Fine Weekend

Posted December 7th, 2009 in Perth WA 11 Comments »

It’s been hot, dry and now I can feel it’s summer finally!  This weekend I could do many things listed on my to-do-list and I feel great 🙂  I could wash my car ( I was dying to wash it for few months already), finish shopping for Christmas, etc.

Oh, one thing I’ve been wanting to do but haven’t done –  I’ve been wanting to go to this new ramen noodle shop “Arigataya” in Northbridge for one month, but no time to go!   This shop is owned by Japanese people who used to own a ramen shop in Tokyo, Japan.  According to my friends who tried the noodle in Arigataya, this shop currently has just few menu such as “Sho-yu (soy sauce)”, “Shio (salt)”, and “Tsuke-men (noodle to be eaten with dipping sauce)”.  The chef is trying to add more menu at the moment.  Has anyone been there already?  If so, let me know how if you like their ramen 🙂

Another thing, there are delicious Bagelier sweets available at Wasabi & Green Tea!  Macadamia Cantuccini –  three colored (plain, green tea and chocolate) crisp biscuit with heaps of Macadamia nuts, and Almond Fingers – moist  finger size cookie with  almond meal and almond slices.

11 Comments on “Fine Weekend”

  1. 1 Robert-Gilles Martineau said at 8:32 am on December 9th, 2009:

    Dear Ume san!
    Gretings from Shizuoka!
    Gald to discover another japanese national living in Australia!
    I’M French but I have many Ozzie friends here as we regularly play cricket (and drink beer!) here!
    looking forward to talking with you!

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 10:47 am on December 9th, 2009:

    Hi Robert san,

    Do you live in Shizuoka? For business, or you are resident?
    It must be very cold over there. Drinking beer with yakitori, oden, and yakiniku… nice! 🙂

  3. 3 Bishonencam said at 11:34 am on December 9th, 2009:


    I finally found Wasabi and Green Tea (and felt a little silly for missing it before) and bought some of the crispy macadamia biscuit and they’re delicious!!!

    I couldn’t see any Bagels on sale though. I wanna order some from the stie but I like in a zone that only delivers weekends and I’m usually not home then 😛

    I’m going to try that new Ramen place on Friday! I’ll let you know what it’s like ^_^

  4. 4 Iruma said at 1:07 pm on December 9th, 2009:

    hi ume, do you know if Arigataya opens 7 days a week? Im interested to try but cant seem to find them on the net.

  5. 5 umepontarou said at 3:42 pm on December 9th, 2009:

    Hi Iruma,

    They are pretty new, that’s why.. :p

    They are open on Sat and Sun, so I assume they open 7 days a week.

    The address is :

    62 Roe Street Northbridge WA 6865
    (08) 9227 7901

    Let me know if you like it 🙂

  6. 6 Bishonencam said at 1:44 pm on December 13th, 2009:

    Yo Ume!

    My girlfriend and I went to Arigataya last night and it was pretty good!
    I had the special shoyu tsukumen and my girlfriend has the special shoyu ramen and we had gyoza for entree.
    Mine was good, but the dipping sauce was a bit “gingery” and I don’t really like ginger. But after a while I could barely tell there was any ginger in it 🙂
    My girlfriend’s ramen was very good but she loaded it with chilli oil (she likes spicy food) so it was a little too much for me to bear 😛
    Both meals came with LOTS of noodles with bamboo shoots, kami nori, some greens and the pork, which was a little on the fatty side but very tender and delicious 🙂
    The gyoza was really good! Cooked perfectly and the pork was seasoned so it was peppery and tasty. They were great!

    I really wanted to see the naruto fishcake in the ramen but maybe they’re not doing it yet. The menu is quite small and nothing set in stone (the menus are color photocopies in plastic sleeves) so maybe they’re still perfecting the menu.
    There was a lot of people eating there, so their current menu seems to be working too ^_^

    The staff were friendly and nice and the restaurant itself although small, was clean and decorated with paper kites, fans and other japanese things. Kinda reminded me of Mr Samurai or other small japanese stores and restaurants.
    I give them a 7.5/10 for now.. but I’m sure they’ll get better.

  7. 7 umepontarou said at 2:11 pm on December 14th, 2009:


    Thank you for your review! Yes I think they are still working on their menu at the moment. I knew their ramen tastes good!
    I really should try it out soon, I look forward it!

  8. 8 Iruma said at 9:34 pm on December 18th, 2009:

    Hi Ume,

    I did try Arigataya with my husband and his parents in Wednesday night. Me and my husband had chicken teriyaki soy ramen noodle. My mother inlaw had chicken teriyaki soy dipping noodle. Poor my father inlaw since he is a vegetarian there wasnt any fish or vegetarian menu. So he had to order chicken teriyaki don (he would eat chicken if he had no choice).

    what i think about the food, its pretty average. my mother inlaw ordered extra seaweed which costs another $1.50, was surprised to find out it was only a sheet of dry seaweed. we just thought it was too expensive. and they dont have ocha japanese tea as well. very disappointing. However, the service was really good. staffs were friendly.

    i know you have indo husband (im indo too), when you were in jkt did you try Taichan Ramen? i think Taichan tastes a lot better than this. ohwell, it was good to try though..

    i also heard there is a yummy ramen noodle shop in fremantle. i dont know the name. But do you know anything about it?

  9. 9 umepontarou said at 11:04 pm on December 18th, 2009:


    It’s a shame that they don’t have any vegetarian menu 🙁
    This is Australia, and I think they can add few more menus such as vegetarian ramen, or something.

    My friend did tell that the price was little too expensive too, one ramen costs $15.00ish?
    I think $1.50 for nori sheet (seaweed sheet) is too expensive.

    I don’t know about the Taichan Ramen… is it franchise? Where can I find the shop? just for the future..

    The ramen noodle shop in Fremantle is Dosukoi, I guess. Doskoi is in Fremantle Market, near a crape shop. This is a very small place but people love the ramen there. 🙂

  10. 10 Shem said at 3:53 pm on December 22nd, 2009:

    Hey there Ume

    I tried this little place out today after reading about it on your blog. I was greeted by several friendly staff who ushered me to a quiet spot near the window. I ordered the shoyu ramen, and it was absolutely delicious. The pork was beautiful and tender, and the broth gave me a nice warm feeling. They even (for free apparently) give you an extra serving of noodles if you finish your broth! 🙂

    My wife and I watched the movie “The Ramen Girl” last night with Brittany Murphy (RIP) as it was one of her last movies. It was a tender, heartwarming movie and I recommend you see it if you haven’t already.

    Me?…I’m already thinking about my next bowl of ramen!..;-)

  11. 11 umepontarou said at 10:27 pm on December 22nd, 2009:

    Hi Shem,

    Yes they up-size the noodle for free, apparently 🙂 I saw it on their ad on one of Japanese magazines in Perth.

    I heard that they are planning to add more menus in near future, such as udon noodle (maybe), and they are trying to make ramen noodle by themselves. They sure work hard! And friendly :>

    I’ve never watched the movie “Ramen Girl”, but I definitely will. Thank you for the recommendation (>v<). I'm happy to know that many people here also like Japanese ramen noodle.

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