Taro's Ramen Cafe
Wednesday June 2, 2010·
Here's the deal. I've never really ventured into the fine art of Ramen cuisine, but when our friend Wah told us about “the best Ramen in Brisbane”, of course we had to have a go. My verdict: supreme.
Taro's, though they have 90s suburban décor, they do make a mean noodle soup, along with sandwiches, Shabu Shabu and coffee (yeah it half feels like you're in a “western cuisine” restaurant in China). The guy who makes the Ramen is so enthusiastic, that he's even dedicated time to keeping a blog on the dish, with the no bullshit pragmatism of any dedicated follower of food fashion.
I asked Wah a few questions about Ramen and why he thinks Taro's deserve the title - as we all know, good art and good food go hand in hand.
Sarah: What is Ramen and why do you find it so delicious?
Wah: Ramen is the art of noodle and broth combine together. It's the combination of well made silky noodles and the warm thick creamy smooth taste of broth altogether whirling around in my mouth which makes it so delicious.
S: What makes a good Ramen?
W: For me a good ramen is all about the noodle and the broth, both have to be tip top to compliment each other to taste mighty damn good.
S: Where did you have your best Ramen?
W: The best ramen I had would be in Japan I'd say, but in Brisbane, in my opinion, right now is a place called Taro's Ramen Café.
S: Why do you think Taro's fills the “best Ramen in Brisbane” category?
W: Well first of all the owner brought his own noodle making machine over from Japan, so all the noodles are made in house. And the broth, don't get me started on the broth.
S: Favourite reference to Ramen in tv show/movie?
W: One of my favorite Ramen food references is from early childhood when I watched a movie called Tampopo - it was like a visual orgy feasting of food. Every time I watch it, I get so pumped about the appreciation of good food. Another good reference is The God of Cookery, a classic!