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If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m something of a ramen-lover. So when I found myself in Brisbane on a work trip, with a solo dinner on the cards, I Googled “best ramen in Brisbane” and came across Taro. One Urbanspoon entry even rated it as possibly the best in the world. I was hooked.
A 10-minute walk later, after prudently steering away from the dark alleyway in which Google Maps insisted that the restaurant was located, I finally found the restaurant at the bottom of Boeing House. Taro’s is a simple place, with pre-payment required at the counter. There is a scattering of tables in an inner courtyard as well as on the terrace next to the street. Despite it being prime dinner time, most of the tables are empty. I suspect it’s more of a lunch place.
A short while later, my spicy tonkatsu arrives. As I always do, the first thing I do is take a big slurp of the broth – after all, that’s what noodle soups like ramen and laksa are all about. The broth is well seasoned and doesn’t have a hint of MSG. The noodles are springy and at just the right consistency. And the chashu is melt in your mouth tender, with non of the super-fatty bits that can usually be found in a ramen bowl. The onsen egg, always my favourite part, is also perfectly done.
All in all, it was a pretty good bowl of noodles; but was it the best I’ve ever had? No, I think that honour still sits with Ryo’s in Sydney, although it’s on my bucket list to hit the ramen-yas in Japan.
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At $15.90, I found my bowl of ramen to be very expensive, especially when compared to Sydney prices. But then again, I find that most restaurants in Brisbane are expensive compared to Sydney.
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