130 Bourke St, Melbourne
(Ph) 9662 1100
We were going out for dinner in the city with some friends - didn't really have anywhere in mind so flipped through the Entertainment Book and found 25% off Ajisen Ramen =) Ajisen Ramen is a Japanese chain store serving obviously ramen and other Japanese goodies. I had been to Ajisen in Hong Kong before but never in Australia - figured it can't be too bad since it was a chain store right? P always likes ramen and since he didn't get to come to Ramen Ya last time, thought it be a good idea to try this one =)
The Ajisen girl greets you at the door with her bowl of ramen =)
I got the Tonkatsu Ramen - Ramen served with Deep Fried Bread Crumbed Pork, Egg and Vegetables $11. I asked them to serve the Tonkatsu separately so it wouldn't get soggy in the soup =)
In the picture, the pork looked so much more substantial - thicker and bigger piece =( The ramen was quite good - not too chewy but not too soft either! <3 the soft boiled egg! Too bad they gave us so much of the seaweed stuff and spring onion - was a bit of overload! You don't get to choose the soup base here unlike Ramen Ya but it was very tasty I drank all of it =P
P ordered the Ajisen Ramen - Original Ramen from Kumamoto, Japan served with Chasyu, Egg & Vegetables $9
They were pretty lousy with their toppings - should have ordered the Chasyu Ramen instead for $11 - gives you "extra chasyu" although I doubt it'd be more than 2 extra slices =P They're always very stingy with their chasyu slices like at Ramen Ya =( And they didn't give him any vegetables (cabbage) - not that he likes cabbage anyway but they jipped him!
Ponzu sauce is like a vinegary soy sauce commonly used for dipping things in Japanese cuisine. The beef was quite tasty with a bit of spring onion and a bit of garlic in each mouthful. This had a Chef's Recommendation star next to it and it was indeed quite good =)
6/10 - ramen and soup were quite good but could have been more generous on the toppings, or at least more realistic like in the pictures =P
2/5 - seats are stools with no backs but quite a nice restaurant
3/5 - food came super fast and cleared quickly too
A new Ajisen Ramen opened at Melbourne Central! I don't remember what was there before... was it some other restaurant? It feels more spacious compared to the Bourke St one =)
After much dilemma-ing, I decided to not get a ramen this time but to try a Bento box! This menu highlights chef's recommendations and top 3 most popular of each type of dish - I don't remember if they had it on the menu at Bourke St... I got the 2nd most popular Bento box which was also a chef's recommendation =)
Beef Bento - sliced beef with yakitori, wafu salad, seaweed salad, gyoza & rice.
It came very quickly - much quicker than E's ramen (which took surprisingly long to come =/) I enjoyed this bento box very much, got a bit of everything =) Though the gyoza weren't very crunchy and weren't hot - think they were fried already and had been sitting there for a while =( The yakitori was tasty and I liked the 2 types of salads - many different flavours in the box =) Would recommend the bento box if you don't feel like ramen here! Though why would you come to a ramen shop if you don't feel like ramen, right? =P