Opened recently at Hindley Street in Adelaide, Hakata Ryumon Ramen & Izakaya fittingly specialises in offering ramen. The restaurant also has available a wide selection of dishes that you can expect to see at an izakaya (informal Japanese pub), and more than fifty different kinds of local and Japanese drinks.
The broth of their Miso Tonkotsu had the characteristic slightly thick texture achieved from slowly boiling pork bones to create a delectable umami flavour. A notable thing about the noodles is that they are prepared on-site. The noodles were nicely complemented with chashu, bamboo shoots, black fungus and boiled egg. We liked that the chashu (Japanese braised pork belly) was tender without being too fatty.
Miso Tonkotsu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Those that want something spicy can order the Red Spicy Tonkotsu, which had the restaurant's secret chilli paste added to the broth. To enjoy the dish, mix the chilli paste in the broth thoroughly in order to spread the flavour of the chilli paste throughout the broth. The chilli paste delivered a spicy punch to the dish but the degree of spiciness should be suitable for most palates.
Red Spicy Tonkotsu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Yakitori is one of the izakaya-style dishes that are on the menu. The serving size of the Negima Yakitori is just right for a snack or to sate your appetite while waiting for your main meal. The flesh of the chicken was succulent and the slices of spring onion still had a bit of bite to them. We were also delighted that the chicken had a charred flavour and there was a hint of sweetness from the yakitori glaze.
The chicken pieces in their Chicken Karaage were of a generous size and had the degree of gingery flavour that we liked. The crisp coating of the chicken pieces enhanced the enjoyment of the dish. Served with the chicken were lemon wedges and Japanese mayonnaise.
Chicken Karaage (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant gave it a cosy ambience and the lighting added a modern touch. Its closeness to Rundle Mall makes it convenient for shoppers, office workers and students that have a desire for delicious ramen.