Warm your belly (and soul) with a bowl of ramen
As the weather cools down, cravings for warming food well and truly ramp up. One dish that always hits the spot in winter is ramen. Whether you love a traditional tonkotsu broth or you're all about piling on all the trimmings, we've created a guide to where you can get ramen in Newcastle.
After working in Japanese restaurants for years, Yuki Doi finally decided to open her own in 2022. The result is Menya Makoto, an authentic Japanese joint full of family recipes that will have you coming back time and time again. Try the Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen for an extra kick of chilli.
Where: Ground Floor, 301 Hunter St, Newcastle
A staple of Japanese cuisine in Newcastle for more than 30 years, Kitami is a hole in the wall spot in Carrington. Try its extensive range of ramen, udon, gyoza, donburi, curries, tempura and more at its Carrington location, takeaway or delivered to your house.
Where: 53 Young St, Carrington
Sushi Revolution Hamilton
While the sushi train at Sushi Revolution Hamilton might be the star of the show, don’t miss its range of ramen. Customise your ramen by choosing from tonkotsu, miso or shoyu broth as the base of either Katsu, Chasu or Seafood ramen, and start slurping.
Where: 93 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Hokkaiya serves up ramen, udon, donburi and more traditional Japanese dishes in its intimate Beaumont St space. Owners Cassie and Evan are committed to using the best ingredients and culinary techniques to deliver authentic ramen, slow cooking their pork for six hours to make a richly-flavoured broth.
Where: Shop 2/22 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Mizumi is bringing traditional ramen to Lake Macquarie, and the locals are lapping it up. With five types of ramen to choose from and add ons like chicken katsu and vege tempura, you can customise your noodles to suit your tastes. Wash it all down with Mizumi’s selection of Japanese beers.
Where: 2/58 The Boulevarde, Toronto
Sushi Castle offers four types of ramen on its extensive menu of Japanese and Korean favourites, perfect for warming up on a cold night. There’s also plenty of side dishes to complement your ramen, like okonomiyaki, inari, miso soup and gyoza.
Where: 6/12-17 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
Brought to you by the team behind much-loved Japanese restaurant Nagisa and Ape Yakitori Bar, Susuru is all about traditional ramen and gyoza with a modern twist. Think dishes like Wagyu Cheese Gyoza and Truffle Shoyu Ramen. Susuru has plenty of vegan options too, which can be hard to find for ramen-lovers.
Where: 140 King St, Newcastle
Need a ramen pick-me-up in the heart of the city? Sushinet may be known for its sushi, but the Hunter Street restaurant offers ramen too. Currently, Sushinet has a Korean-Style and a Seafood Ramen, both of which can be made mild or spicy.
Where: 65 Hunter St, Newcastle
Drop into Cafe Inu for Japanese-inspired breakfast and lunch eats in a huge warehouse space in Carrington. Its ramen lunch special includes shredded chicken loins, poached egg, shallots, red ginger, dried chilli and baby spinach for a modern twist on a classic.
Where: 43 Denison St, Carrington
Sushi for You
Sushi for You is something of a local secret in New Lambton. Don’t be fooled by the name – this restaurant serves up an array of Japanese cuisine, including ramen. With five varieties, including Curry Ramen, and plenty of add ons (think deep-fried prawns and chashu pork), Sushi for You has ramen for any taste.
Where: 1 Alma Rd, New Lambton