Forget convenience store pies and greasy fried chicken. A famous chain of South Korean ramen stores called Menya Sandaime has opened its flagship Australian store on Russell Street in the city – and late night eating will never be the same again.
According to Broadsheet, the restaurant only seats 38 people at a time, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find a table when you roll in there after a night of CBD drinking and dancing at 3am. The menu boasts six types of ramen including the house special tsukemen, featuring a special seafood sauce and thick, chewy noodles. There’s also a cold ramen with jumbo shrimps, chicken-flavoured broth and white sesame paste – but do you really want to eat cold soup in the dead of Melbourne’s winter?
For the health conscious consumer there’s a non-oily option, but chances are you’ll want to order the extra pork belly or marinated eggs – not to mention night-time-only options like karaage and gyzoa – if you’re heading there at an ungodly hour. Authenticity is the name of the game here, with their signature broths brewed for at least 24 hours before being served in a setting reminiscent of a Tokyo izakaya.
Menya Sandaime is at 225 Russell Street, near Chinatown and QV.
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