“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.” ― Haruki Murakami
Ramen Misoya Sake Bar in Brunswick piqued my interest due to being one of the only ramen outlets in the northern suburbs. Offering flavourful chicken broth based ramen, Misoya’s menu is clearly intended for sipping sake alongside, with an emphasis on small bite-style eating.
We opted to sample their ramen. Misoya has options for single, double and triple ramen, in order of increasing toppings of cabbage and bean shoots. Misoya also offers additional toppings such as a soy egg or garlic and chilli oil, however, I personally uphold that condiments should be available on a ‘fire at will’ basis on the dining table, not for an additional $1 for an arbitrary dosage of garlic.
Nevertheless, I opted for the double ramen ($14) with a single dose of garlic oil and chilli (level 1- $1). Misoya responded by plonking a steamy bowl of unexpectedly spicy, complex broth. The noodles maintained their perfect chewy consistency throughout the slurp-fest – another massive tick.
Next to me, a big bowl of single ramen, with an extra of chicken karaage seemed to hit the spot.
Misoya is a viable ramen option when scratching that ramen itch in the North. Paired with a warm glass of sake on a cool Melbourne eve would be an ideal way to cure the cold.