Ippudo, Westfields, Sydney CBD

Guest blogger edition

Ippudo, such an iconic ramen shop known all around the globe for its focus on providing the masses with hot, delicious ramen (albeit at a somewhat higher price than what you can get at lesser known places). The Sydney branch is located on level 5 of the Westfield shopping centre, although I have heard some rumours that a second branch will be opening soon at the new Central park complex in Broadway.

Anyhoo, when it first opened it used to be pretty hard to get a table here, but these days it's a bit easier but if you come at peak times, there will most likely still be a bit of a queue. 630pm on a Friday night there wasn't an issue getting a table for two.

The service here is great with the waiters and waitresses knowledgeable about the dishes and providing prompt and friendly service. We sat and made our orders.

Mini crab karaage -$12 - one of the daily specials - basically a soft shell crab with a bit of greens and Japanese mayo. Crab was fresh and the batter crunchy. Nice but not the best soft shell crab I've had.

Spicy black sesame ramen - $18 - That giant ball in the middle is actually some sort of spicy soup paste. The idea is to mix it awith the existing soup depending on how spicy you want it. The ball is actually pretty spicy so we took out half of the ball. A thick soup that went well with the pork and noodles.

Shiromaru Motoaji, tonkotsu broth with thin noodles, pork loin, bean sprounts, black mushroom and shallots- $15 - Pretty good tonkostu soup but less of the collagen that you can get at other places. Still, very rich flavours and chunky slices of pork. Delicious.

The ramen noodles underneath - super smooth and al dente.

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