by the same folks who run Orgo, specialized in healthy approach of Ramen. It has been consistently ranked either 1st or 2nd in Nakasu on " Tabelog", the definitive customer food review site in Japan.
The freshness and ingredients including the noodles are freshly made on the premises, witnessed through the displaying of their machine for making noodles, steamed baos and gyoza skin right at the entrance.
It is a quite small and peaceful dining area in a modern-concept based. Decorated by the racks for displaying their exclusive bag
designed by Japanese illustrator Sayaka Iwashimizu
and cute ramen lunch box
. On top of it, it welcome guest to sit on the creative table that has its drawer. You can keep your things inside the drawer to have more space on the table.
Menu is also available inside the drawer.
Oh Yeah !! Take note
: It is neither book nor menu. But, it is a pretty artistic menu designed in a scrapbook and notes at the behind for guest to write on their feedback and comment
The exclusive bag and reusable ramen lunch box is available to sell. The lunch box is made from stainless and not plastic so that it is use to wash and able to keep the food warm. Beverage Pure Juice : Soursop + Pineapple
( $4.5 ).
First Drink we had for our welcome drink . It is slightly bitter
Fresh Fruit Juice - Makgeolli
Flavour of strawberry and it would taste better when it is still chilled. It is very expensive. They selling at $9.00 and the cup is very small. Once times of drink is finished.
Fresh Fruit Beer.
The staffs were giving us a try for their alcohol drink with no worries because it is just a small alcohol based - only 6%.
Total Soy : Passion Fruit + Mango
( $3.5 )
It is definitely taste better than the pure juice of soursop + pineapple. And would be better that if finish it while it is still chill. Side DishTofu with Century Egg
( $8.00 )
A small cut pieces of century egg topped on top of the soft tofu. The sauce of soya and mayu makes its side dish taste better and had a great smell.
Carrot Cake with Saffron
( $8.00 )
It is made up from flour and carrot with the topping of red radish at the top and saffron at the below. It is a bit sticky and more towards like a sticky rise instead of usual carrot cake of chinese food. As we know saffron is a spice hence it is a bit spicy.
Chicken Wings Fritto
( $6.00 )
Initially, i was surprised that the chicken wings is very small. To clear my curioustiy, Thank you to Zaf for the brief explanation. It is a mid/half chicken wings. Each of the chicken wings was cut into another half.
The lovely chicken wings is deep fried using soya sauce and after the deep fried, its also dipped into soya sauce again which totally make the chicken wings delighted. The chicken wings is eat together with the 7mi of spice ingredients at the side ( round shaped ) Homemade Kua Pao in Assorted Flavors
( $8.00 )
The home-made bao is freshly made using a machine served with a slice of pork, lettuce and a small cut of cucumber. To have a flavorsome of innovative side dish of bao, i would recommend to add more a sweet - salty sauce at the original flavor bao, otherwise it will be quite plain. But don't overload the sauce because it is a bit salty.
The 6 available assorted flavors bao are :
- Matcha ( green ), Prune ( yellow ) , Original ( white )
- Sesame ( black ) , Tumeric ( yellow ) , Beetroot ( red )
Match and Black sesame are the most popular among the bao
Homemade Pan-fried Gyoza
( $5.00 )
The skin of gyoza is also made from its machine. It is soft and well textured. The gyoza is only fried at 1 side ( right ) and left side is only steamed . You could see that on the right side, there is a fried shape in brown color, and on the left side is remained as the initial step of steam.Tuna Sashimi & Avocado Salad Asian Style
( $12.00 )
Fresh avocado and raw tuna sashimi with a 70% egg yolk at the top and decoration of sichuan pepper at the side. The best to eat it is wrap it with the seaweed and the ingredients of mayu sauce is always make the dish mouth watering.
Main Course Tonkotsu Kuro Ramen
( $13.00 )
The famous Black Ramen and 1 of the newest style of Hakata Ramen topped with savory Mayu ( sesame oil ), frying and re-frying garlic and shallot in Mayu for at least 4 times to obtain 4 layers of taste for the soup base.
The home-made noodle is a bit hard and slightly smaller than other type of japanese noodle. The half-boiled egg is really delicious and 2 slices of cha-shu is well cooked.Tonkatsu Aka Ramen
Aka means is Red. Corresponding to its name, the soup base is in red color with spicy szechuan pepper, freshly XO sauce loaded with scallop and seafood stock. A totally different level of umami. Yes !!! the spicy is marvellousTonkutso Shiro Ramen
( $12.00 )
White Ramen is their standard Tonkotsu (pork bone) base noodle with lighter flavor made by first blanching the bones before preparing the stock and boiling pork bones, fat and collage over high heat for many hours.
Other than served in 2 slices of Cha-Shu and half-boiled egg, it comes with Chinese Mustard, definitely it is spicy for the topping of Ramen. Dessert
Almond Jelly with Framboise
A very soft jelly like a soft pudding flavored in different 3 layer base. Top is layered with Passion fruit, second is cream base ( raspberries ) and last layer is almond. Even though i just dip the top layer, i can taste the existing of almond flavour was there.
This is how the Ramen Lunch Box is packed.
Simple and easy Ramen to eat if you need to take away. Why Not ?? To DABAO.
The top layer is filled with Ramen and the necessary ingredients dishes.While the soup will be putting at the bottom layer. Since the Ramen doesn't mix with the soup together, it taste slightly different compare with the Ramen we eat it at restaurant on the spot.
Full Blog review : http://cennds.blogspot.jp/2014/12/ramen-isshi.html
( included video and photos of Ramen is being made )
Spending per head: Approximately $20Other Ratings: