It had been a long time, way too long since I’d last had a big bowl of beautiful ramen. In recent years, I’ve enjoyed the chilli chicken ramen from Wagamamas when I’d needed a fix, but I felt like venturing somewhere new and on a friend’s suggestion we decided to meet at Banzai Matsu Sushi in Leederville for their ramen which she told me, from her experience, was great.
Well I wouldn’t say no to that. Banzai is a fairly simple restaurant, but they’ve done a nice job of making the basic table and chair arrangement very welcoming.
Particularly with the eclectic collection of Japanese pictures on the walls and the dainty origami birds that are placed near each pair of chopsticks on the table. It was all very cute.
Now I looked through the menu and it was fairly extensive – sushi, udon noodle dishes and then where my attention was focused, on the ramen options. I was told that the Gyoza Ramen ($14.50), Steamed Gyoza in Ramen noodles soup was amazing so I ordered that while Miss P decided, that since she was already a gyoza ramen fan, that she would try something different and ordered the Kar-age Ramen ($15.50), Kara-age chicken pieces in Ramen noodles soup.
They are licensed and had a few choices available, so I sipped on a glass of white, while we waited for our meals to arrive. It didn’t take too long and soon enough we were presented with very generously large bowls filled with steaming soup, an abundance of noodles and a stack of vegies. Then neatly plated on the side were 5 delicious gyoza, with their own little dipping sauce.
Now I’m fairly sure that I was supposed to put the gyoza in my soup, but as it turned out they were just so tasty by themselves that I ended up working my way through those on their own. Plenty of flavour and a nice crispy edge on them, definitely some of the nicest I”d had. And the ramen itself was also really delicious. I tried to put a respectable dent in the noodles, but they just seemed to never reduce in volume, despite my best efforts. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a serve of ramen now that I think about it. But I did my best and I loved what I got through.
And across the table, was Miss P happy with her Kar-age Ramen? She was :) Just as lovely I’m told.
So it was only a relatively short visit to Banzai, but I’m sold. It’s close to home, prices are reasonable and I’ve no doubt that I’ll be heading back again soon :)