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by Katriona Li (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer from Sydney, Australia. When I am not daydreaming of faraway places, I am hunting down the next vegetarian restaurant to try. Check out my lifestyle and travel blog at
Published March 16th 2020
What a better way to pass a rainy and cold Sydney Sunday than by enjoying a big bowl of heartwarming noodles? Shinmachi in Newtown has got you covered for all your rainy day noodle cravings.

This Japanese run and owned restaurant also has great vegan-friendly variations of classic Japanese dishes like tonkatsu curry, gyoza (pan-fried dumplings) and of course, ramen! It is a great place to eat for meat lovers and vegans alike!

The Atmosphere
Once you head up the stairs, you will be greeted by the loud shot 'Irasshaimase' - a traditional and warm Japanese welcome. Choose between cosy booth seats or tables in the open area. My tip - grab a seat near the window, there is a great view of Newtown below and it is very nice to watch the rainfall and people watch as you slurp on your noodles!

The Food

My friend ordered the 'Vegan tantanmen', a Japanese take on the Sichuan noodles. The broth of this dish combines the spice from the rayu chilli oil with soymilk and sesame paste. The noodles have been hand-pulled and have the perfect bounce when you bite into them.

I ordered the 'Vegan tonkatsu with chashu', and it was delicious. Upon the first bite, I couldn't believe that this was vegan. The rich and creamy broth was perfect and tasted so similar to actual tonkatsu ramen broth! The chashu added a sweetness to the dish and was the perfect contrast against the savoury soup.

With an array of Japanese drinks and beverages like Kirin beer and sake, Shinmachi is reminiscent of a Japanese izakaya (bar) plus ramen joint, all rolled into one.

Want a big meal of noodles? Shinmachi is the place to go. Want to grab a couple of drinks and try Japanese bar food/tapas? Shinmachi won't let you down!

The next time you are in Newtown, don't forget to stop by Shinmachi for a fabulous meal! I have lived in Japan for a year and have tried many great vegan ramens in my life - Shinmachi does a great job with their take on vegan ramen!

Tuesday 5:30pm - 9:15 pm

Wednesday 5:30pm - 9:15 pm

Thursday 5:30pm - 9:15 pm

Friday 12:00pm - 2:15 pm

5:30pm - 9:15 pm

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:15 pm

5:30pm - 9:15 pm

Sunday 12:00pm - 2:15 pm

5:30pm - 9:15 pm

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Where: 1/239 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
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