Akira Ramen Karaage Bar, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | I first tried tantanmen a few ago at Usagi in Tokyo, and have been hooked on the delicious ramen style ever since.

Tantanmen is the Japanese take on Sichuan Dan Dan noodles. It’s ramen noodles in a wonderfully balanced soup with hot spiciness from rayu Japanese chili oil and a nutty sweetness from soy milk and sesame (or sometimes peanut) paste.

Good versions of the style are far and few between in Melbourne, so when a friend of mine, who I was at Usagi with, told me that a new ramen spot, Akira Ramen Karaage Bar, had. Opened in the city and were serving up a tasty tantanmen, I had to check it out.

The space is small and low lit, reminiscent of a Tokyo izakaya. The menu is small. A signature chicken ramen, tantanmen, karaage, and a handful of other things. I opted for the tantanmen, of course, while my friend went for the signature ramen. Long story short, I really enjoyed my bowl. A light and balanced broth, with the required flavours coming through nicely, and firm, springy noodles. The karaage hit the spot too, although the spicy could have been a bit spicier.

Definitely one I’ll add to my ramen list when I’m looking for something different than my go to tonkotsu ramen.

Akira Ramen Karaage Bar

221 Russell Street
Victoria 3000

Telephone: 0414 749 897
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Tue: 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Wed – Thu: 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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