Ichi-ban Boshi, Sydney
This place has been around for as long as I remember. I used to come here after uni or during my lunch break to get my ramen fix. Now days, there are many other places to get ramen – Gumshara, Ryos, Menya to name a few and I have to say, Ichiban Boshi is probably my least favourite out of them all. I think the broth lacks a little something, a punch of flavour and taste. However, in saying that, I have come here many times for their ramen. The lines for Ichiban Boshi are ridiculously long so they must be doing something right?
I was catching up with the lovely suzchef and suggested this place. I was craving for Japanese, not ramen but for their pork katsu-don. The lines were surprisingly ok, rocked up at about 6.20pm, and within 10 minutes we were seated.
I do however like their non-ramen dishes. The pork katsu-don is one of my favourite, but then again, you can’t really get that wrong now can you? Bowl of rice topped with deep-fried pork cutlet, and egg – YUM! The pork cutlet was tender and had the right amount of fattiness, and the egg on top – perfect!
S had the wonton ramen – thin noodles with a generous serving of juicy pork and prawn wontons and choy sum. It looked a little oily though – too much chili oil!
We also shared a serving of gyoza – pork gyoza which we both loved. I love the tang of the sauce, could have easily eaten a dozen of these babies on its own – of course without the pork katsu-don! I am not that greedy!
The unagi with rice is another favourite of mine and the chicken karaage. Unfortunately, it is not a place that you can sit for hours. When and if busy, they do usher you out. Still service is quick and efficient and food is good and reasonably priced.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
500 George Street, Level 2
Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9262 7677