Tontaro Ramen Honten

Monday
11:30am - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm
339-345 Sussex Street Sydney 2000

Tontaro Ramen Honten is Jun Toyoda’s fourth ramen store.

The big difference between the tonkotsu there and at Tontaro Ramen Honten is the bones he uses. At O-san it’s fatty pig backbones and trotters. They give the ramen viscosity and a deep richness, but not the depth you get from using bones with high marrow content.

The tonkotsu at Tontaro is made with marrow-laden pork shin bones. Tonkotsu refers to both the ingredient (the bones) and the style of broth, and the soup here is as heart-arrestingly rich as the O-san bowl, but more nuanced, and more common in Japan.

Also try the lighter chicken-based soy ramen at Tontaro Ramen Honten, and the mixed chicken and pork Hokkaido-style spicy ramen made with house-blended miso. There’s also the mazesoba, a soupless ramen with chunks of fatty pork, egg, mayo, bamboo shoots, pickled ginger and shallots.

Bowls here start at $15. The canteen-style fit-out features plenty of light-coloured timber and the sculptural ceiling – it has a non-traditional look and feel.

Updated: March 14th, 2019

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