Re: Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, Melbourne

Another little visit to Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, although I fear that things have taken a turn for the worse in terms of service and food. I took my cousins who were visiting from home here after I freaked them out at the Night Noodle Markets with the manic crowds and inflationary pricing. Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen still offers a spacious and comfortable venue, which is a real asset on a busy Saturday night like this. However, the staff member and host seemed to be having a terrible shift, as we were really poorly attended to over the course of our service. It started off that way with a wait and heavily reluctant showing in to the special seated dining side of the restaurant.

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They don’t seem to issue menus (food or drink) any more, which is a shame as it makes ordering that little bit more difficult for the uninitiated. My poor aunt asked about the specials and was responded to with a sour look and sarcastic answer from the same guy. Really not sure what the issue was but friendliness and charm were in zero supply this evening. We had Karage chicken ($10) and Renkon chips ($6) to start and the chicken was good, but the renkon chips were lacking crunch in being soggy.

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The ramen didn’t arrive long after and my main was the Black garlic tonkotsu ($17) and this was fair, but not quite as good as the Hakata Gensuke one and priced higher as well. You get two meat slices, but it tasted a bit dry on this occasion. I did quite fancy my previous two visits to Ikkoryu Fukuoka but now feel disenchanted with the overall offering, especially when there’s plenty of other options in town.

6/10

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