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A world-famous ramen joint just opened in Melbourne

The legendary IPPUDO ramen dining experience is here, so prepare for your sodium intake to triple.

When someone mentions ‘ramen’, chances are you think of student-budget meals that got you through some of the less glamorous periods of your life, and rightly so. Ramen was initially angled towards Japanese office workers, who were in search of a quick meal for lunch or on the way home.

Nowadays, however, ramen is an authentic and respected dining experience, much thanks to Japanese staple institution, IPPUDO. Conceived in Japan in 1985, the chain has grown steadily and now boasts hundreds of stores – six of which can be found in Australia. Sydney was first to be graced by the ramen gods in 2012, and now hosts four joints overall, while Perth has a single store. Melbourne’s first of these ramen temples opened in early 2018, hidden in the CBD’s Artemis Lane.

The menu includes starters, salads, rice dishes and desserts alongside the classic ramen variations. Though IPPUDO offers numerous ramen options, the Shiromaru Motoaji is a speciality and crowd favourite; this bowl is chocked full of creamy tonkatsu broth, secret dashi, thin straight noodles, pork loin chashu, bean sprouts, flavoured black fungus and spring onion.

A global chain and now a gourmet twist on the food of your share-house nightmares, let IPPUDO’s growing queue draw you in, and allow the quintessentially Japanese service transform your dining experience.

IPPUDO is Shop 18, Artemis Lane, QV, Lonsdale Street, and is open for business 11am-10pm Sunday-Thursday, and 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday.