Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, CBD

One of my favourite ramen places in Melbourne, the ability to customise every bowl to your liking is what makes every visit extra special. 

The menu provides the ability to choose from a number of options across categories such as ramen oil, broth heaviness, noodle texture, type of soy sauce, type of pork, as well as other additional toppings.

The two most important factors for me are the broth and the noodles. I generally go for a heavy broth with hard noodles, and load up on a lot of toppings. 

For those who are extra ramen-loving, you can also order extra noodles, which come on the side so that they don't get soggy in the bowl whilst you are enjoying the initial portion.

Not only so, there are also a selection of yummy starters whilst you wait for your customised ramen to be prepared, or to order as sides, to add onto or into your piping hot bowls of delicious ramen. My recommendations are the chicken karaage or the hand made gyozas.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Momo Dumplings + Tea, Prahran

I would be proud to bring my parents here, and they are Chinese, so that's saying a lot! Momo provides a fresh approach to mainland Chinese cuisine. The dishes retain their authenticity, yet are presented in a modern and refreshed manner.

Whilst several parts of the menu offer dishes that are great to have on their own, I would recommend sharing. Or at the very least, share some starters and entrees, including Momo's selection of dumplings. Also, do order one of the delightful hot or iced tea's from the drinks menu for an even more inspired accompaniment to the meal.

MOMO Dumpling Plus Tea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

SMAK, South Yarra

SMAK Food House’s interior epitomises Scandinavian cool. Tucked away on Daly Street in South Yarra, SMAK is also pretty cool by Melbourne standards.

The menu  focuses on those who are healthy conscious, although there are plenty of side options for those (like me) who enjoy ordering in abundance. I ordered a big breakfast which was big enough on its own,  but even better with a side of potato rosti and another side of haloumi.

T was a bit more mindful of our wedding diet and went for the egg white omelette. Being the quintessential South Yarra hipster that he is, he also ordered a Byron Bay kombucha and a turmeric latte to accompany his meal.

Both meals tasted really good, and surprised me with their depth of flavours. I guess when I heard healthy, I came in a bit guarded and expected to  be shaking my S&P liberally. The big breakfast was an especially perfect balance of fresh and savoury, crunchy and ooze.  

SMÄK Food House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato