Ramen with White Bone soup - Ishikai
Ramen with White Bone soup, part of Tonkatsu Ramen - Ishikai AUD8.90
Another new Japanese cafe on Russell St, where The Fresh Stop HK Cafe used to be. A bit brash to open right next door to Teppan San, another Japanese cafe.
Initial observations indicate a Taiwanese-run place. At least they use the kind of ramen I like! :)
I got the Tonkatsu Ramen with White Bone soup. The "white bone soup" was a poor imitation of the Kyushu-style tonkotsu soup, made with pork bones, and milky white from the emulsification of the fats. The best specimen in Melbourne is probably Tonkotsu Ramen at Momotaro Rahmen. Still, the soup was passable. The other soup options were miso, or "udon", which presumably means a clear broth.
Serving the crisp tender pork chop on the side was a good idea, that is also typical of other Taiwanese shops.
Shanny's Katsu Curry Don looks like it needed more curry sauce though. And Boon Chew's Katsu Don seemed like it was trying to preserve the crunch of the pork chops, rather than serve it the traditional way half-buried in silky scrambled eggs. Isabel, got the same as mine.
Just as well we all got the tonkatsu pork chop. It was more or less a hit!
The decor was rather interesting too. I spotted row of a splatter-shields being used as a sort of divider / ornament. Not a bad effect. See if you can spot it!
Ishikai Japanese Cafe
177 Russell St Melbourne 3000
(03) 9663 6555