Mr Ramen San
If there’s one thing you become familiar with on travels through Asia, it’s noodle soup. I entered my time in Melbourne with a lot of the good stuff from Seoul and Singapore fresh in my mind, to go with an upbringing of Knorr chicken noodle and an array of standard UK ramens.
I felt prepared and ready to sample Melbourne’s best ramen which I was reliably informed was to be had at Mr Samen San.
Located in a mall that reminded me very much of the metro underground stations in Seoul, it’s a very compact place and on my first attempt to visit I found it queued out the door. I wasn’t in a queuing mood so I returned the next day and secured a window shelf seat.
As I crossed the threshold, the whole restaurant staff – about a dozen folk – greeted me with what sounded like “namaste”. They repeated this for everyone which was quite something and set the tone for a friendly and attentive service experience.
Ordering was a pretty brief process as I was pretty clear I wanted ramen, I wanted it with roast pork and I wanted their black tonkotsu broth. I was all want, want, want. This demanding was passed on to my smiley waitress who soon returned with the expected bowl of goodness.
The aroma was the first thing to hit with its warmly comforting notes. The dish looked quite stylish before I dived in with considerable relish. The broth was the highlight with incredible depth of creamy pork flavour. The roast pork was also of very good quality and the noodles provided the backbone of a top quality dish.
So overall, Mr Ramen San served me a really good bowl of ramen. The welcome was as warming as the soup. It’s a place I’d strongly recommend to you next time you feel the noodly need.
Blythe scores Mr Ramen San
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: charsu black tonkotsu ramen
I drank: water
I wore: distressed denim
Total bill: $14.90
Address: 12a/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia