“Irrashaimase!” This irrepressible greeting is the first thing you hear from the beaming floor staff at this new city ramen joint. In the same Corrs Lane building as spicy Sichuan House and Brutale, and with no street signage (yet), Fukuruyu Ramen is still a secret for many noodle chasers. Opened two weeks ago, Fukuryu Ramen (‘lucky dragon’ in Japanese), unveiled a complete renovation of the large, first-floor space, seating around 70 at small wooden tables and bench seating.
Fukuryu Ramen is owned by an Indonesian restaurant group that is also involved in a popular chain of ramen restaurants (Ikkousha) in Japan and South East Asia. The group opened the original Ikkousha restaurant in Fukuoka, Japan – home of the tonkotsu ramen – and this is the restaurant group’s first venue outside of Asia.
“We are leveraging their recipes and cooking methods in our restaurant to recreate authentic and traditional flavours for the Australian market,” says manager Jeff Tsao, as bowls of hot ramen are delivered minutes after ordering from an illuminated light box menu at the counter.
The first part of the menu is full of traditional ramen options: tonkatsu, miso, shoyu (soy sauce seasoned) and shio (salt seasoned). “These are the common denominators for most ramen establishments,” explains Tsao, and are made with rich broths, handmade noodles, thinly sliced meat that falls apart, and a perfectly cooked egg.
Then there are a few more ‘modern’ ramen styles, “for people who are looking to enjoy trending styles straight from Japan.” These include a dry vegetarian ramen, a dry oil ramen and a spicy ramen, with new additions to this part of the menu regularly, including tsukemen (dipping noodles), chicken tonkotsu, black ramen and red dragon ramen. There will also be additions to the small plates menu, with additional pub-style sharing plates to accompany a selection of Japanese beers, sake and rice wine.
“Our goal is to spread our passion and enthusiasm for delicious ramen and fantastic service throughout Australia,” says Taso enthusiastically, “one mouth at a time.”