Chef Tomoharu Shono has a stiff prescription for eating ramen: enjoy the contents of your bowl in their freshly prepared state; and absolutely no sharing among the table.

That prescription is also a bit of a public service announcement. If diners would dial back the chat and tuck into their soup, it might help to abate the hour-long queues his ramen shops are prone to.

Shono founded Mensho in 2015, which has since become a revered chain with locations in the US (the San Francisco location is listed in the Michelin guide), Thailand, India and now Australia. Melbourne came first in 2023, followed by this Sydney branch a year later.

The menu offers six types of ramen. Among them is a signature tori paitan using a chicken broth based on mizutaki, a Japanese hot pot dish. To make the broth, the kitchen team simmers chicken, kelp and vegetables for six hours and then refrigerates the soup for a further 24 to develop the flavour. The resulting creamy white broth is served with fresh noodles and topped with duck char siu.

As well as ramen, you can also expect sake pairing recommendations and side dishes including chicken and eggplant karaage, fried enoki mushroom, and crispy corn “wings”.

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Updated: May 8th, 2024

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