Panting after long walks, 30 + degree temperatures, these are not the situations you want to go to have a bowl of hot steaming ramen and yet that hasn't stopped the droves queuing up these past few days outside the newly opened Ippudo. Famous in Japan as a chain restaurant, it has made its way to the land down under in Pitt St Mall.
What can I say... It gets loud. It gets really loud. On top of the music, the acoustics of the area and the constant 'Irrashaimase!' chorus by the staff every time someone comes in, there's not much room for conversation to be had. That Irrashaimase really gets on your nerves but I suppose it does to contribute to the restaurant's atmosphere.
|Tempura Camembert 8|
|Ippudo Pork Bun 4|
|Shiromaru Tamago 17|
|Ippudo Karage Men 17|
Everyone will have qualms with the price. It's no where near as cheap as some of the others around Chinatown and you have to pay for garnishes on top of that. Restaurant location really does lead to premium prices I guess. Their service, despite being warm, is poorly co-ordinated and was often a haphazard of confusion. I think there was a 3 minute period where I was asked at least 5 times whether I was done with my quarter full bowl to only be repeatedly said no to. That aside, Ippudo was enjoyable, the atmosphere you can get used to and it eventually becomes quite fun and ramen is great.
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