Review: Ramen Ya, Melbourne CBD

Review: Ramen Ya, Melbourne CBD

Ramen Ya
(03) 9654 5838
Shop 25G Melbourne GPO
350 Bourke St
Melbourne, 3000

It’s been so long since I last blogged. I really did try to keep the blogging going, but let’s just say that work came along and swallowed me up whole. (On that note, if anybody ever tells me being a teacher is easy and that we are so lucky coz we get school hols, i’ll throw a tantrum. I’ve been doing OT everyday and been back at work every Saturdays and Sundays since I got here… yes, even before school officially started! I do love the work tho. Just don’t think it’s easy.)

But I’m more on top of things now, and I managed to actually have a rest day the past weekend, though I did end up back in school on the Sunday…

There’s quite a lot of backlog to go through, some old news, some more interesting stuff and some brand new! Hope you haven’t forgotten about me!

I remember my visits to Ramen Ya. I love ramen. I really really love ramen. And I don’t mean those instant 3-minute ramen nonsense. I mean, actual ramen with its amazing noodles and broths that’s been cooking for hours. Where flavours are so intense and broths so tasty and packing a punch you go speechless after.

It’s been many years since my last visit to Japan, but I still remember the delight I felt when I downed my first bowl of ramen. And it is that delight that I am looking to recreate, to revisit. So it was with much anticipation that I stepped into Ramen Ya for the first time.

The problem, I think with Ramen Ya is that it’s been so overhyped. As with so many other food places in Melbourne these days, Ramen Ya has fallen prey to the hype crowd and I read reviews after reviews about how amazing the ramen at Ramen Ya was. I really wanted it to be good, I really did. But I think when you are hunting for something to fit into the standards set by the Japanese crowds in a place that isn’t Japan, you will eventually end up being disappointed.

And disappointed I was. To be fair, for Melbourne standards the ramen at Ramen Ya’s pretty good. Good bite, flavoursome broth and a good generous sized portion. I’ve been back a few times since always hoping to be wowed and always coming away disappointed. And I think that’s the problem. When things get hyped up, when you hear about how awesome a place is, you set the bar too high. And when you set the bar too high, the fall just becomes harder to swallow.

I should point out that Ramen Ya does offer other things other than ramen. Their bentos for example, look pretty amazing. But I didn’t try them, so I can’t tell if they were any good. Looks can be deceiving however, since as recent as yesterday I heard somebody saying it was rather disappointing. Why then are the crowds still hanging about this eatery? I’m not sure. Personally, I’ve given it enough chances. If I want ramen, I think I rather walk up a few blocks to Don Too. Between both of them, I’d take Don Too any day!

What do you think? Ramen Ya, Nay or Yay?

I have to admit though, that Ramen Ya does do one thing correctly. And that’s their green tea shake. Now that, that’s worth coming back for.

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p/s: Photos by Jimmy!


  1. i went there a few weeks ago too…at the invite of a friend who claims ramen ya to be the best in melbourne. i went with high expectations…but was not wow-ed at all. i ordered their house ramen…i dunno…just not keen about going back :P
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  2. Confusing as to why it’s still getting the clientele in, but perhaps the hype has meant that people think this is what great ramen is? Perhaps a lot of people don’t know any better? I’m no ramen expert at all so I’d probably be fooled into thinking this too!

    Green tea shake though? YES PLEASE!
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  3. There are lots of ramen joints in Australia but not many do it right. Green tea shake! I like!
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  4. I went on Saturday this week. No ramen left at 2pm. Bento only – and it was a pretty ordinary bento at that. It’s not so exciting anymore – plenty of other places to get ramen. It’s easy to find and a good location, but that’s about all.

  5. I’ve never been here, but you’re right – the bento boxes do look amazing!! I’m hungry for japanese now :)
    Heidi xo

  6. For ramen, i prefer ramenya but for bento, i’ll pick kenzan anytime! I have not been to don too yet. Yet to be known!
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  7. I like Ramen Ya. Having never been to Japan, I don’t know what a proper ramen should taste like. Ramen Ya’s charshu ramen has a nice thick broth which I like. Don Too’s ramen is totally different but equally delicious.
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  8. I think Ramen Ya’s ramen is some of the best available in the CBD. That said though, I do find the quality of the stock at times inconsistent. And then again, I’m not judging it against the ramen I’ve had in Japan, that is in another league altogether.

    I’d recommend giving it another go if you get the opportunity.

    First time I’ve read your blog and am enjoying your posts.
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    • You are right, it is indeed a different league altogether. Maybe I was too harsh. Still, I’ve been back a few times and it’s always been the same subpar experience. Oh well.

  9. Looks great! (Love ramen)
    Something to try next time I’m in Melbourne.
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