Hikaru Ramen & Japanese Food is a new ramen noodle house located on St Georges Terrace right next to the St Martins Tower. I was recommended to try this place by a PFEs follower on Facebook. (Thanks for the recommendation as I really like this place! Been here three times now!)
As the restaurant name suggests, it’s main attraction is the ramen! They do however still sell other Japanese food such as the donburi, sashimi, sushi and salads. I believe there are two other Hikarus scattered around the city, one on Barrack St, and the other in Brookfield Place, focusing either on sushi or Japanese meals. I’m happy with this Hikaru which is more about the ramen, 9 varieties to choose from.
Other Japanese food can be found on display at the counter. The sushi varieties look great too!
On my first visit, I had the Karaage Chicken Ramen in Tonkotsu soup ($10.90) while my friend ordered the Pork Rib Ramen in Shio Soup ($12.90).
My first impression of this dish was not that great due to the chicken’s blandness and thick batter. I like the ramen noodle soup itself though, the broth was flavorsome and noodles ‘al-dente’. I also like how they serve the fried chicken on a separate plate so that they wouldn’t go soggy. Plus for the thought!
My friend liked her Pork Rib Ramen in Shio soup!
On my second visit, I ordered the Chashu Pork Ramen in Tonkotsu soup ($11.90). This was delicious, with the melt in the mouth pork belly and flavorsome tonkotsu broth topped with a slightly runny egg. Love it, and especially great on a cold day!
On my latest visit, I decided to get the Karaage Chicken Ramen in Tonkotsu soup again as I was craving something crunchy :p I noticed an improvement to the chicken straightaway, the batter was less thick and it tasted more flavorsome. The chicken pieces however were still chunky in size so the marinate did not get through into the middle part making this part still quite bland. I like the addition of black sesame seed and bean sprouts in the noodle soup! Another improvement!
While sitting on the bench, I noticed that Hikaru offer a free Kaedama (an additional order of noodle) per ramen for dine-in customers. Great for those who want an extra portion! Hikaru also offer a deal where you can eat free on your birthday when you friend(s) buy at least one full priced meal. Now what am I doing for my birthday this year! :p
Great Japanese Ramen discovery thanks once again to one of our readers. Will definitely be back for more in the future!