How was it?
When I mention to people that I have a foodblog, the first question I will get asked is "What's your favourite restaurant?", to which I never have an answer because I can never choose just one. And then they will start telling me about some of their favourite places to eat and that I must go there for so & so or such & such. So my brother had been telling me about this little Japanese place in Haymarket called On Ramen. He said that he liked their ramen noodles the best, and he's tried a lot of ramens. So, one night I took his advice and tried it out for myself.
There's a lot of box sets, designed for on-the-go people looking for a quick and filling meal. Tonight we decided to share the Seafood Ramen Bento which consisted of the Seafood Ramen and the following:
The Seafood Ramen Bento was $18.80, which was a pretty good deal, I thought. The verdict on the ramen - the noodles were not as thick as they are in a lot of Japanese places that I've tried, they were similar in size to instant noodles - which is why my brother probably loved them! Lol. However, I prefer mine to be fatter. The broth was not too heavy and the serving was generous. The accompanying items in the bento set were Ok. The only problem was that everything was covered in mayonnaise, and I am normally a huge fan of Japanese mayo, but this was just too much. I didn't like the fact that it was just there for decoration, rather than to please the palate.
We also ordered two side dishes. The spicy meatballs were a little bit strange and chewy at first, but after another bite they were quite enjoyable. But again, they sprayed mayo all over the meatballs, which was completely unnecessary. I would've preferred either a chilli sauce, curry sauce or even soy sauce, or even better - nothing at all! The yaki wagyu beef skewers had that lovely char-grilled flavour, the sauce was sweet and complemented the beef well.
The restaurant is pretty quiet, we were the only diners there and they were closing up early and were just waiting for us to finish. They turned off all their lights in the kitchen and were sitting on a table with their bags waiting for us to finish! Needless to say, it was a little bit awkward. But I guess, no one is really happy when you walk in for a late dinner? Oh well.
I thought that the serving sizes were generous, the food was average considering all the wonderful Japanese eateries we have around town. But it's definitely value for money, just don't show up 45 minutes before closing time!
Shop 4, 181-187 Hay St,
Haymarket NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9211 6663