Ramen Restaurants

Posted July 3rd, 2009 in Eat Out in Perth - Japanese Food - 23 Comments »

Although I’m not a big fan of ramen noodle, I sometimes feel like eating them in this cold weather.  Ramen soup is usually pork, chicken or vegetable stock based and very tasty.  On the other hand, fish stock is used for udon and soba noodle soup.

Because animal stock is used for ramen soup, it is bit oily and that gives the soup tasty flavor.  There are thousands of ramen restaurants across Japan and each has their original recipe for the

Here in Perth has few ramen restaurants owned by Japanese.  I’m not sure if they make soup by themselves though.

Banzai Sushi & Noodle Bar
741 Newcastle Street Leederville WA 6007

Kai Japanese Dining & Takeaway
Shop4, 110 Parry Ave Bullcreek WA 6149

Stall7, Fremantle Market Fremantle WA 6160

Has anyone been to any of those restaurants?

I think it’s interesting that those restaurants have quite unique ramen menu.  I’ve never seen Fried Chicken Ramen or Gyoza Ramen in Japan :p  Fried Chicken Ramen has Karaage (Japanese style fried chicken) on ramen noodle, and Gyoza Ramen has deep-fried dumplings on ramen noodle.  Dosukoi’s simple Ramen is $6.50, it’s pretty cheap.  Kai Japanese just opened few months ago, and the owner used run another Japanese restaurant in Subiaco. (popular one)  At Banzai, you can enjoy ramen noodle with ranges of Japanese liquir such as chu-hi.  (white peach is my favorite)

If you want to enjoy other Japanese noodle menu, I recommend …

Ramen & Udon @ Taka’s Kitchen Shafto Lane, Perth
(Ramen noodle available only after 5pm on weekdays, and all day Saturday)

Udon @ Ohnamiya, Applecross

Udon @ Oceans, Fremantle

Udon @ Jaws restaurants, Perth

Udon @ Ninniku Jip, Victoria Park

Udon @ Sado Japanese, Claremont

23 Comments on “Ramen Restaurants”

  1. 1 PJ said at 10:37 am on January 9th, 2010:

    We love Dotsuki and try to go at least once a month (as we don’t live around the area). His char-siu ramen is lovely and my favourite is the negi ramen.

    We’ve tried another place in the city (Nao) but it wasn’t as good.

    If you like kushiyaki, Jun is the other place we go to as well. The buta kakuni is so naughty 😉

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 9:42 pm on January 9th, 2010:

    Some people only know Nao and Banzai as ramen noodle restaurant in Perth, but Dosukoi is very popular and packed with many people every day.

    There will be a new kushiyaki restaurant in Perth sometime soon, and the name is “Tenkadori”. I want to try there when it opens 🙂

  3. 3 Kagemusha said at 11:37 am on January 20th, 2010:

    Tenkadori is now being fitted out and the liquor licence application is in the window. Not sure of the number (all online maps are out of date) but is opposite Baskin Robbins on Hay Street Subiaco in the new iiNet building just before Roberts Road if you are heading west (which you have to as it is a one way street 🙂 If you know where Medicare and Ess Bar are and the 24hr Deli, you will find Tenkadori (天下鳥). I know this blog entry is old, but there is another new Ramen shop on Roe Street just next the China Town Gate, back from William Street, I have not eaten there but my Japanese friends said it was average. I lived in Fukuoka for almost 2 years, so, in reality, it will never be as good as there, but there are awesome places to find authentic Japanese food in Perth.

  4. 4 Kagemusha said at 11:42 am on January 20th, 2010:

    I forgot to mention, Shimizu Grand in Floreat is good, I spoke to the Head Chef (I think his name was Nao), I have been 3 times for the buffet menu and the price versus food was great, even my Japanese friends like it, and that is saying something, it is difficult to impress Japanese with Japanese food outside of Japan 🙂 I know it is not Ramen, but it is a good buffet.

  5. 5 umepontarou said at 12:15 pm on January 20th, 2010:

    Hi Kagemusha,

    I think the one on Roe st is “Arigataya”, a ramen noodle shop owned by Japanese people. You lived in Fukuoka, a super famous city for ramen noodle in Japan, so I’m sure you know what ramen noodle should taste and maybe you can’t compare it with Perth’s. :p

    I like Shimizu Floreat too, including the atmosphere. I’ve been there several times and I still want to go back there again. It’s buffet, so if you want to relax and enjoy dining with friends it’s a nice place to go to 🙂

    Thanks for the details of Tenkadori.

  6. 6 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 10:04 pm on January 21st, 2010:

    Hello Ume-chan, I have the number of the building that Tenkadori is in..(I walk past it everyday, I live very close to it) the number of the new iiNet / Mirvac building is 502 Hay Street Subiaco. Opposite Subiaco Village, as I mentioned before (Medicare, Ess Bar, FAB Burgers etc)

  7. 7 umepontarou said at 11:50 am on January 22nd, 2010:

    Hi kagemusha,

    I won’t get lost on the way Tenkadori thanks to you!
    Arigato~ ♪

  8. 8 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 3:58 pm on January 23rd, 2010:

    No problem, maybe I gave too much detail ? 🙂
    ところで….do you have any suggestions for 自家製 mentsuyu ?

  9. 9 PJ said at 6:24 pm on January 23rd, 2010:

    Ooer will have to find some time to try that place in Subi.

    I had a craving for sashimi the other day and couldn’t think of a good place to go to.

  10. 10 umepontarou said at 12:24 pm on January 24th, 2010:


    I’m not sure if Tenkadori is already open though. I heard that they will open around the end of this month?
    If you live around there you can check if they are open before planning a dinner with someone 🙂

  11. 11 umepontarou said at 12:57 pm on January 24th, 2010:


    Hey sorry I didn’t give you the recipe for “tsuyu”. You left a message at “About” page too, right?

    I normally make it myself, but I’ve never measure the ingredient.. Yesterday I made Tempura and I measured the ingredient. Tsuyu for Tempura is pretty similar to mentsuyu.

    50 ml soy sauce
    50 ml mirin
    200 ml water
    10 g katsuo-bushi (bonito flakes)

    * mix all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 2 minutes. let it cool down, and remove the katsuo-bushi.

    You can keep this for 2 days in the fridge.

    50 ml mirin
    50 ml soy sauce
    200 ml water
    2.5cm konbu (dried seaweed)
    1 pinch katsuo-bushi

    * Place mirin in a sauce pan and bring to the boil. Add soy sauce, water and konbu. Once it boils, add katsuo-bushi and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool down. Once it’s cool, strain the soup through a collander.

    ENJOY ^^

  12. 12 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 3:37 pm on January 24th, 2010:

    Thanks for the recipe, it is similar to what I was doing, I will add it to my cooking notes 🙂

    I will keep you all posted on 天下鳥, I walk past it everyday, I doubt it will be open in the next week, they are still painting and fitting out the interior, in fact, I doubt they will be open before I go to Japan (5th Feb), I will let you know.

    I have just been watching the sun go down in Tokyo, this webcam is cool because you can hear the sound also…right now there is some kind of event on nearby as I can hear the MC and the music, this place is not far from Odaiba, Toyosu Station is just behind the buildings you can see.
    I have some other webcam links, but this one is cool..

    Hope you guys enjoy the link 🙂

  13. 13 umepontarou said at 1:44 pm on January 25th, 2010:


    I’ve actually never watched the webcam, but it’s cool!
    It’s nice that you can see and hear what’s happening in another country: especially the place where you used to live 🙂

    You said you lived in Fukuoka, and now you are flying to Tokyo. On business, or??

  14. 14 umepontarou said at 1:48 pm on January 25th, 2010:

    By the way, your photos look amazing!

  15. 15 H said at 9:01 pm on February 9th, 2010:

    Tenkadori had their opening on Monday (8th Feb). My friend said it was really nice ^^~ i hope i’ll try it out real soon!!

    Just keep in mind Tenkadori doesnt open on mondays 😀

  16. 16 umepontarou said at 4:33 pm on February 10th, 2010:


    Thanks for the info! I heard that they are opening for lunch at the moment until they get liquor licence. Then, they will open for dinner as Yakitori shop.

    I can’t wait!! 🙂

  17. 17 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 3:04 pm on February 16th, 2010:

    Just got back from Japan yesterday, drove past Tenkadori today, saw they were open, dropped in to check it out and grab a menu.
    You can see the menu here (I scanned it) click on the picture to make it larger :
    (There is no Yakitori available yet)
    This is their takeaway menu and the only menu as mentioned until the go “Full Yakitori”.
    I asked the staff when that would be and they said they did not know. I asked whether the 炭 “sumi” (charcoal) would be from Bamboo, but it will not be.
    There are 60 天下鳥 stores in Japan, I walked past one in Yokosuka on Thursday, but did not go in. The Subi store is the first outside Japan. They have a webpage, but is only a map and some info, no menu… http://www.tenkadori.com.au
    The restaraunt is small, I imagine there will be a line some nights in the future and unfortunately there is nowhere to sit along the counter in front of the cook 🙁
    I ate the Combination Chicken Teriyaki and Tatsuta (karage) ($14) It tasted nice and was authentic but for some reason karage is always much smaller in Australia 🙁
    The staff are nice and all Japanese except for one, they shout “Irasshai mase” when you walk in just like Japan which was cool. The Boss (店長Tencho) name is Taka, he looked cool but I did not get a chance to talk to him.
    I hope they do well and I will be back again soon (especially seeing as I can walk there)
    The prices are not too bad so far, but will wait and see what the Yakitori costs, I was really hoping for some “Negima” today…next time hopefully…:)

  18. 18 umepontarou said at 6:44 pm on February 16th, 2010:

    Welcome back! 🙂

    Thanks for all the info. I actually didn’t know Tenkadori has 60 stores in Japan!

    I really LOVE their menu. Different from typical Japanese restaurant in Perth.

    I was planning to go to Tenkadori this Thu, but they won’t do Yakitori until the end of Feb. I will wait and go there after they put it on their menu.

    I can’t wait~~ . I know the owner, (though I didn’t know his name was “Taka”)

    Is this a quite small restaurant with chairs and tables? Would you say this place could be for girls having drinks and food while chatting?

  19. 19 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 7:11 pm on February 16th, 2010:

    Maybe Taka-san is not the ‘owner’ but he looked like he was the boss of the store (店長)(ie. Was not cooking, just smiling and saying welcome etc) The head chef had an anglo name badge “Denny” but he was Japanese, they all smiled when I said “gochisousamadeshita” and “mata(te..) kimasu…” when I left and the waitress was from Nagano and was very sweet and said “anatano nihongo jouzu desune” etc when I was ordering the meal and chatting to her.
    It may be good for a “girls night out” but the biggest tables only seat 4, unless they join them together maybe, there was a “reserved” sign on one table when I arrived, the decor is black and stainless steel, not sure how it will look at night, but I suspect if you get there early, and ask sweetly in Japanese, maybe they could make you a bigger table along the side wall. I do predict they will have “space problems” as it is quite small and I am sure it will be popular. It was busy for lunch, especially takeaway. I would definitely wait for the Yakitori and Alcohol licence, although, if you are not too busy baking Bagels and you dont live too far away, I would go for lunch and check it out. The Tenkadori in Yokosuka was a ‘proper’ Yakitori, you could sit at the counter and it had traditional decor and “faux seiza” seating etc.

    Japan was awesome, there were early Sakura and Ume, it snowed, I had an amazing time, ate so much great food and paid the great Japanese prices for great food, Australia really annoys me how expensive everything is. Had tasty Tebasaki, Negima Tsukune etc, went to Ohsho for the best Mabodofu and Gyoza in the world ! I drank some of the best Nihonshu and bought some very special Nihonshu back with me. Had Jangara Ramen in Akihabara, Went to see Nijubashi, caught the Ferry to Chiba from Kurihama and went up the ropeway to the top of Nokogiriyama and took amazing photos of Fuji-san, Yokohama Landmark Tower (69 floors) with the worlds fastest elevators (45kmh), Shinjuku and the Tokyo Shiyakusho lookout (45 floors), Bunkyo-ku lookout to Fuji-san and Shinjuku (25 floors), had some atsukan sake and kombini kara sando (Lawson) with Godzilla in Kurihama and much much more….I have so many amazing photos an videos..I am sad I had to come back…Tonkatsu Saboten, daisuki !

    Here is the link to the original Tenkadori

  20. 20 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 7:25 pm on February 16th, 2010:

    ..I forgot to mention, they had a sign saying they are only open from 11am until 6pm at the moment, so, unless you went for an early dinner, you could not have dinner Thursday anyway…and you saw the menu at the link I sent you….not really a dinner menu unless you ordered a few dishes. My dish size today was average, enough for one, but you would want a bit more, but not enough for 2. ( I shared with a friend who had just seen all my Japan photos and was hungry for Japanese food 🙂

    How is the Bagel business going ? I must order some and try them…your mentsuyu recipe was awesome, arigatou gozaimasu…

  21. 21 umepontarou said at 2:24 pm on February 18th, 2010:


    WOW… you really enjoyed the Japan trip! I think you know Japan better than me 🙂

    I wish I could go travel around Japan too. I haven’t been to Tokyo area for a long time… it must had been changed a lot!

    Yeah I think I will wait for their yakitoki menu. I don’t really mind sitting in a small table.

    I assume that you will try their yakitori before I do! You have lot of information already 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    Bagel business is just fine, not too busy but not too quiet.. So many Japanese customers compared with other nationalities 😉
    Bagelier bagels are not like Jewish, they are more like “Japanese” bagels that you see in Japan. Maybe I shouldn’t call them “bagels”? :p

  22. 22 Kagemusha 影武者 said at 1:09 pm on February 19th, 2010:

    Yes, I went to many more places too, I have not really explored Tokyo so well before, so this time I did, and I know Narita really well, so it was fun to be back there, the local people in the shops are great.

    I came back with lots of useful things from the 100en Shops that you cant buy here, stocked up on Shichimi refill packs from Fuji-supa (79en !!) Matsutake aji Soup and some cool ‘Otaku’ things from Akihabara…and a few things more, special Nihonshu…ahhh, I want to go back !

    What I meant about the ‘small tables’ was if you wanted to have a big group, you would maybe have to ring ahead and make a reservation. They are fine to sit at, but the biggest seats 4, its too bad they did not make the wall one ‘bay’ further over to make it bigger, some kind of food shop is going to be next door too, I saw an oven in there today when I walked past.
    The tables are cool, with a piece of disposable paper as a tablecloth and some Waribashi resting on a napkin when you arrive, unlike Japan, you just walk in and sit down here wherever you like.

    Many Japanese words or descriptions for things are not quite accurate to the ‘original form’, but as most of your customers are Japanese, the Bagels you bake are what they consider to be Bagels, so I wouldn’t change the name, you already explain on the Bagel page that they are not ‘soft’ Bagels, but are a Japanese style of Bagel.

  23. 23 umepontarou said at 3:54 pm on February 19th, 2010:


    I also bring Matsutake flavor osuimono from Japan every time! 🙂
    Some food, such as “hijiki”( a kind of seaweed) is not able to buy in Perth (as this item is not permitted to import for commercial purpose, but you can bring it for “personal” use)

    I’m actually flying to Japan next month, just for a short holiday. My dad & mum’s birthday is coming up (their birthday is on March) and I have something I need to do in Japan 🙂

    I hope I will have internet access there, coz my brother was saying that the internet in our house has been weird. I will need to have a look what’s wrong as all my family is not familiar with computer stuff.

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