Ramen Takara, Browns Bay

Ramen Takara is my current favorite place for, well, ramen of course, as well as many of its other delicious Japanese dishes on the menu. With two outlets, one in Browns Bay and one in Ponsonby, this Japanese eatery is all about fresh local ingredients, flavors and wonderful service.

The interior is cheerful, contemporary and spacious enough to push a stroller through, a far cry from the typical food court atmosphere often association with Japanese noodle bowls, and rightly so - for the bowls of ramen at Ramen Takara is far from simple. Noodles are made on-site everyday using only quality New Zealand flour, fresh local eggs, salt and water, and the delicate broth that comes with it is prepared every morning and left simmering for over three hours.

There is an impressive selection of ramen on the menu here, but there are many other notable items as well. I've tried the Tonkatsu ramen packed with chāshū pork, egg, bok choy, spring onion, bamboo shoots, ginger and mustard leaves and each slurping mouthful of noodles was soft and silky, and full of savory, meaty flavor. The Husband's Yakisoba was also delicious and incredibly more-ish, with the same silky consistency and filled with tasty pork belly and cabbage, and garnished with Bonito flakes and mayo. 

Other standouts we've had here are the Crispy Karaage Chicken, which was well-seasonsed, crispy, delicious and surprisingly light, the Pork Gyoza - crispy on the outside and filled with juicy, tasty meat on the inside, as well as the Pork Belly Spring Rolls, which were some of the best spring rolls I've ever had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into.

There is also a Children's menu here, from which we ordered a portion of Chicken Teriyaki for the boys to share. It was well-presented, but the chicken was a little dry, and the meal was perhaps more suited to older kids who can sit at a table on their own than toddlers swinging their legs in high chairs. Our boys much preferred the delicious noodles they could grab with their fingers. ;)

I have to also commend Ramen Takara for being one of the more family-friendly dining establishments around. The waitresses were patient and helpful with our children, there are crayons and paper for coloring, ample room for strollers, and we spotted a number of highchairs in the corner of the restaurant which is always a good sign. 

4 Anzac Road, 
Browns Bay, Auckland
Tel: +64 (9) 476 6041


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