Rating: 4 out of 5
Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney 2000
If a ramen could be judged by the size of the queue, Ichi-ban Boshi undoubtedly has a good thing going. On each of my visits, there has been a throng of hungry diners waiting for a table. Thankfully, the queue seems to move fairly quickly, especially if you’re willing to share a table with other ramen fans.
It’s a slightly odd experience coming to Ichi-ban Boshi for dinner. The restaurant is situated right at the top of the Galeries, next to Kinokuniya bookshop. In the evening, when the centre is closed, dark and quiet, it’s as though the restaurant is an oasis of light, food, and chatter. Claiming a table is a matter of jotting down how many diners are in your group on the grid provided, specify whether you are happy to share (presumably this increases your chances of getting a table sooner), then take a number and wait.
On this visit, I decided to try the wonton ramen ($13). Wontons are more familiar in Chinese cuisine, so this dish is a clever fusion of Chinese and Japanese styles. The thin, straight noodles are served in a light, shio soup, along with choy sum, seaweed, and a dollop of miso paste.
The noodles were spot on in their springiness and bite, but the absolute highlight were the triangular-shaped wontons. Each wonton was generously proportioned, with a huge hit of juicy prawns in each one. However, if seafood isn’t your thing (gotta say though, your loss!) there is a huge range of different ramen dishes to appeal to your taste buds.