Nothing Beats Freshmade - Perth

Ramen, the five lettered word that evokes joy in my soul. Okay, that might be exaggerating, but I do love my ramen. I love Japanese food in general, as you can tell from the past three posts! My latest Japanese food obsession is Freshmade Cafe ramen. Before my first trip here, I've heard mixed reviews, some were impressed, some not so much. By those who didn't like it, I was told it was not authentic and that Nao or Dosukoi were still better. All these reviews made me want to try it even more!

Ki Tonkotsu Curry ($11.50)

We visited Freshmade on a weekday during lunch time. I was expecting a queue like the one you'd see outside of Nao. But, when we arrived, the cafe was only half full. This made me doubt my decision, but curiosity got the better of me and we sat down anyway.

Shiro Tonkotsu Shio ($11.50)

At first look of the menu, I liked how all the ramen came with half an egg and chashu and the prices were reasonable. One of the menu item that grabbed my attention was the Ki Tonkotsu Curry, yes a ramen in a curry soup! All the other ramen also looked and sounded tantalizing so you really can't go wrong with any of them.

Kuro Tonkotsu Shouyu ($11.50)

Aka Tonkotsu Spicy Miso ($11.50)

So, the positives of the ramen, they were all tasty, I loved how the noodles were a little bit curly and had a nice soft chewy texture. My favourite had to be the shiro tonkotsu shio. Initially I loved the hit of flavour in the kuro tonkotsu shouyu, but after a while it became too much! I still finished the whole bowl though! The ki tonkotsu curry ramen also didn't disappoint! The curry soup was not as intense in flavour as the normal Japanese curry, so it was lighter in flavour, but the soup is thick than normal soup, so it was very indulgent as well! The spicy miso ramen was also very tasty, but not my favourite and I don't love spicy food. Overall, I was impressed with the flavours and have to disagree with those that didn't love Freshmade. I have not had the pleasure of visiting Japan so I won't comment on Freshmade's authenticity. Someday!!

As for the sides, I only tried the gyoza which came with the kuro tonkotsu shouyu. I have to admit, it was a bit of a let down. The gyoza were deep fried which was unusual, but it didn't make it taste better, instead it made the gyoza skin dry and crumbly. The filling was also mostly vegetable, but the flavour was not amazing. Next time I'll be sticking exclusively to the ramens!

Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Overall: 7.8/10

Restaurant information

Freshmade Japanese Cafe
542 Hay Street

Freshmade (FM) Japanese Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 Disclaimer: Prices and restaurant information was true and correct on 31st Nov 2015. Prices inclusive of 10% GST.

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