Shizuku may be the hippest ramen joint in Melbourne. Containing only 10 tables and boasting a large selection of craft beers , Shizuku’s menu contains tasty nibbles to order alongside drinks and a pretty impressive ramen selection. We arrived at lunchtime on a weekday and managed to instantly find a seat by the window and the out-of-commission pachinko machine. During lunchtime, Shizuku offers a rotational lunchtime special from $10. Komatsuna Shio Ramen, Gyoza and pickles for a tenner seemed like too good of a deal so I ordered one. J opted for the thicker Spicy Tonkotsu Miso Ramen.
The gyoza were perfectly fried, concealing a juicy, meaty pocket of flavour. Dipped in the soy and sesame sauce provided, these juicy little morsels did not last long.
The Komatsuna Shio Ramen arrived steaming hot with a large slice of marinated pork belly, choy sum, bamboo, nori and spring onions. The egg was perfectly goopy – just have a look at that shiny yolk! The broth was a hakata sea salt based soup which was delightfully light for a lunchtime ramen. Overall, this was a very good bowl of ramen and the noodles offered a perfect amount of gnaw to get my teeth through Shinzuku’s fresh, springy noodles.
The spicy miso tonkotsu offers a warming, opaque broth with all the expected trimmings. In the corner, an elegant spoonful of the hot stuff is provided to mix in at your leisure. You get an extra couple of slices of charshu which is great if you, like me, are the kind of person who tries to get the widest variety of different foods in your mouth at the same time.
The perfectly-chewy noodles and a delightfully gooey egg were consistent across both bowls, but the miso hit was pretty strong with this one so opt for the regular tonkotsu if you’re not a big fan.
Located in Victoria st, Richmond, Shizuku, hidden among the 100’s of pho watering holes stands out as one of the only ramen places in the area. I liked Shizuku a lot, the menu was one of the more innovative ones I have seen in ramen places.