And it is good. It's probably my fave lunch at the moment. Although I know it's not for everyone.
So it's housed in this small room. Big groups will struggle to be seated I think but it doesn't feel too cramped. Both times I went with a girlfriend and whilst the tables are quite close together and conversations can be overheard, I didn't feel squished or in the way or vulnerable to bowls of hot soup being spilled on me by passing wait staff.
Both times the room was already full of diners and had to wait a minute or so for someone to vacate their table. I bet this wait time will increase considerably as it becomes more popular.
The time we waited a smidgen longer we were given menus and our order taken so it meant a quicker turnaround. Efficiency at its best. Talking of the menu, it's not the widest and main courses are really all about ramen so if you don't want ramen then you probably want to go elsewhere.
So let's deconstruct the elements. Firstly, we taste the broth. It's not a clear broth; I will be honest to say there is fat in the broth which put off one of my dining companions but excited the other as fat means flavour and authentic like in Japan. Taste wise it's really savoury and hits that umami high. None of that weird sweetness I dislike. So tick for the broth in my book although seeing the fat puts me off a little as I like to kid myself that soup noodles is relatively healthy and this well, challenges that thought!
Next noodles; these are noodles done well. I liked the chew and the springiness of the ramen. And I felt there was a decent amount.
And then the periphery items; the pork slices were tender. Nothing wrong with them but nothing particularly great either. The bamboo shoots were good and I can say that because I usually leave them out as they taste funny too me. These ones were salty and I liked the texture. The egg is great. It's kind of semi gooey and the egg white is seasoned; must be marinaded in soy so it's better than just plain egg.
Little Ramen Bar is my fave ramen place. It's better value than Nama Nama's udon. I prefer the broth over Ramen Ya's version. It's pricier than pho on Victoria Street but we are talking CBD location and Japanese is usually pricier than Viet so I can accept that. I've not tried Ajisen to make a fully informed choice but for now Little Ramen Bar makes me happy.