I heart IPPUDO

Since my Japan trip, I have forever been chasing a close imitation, ANYTHING to mimic the food (especially the ramen) that I had while I was there. I had heard about Ippudo from my sister and cousin who told me that in the New York store had a waiting time of up to three hours! Lucky for me there was one coming to Sydney so I didn’t have to travel so far and hopefully wouldn’t have to wait as long.

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Ippudo pork bun – steamed bun with braised pork and IPPUDO original sauce ($4.00 each). Ok I haven’t tried the world famous Momofuku pork buns but I was utterly blown away but the softness of the bun (I kept patting it like a new born’s bottom) and they were SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!

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IPPUDO Gyoza Hakata style pan fried dumplings ($6.00 5 pcs). Crispy yummy dumplings.

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I love it when the broth is so thick you can’t see the bottom of the spoon. These were amazing and I drank every last drop! After waiting a long time to get in (thanks for pre-waiting in line for us guys!), it doesn’t take long to decide what you want and receiving your order. The only thing I could fault was that there was not enough pork but that is just me being greedy.

We chose a range of ramens

Shiromaru MotoajiIPPUDO original tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles, pork loin, cabbage, black mushroom and shallots. Classic Hakata-style ramen ($15.00).

Akamaru Shinaji – IPPUDO original tonkotsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, pork belly, black mushroom and shallots. A refined, modern style ramen ($16.00).

Karaka men IPPUDO original tonkotsu broth with special spicy miso and ground pork ($17.00).

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Conclusion: not a hype, very delicious, very fast and very addictive. It saddens me to write this post and not be eating ramen. 

Venue: Ippudo

Address: Level 5 Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9573 0011

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The Elk and Pea Eating House

——-02/02/2013——-

I wanted to get my car cleaned at Waves and I wanted to eat at Elk and Pea, so to kill two peacocks with one stone, we dropped my car off and headed towards the eat house. thought it was just a small cafe with outdoor seating but when we walked inside, the restaurant was a lot deeper with unique decorations.

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Bacon and egg roll fried egg and bacon on a toasted bun and barbecue sauce ($10.00). Yes, I know, it is nothing special but this is what Timmy felt like. He claimed that there was “too much bacon”, which I thought was impossible but I didn’t mind because he would share the excess with me.

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Smashed avocado and thyme butter shrooms marinated feta, torn basil, poached egg on sourdough ($17.00). It is very unlike me to order a vegetarian brunch but it combined a few of my favourite things on a generously butter smothered sourdough.

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They’re not kidding, there are elks 

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and pea(cocks).

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This seems like the place to go to catch up with friends or there is a table where everyone seems to be ignoring the other person with a very big newspaper if that’s your thing. I would like to come back and try their lunch/dinner menu.

Venue: The Elk and Pea Eating House

Address: 21 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT

Phone: (02) 61620222

Website: http://elkandpea.com.au/

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