We step into the discreet doorway with the blase confidence of a local now and ascend the lift to the first floor. We're here for lunch today and, as usual, the place is full of noodle-slurping patrons.
My dining companion orders the yakisoba, a giant platter of soba noodles stir-fried with vegetables, topped with a thin omelette and served with a side of miso.
I feel like something light and refreshing, so I elect for the tsukemen, a cold dish of ramen noodles which comes with a spicy soup on the side.
Reclining ever so elegantly on the cold noodle mountain are three slices of tender-cooked pork, so soft they fall part with ease. A boiled egg half adds a rich creaminess to the dish and the huge pile of finely shredded scallions balance the palate with a zingy freshness.
The soup has a pleasant nutty saltiness to it, and I gradually demolish my whole condiment dish of chilli and crunchy fried garlic and seaweed with cumulative mouthfuls.
Tasty, refreshing and a bargain to boot.
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Level 1, 90 Hay Street, Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 6677
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