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Published July 31st 2018
Sydney's Must-Eat Burnt Ramen
Gogyo is the latest addition to the Japanese ramen hotspots in Sydney. Their signature burnt miso ramen is driving ramen-lovers to join the long queues this winter.

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Gogyo means five elements in Japanese (earth, fire, water, metal and wood). The restaurant is spacious, clean and fitted with modern wood furniture. The open kitchen enables patrons to see the live action as chefs conjure up delicious Japanese fare.

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moody chic Scandanavian interior

Recently we paid a visit to this new establishment in Surry Hills and tried the famous Japanese Kogashi Miso ramen. It was fully booked out so we got to sit at the bar, which gave us good vantage position to watch the chefs operate in real action. The dining atmosphere was classy with lovely background music, spirited conversations and laughter. Young professionals and families seemed to make up the bulk of the customers. I was impressed by how busy Gogyo was on a Saturday evening at 5:30pm.

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Parisian Cocktail $18

We started the evening with a fruity cocktail. The playful pink drink was perfect for a lady. The lads opted for some beers.

The menu has been intentionally kept humble and remains true to its Japanese origin. The menu incorporates 5 types of ramen and assorted a la carte dishes. The most popular dishes are Wagyu Sukiyaki Spring rolls, Chargrilled Edamame, Goma Kingfish sashmi, the Gogyo original gyoza, or the whitebait isobe-Age.

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Cod Fish Saikyo Miso $28

For starters, we took fancy to the description of the miso codfish, though we thought it was pricey for an entree at a ramen joint. However, the codfish marinated in Saikyo miso turned out to be one of the highlight dishes of the evening. This simple Japanese dish incorporated 2 succulent soft cod fillets marinated in Saikyo miso. The tender soft fish fillets were served with paper-thin deep-fried burdock strips. This dish was a treat for my taste buds.

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Kogashi Miso $18 (Charred miso base, original chicken broth, half umami egg, pork belly chashu)

At the outset, the staff handed us black bibs and explained that it is because the Kogashi ramen is very dark in colour and it might stain our clothes. This Gogyo's specialty 'burnt" ramen has a miso based broth cooked in 300°C lard. We watched the chef heat up the soup base in a wok and it ignited orange flames in the kitchen! It was a visual spectacle.

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Smoky and intense. Just like the open kitchen

We were served with a bowl of almost dark black broth topped with slices of pork belly chashu and the half umami egg was aesthetically placed on top of the black ramen. It was visually intimidating and it certainly aroused our curiosity. The flavour was intense, slightly sweet and not easily forgotten. After a while, it tasted very rich and this would be a stiff competition with Gumshara. I could not finish a whole bowl of this by myself.

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Gogyo Tonkotsu $17 Silky pork broth, half umaimi egg, bamboo shoots, pork belly chashu)

We also ordered the signature Tonkotsu ramen, which was made from pork broth loaded with noodles, tender pork belly slices, spring onion, bamboo shoot and garnished with standard seaweed and half umami egg.

The pork bone broth was thick and gelatinous and had an oomph that infused my soul with rejuvenation. This was a familiar comfort ramen and I enjoyed the beautiful gooey egg. The noodles soaked up the broth to deliver the well-rounded and highly satisfying ramen experience. It was indeed rich, flavoursome and filling.

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Gogyo in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia

I eyed the Nutella Taiyaki dessert with longing but we were so full and could not fit in dessert. Next time then.

Gogyo is a must-try ramen joint when you're in Sydney.
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Why? Delicious Japanese Ramen
When: 12-3pm; 5:30 - 10pm
Phone: (02) 9212 0003
Where: 52-54 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Cost: $30 per person
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