I’ve mentioned before that there isn’t any good ramen restaurants in Melbourne. The only place I crave for all the time is Gumshara in Sydney. For those of you who like ramen but haven’t yet been, you’re seriously missing out. Dining here will change your way of life…it will become the ramen you always compare to but get sad that nothing else come even close.
That’s right, Gumshara is that good. The secret lies in their soup base.
You might snicker at the fact that they are located in a corner of a Chinatown food court. But I think it’s a very wise decision. For one, rent would be a lot cheaper than a standalone restaurant in the same area and when it gets busy, there’s a whole food court full of seating available. They also don’t have to hire staff to clear tables, the centre will manage all of that for them. I think it’s one of the smartest business decisions, albeit at the expensive of a good dining ambiance of course, but who cares about that when the ramen is that good? Wonder when Melbourne will start learning from their success…
When you dine at Gumshara, you must order their signature tonkotsu ramen. tonkotsu is a soup base made with pork bones and cooked for a long time to get that thick, sticky, full of marrow goodness that’s just so tasty.
I’ve been a few times already (every time I visit Sydney) but it was Yuye’s first visit. It was our last day in Sydney and We already had 2 meals that day so it was a little hard to fit in 2 big bowls of noodles but we really had to dine there before we head back to Melbourne, so we ended up just ordering 1 bowl of ramen between us. In fact, Yuye pretty much ate all of it.
We ordered the BBQ pork ramen noodles – chashu ramen ($14). Look for the ‘thick soup’ sign to make sure it’s full tonkotsu soup base. It came with a whole lot of pork but no eggs so of course Yuye had to order extra eggs to go with it at $1.50 per whole egg. It was a big bowl of noodles and now a whole lot of eggs as well. Being so thick, it was quite filling but was sooo satisfying.
If you live in Sydney, I envy you. If you don’t live in Sydney, you must travel there to eat at Gumshara. To gumshara, please open a store in Melbourne! I will be there every day, seriously.
Phone: 0410 253 180
Address: Shop 211 25-29 Dixon St Haymarket, NSW 2000 (Chinatown)
Opening Hours: Monday 11:30am-8:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am-9:00pm, Sunday 11:30am-8:30pm