I was seated at the bar which was comfortable enough for me and I went with a pork belly bun and the beef brisket ramen with the added melted cheese. I didn't have to wait long for my food which was great.
The pork belly bun was beautifully soft with a thick slice of juicy pork belly, some fragrant coriander and spring onion to add freshness and a piquant sauce they call "bulldog". This was pretty darn good and I could have had more. At $4 each I don't think it's bad value and next time maybe I'll try the beef brisket one.
The ramen looked appealing and during the short wait for the food I saw the wooden trays of fresh ramen which looked authentic and i was bouyed with confidence that this would be good.
The noodles were springy and dense enough to be satisfying. Unfortunately the broth just lacked depth and clarity of flavour. It was all a bit muddy and really needed some help. I'm not sure what help - salt, spice, sharpness; but it needed something to lift it flavour wise. The brisket was a little dry and steeping it in the soup wasn't enough to rehydrate it. The added melted cheese was sticky and quite cloying and the whole bowl wasn't satisfyingly hot temperature wise. So sadly this bowl did not cut the mustard with me. So many areas to work on to improve it - flavour, temperature, meat. The only redeeming quality was the springy noodles. Oh and the egg was alright too.
So if I were to return I would not order ramen but maybe have a few of the buns instead. Funnily enough, when I instagrammed the ramen my friend Stef commented and asked if it was too hipster and I think she has a point. All hipster and little substance.