full disclosure: i dined as a guest of ippudo, sydney with a friend… i was compensated for my time… the opinions below are my OWN.
upon arriving at ippudo for dinner, i knew exactly what i was going to order even before i walked in.
i was craving and had to order their shrimp bun: (steamed bun with deep-friend shrimp and ippudo original sauce). i have been having dreams about this bun, and the minute it arrived i was salivating because i couldn’t wait to devour it. // my friend ordered their pork bun: (steamed bun with braised pork and ippudo original sauce).
i decided to showcase the pork bun because let’s face it – it looks ohhh so sexual.
additionally, i couldn’t resist their camembert tempura: (camembert cheese dipped in batter and deep-fried). // even as a girl who tends to avoid cheese, i will always order this dish when i visit simply because i can’t think of a better way to indulge in something so wonderfully delicious. // when you bite into this delightful morsel, you are greeted by the most incredible ooze of camembert and you reach heaven for a minute.
when it came time to order our dishes, i was drawn towards the sautéed tasmanian salmon: (salmon with maître d’ butter with an accent of japanese shiso accompanied by seasonal vegetables). // as a big lover of salmon i was excited to try this dish because i am always fascinated by the variety of ways salmon can be prepared… this salmon made me smile as it was served with the skin and the skin is my favourite part when it is done well, and ippudo knows exactly how it should be prepared.
our second dish was their barramundi saikyo yaki: (marinated with sweet saikyo miso grilled and served with wasabi sauce). // this barramundi MELTED in my mouth and the marinate was incredibly wonderful, subtle and delightful. can we just take a minute to appreciate the presentation…? everything is intrinsically placed in a deliberate position and it is almost too beautiful to eat.
when it came time to order ramen, i was a little hesitant because i’ve never ordered ramen before, like ever! – i spoke at length with the waiter about choices because i was horrifyingly under-prepared for the extensive amount of choices i had when it came to picking ramen. the first choice i made was the broth: chicken… the second choice was to remove the chicken chashu… and the third choice was to pick my toppings. after about ten minutes of discussion, i was ready to place my order.
i landed upon their tori shoyu tamago ramen with flavoured egg: (topped with
original chicken chashu, menma, leeks, naruto and nori. chicken broth blended with special bonito extract. served with medium wavy noodles). for ramen toppings, i chose: nori: (seaweed), negi: (shallots) and ajikiku: (flavoured black mushroom).