I’ve decided to start a new ‘theme’ of post, based on TIFFIN’S lunch time adventures. Here’s the first one.
I spend most of my lunch breaks sitting at my desk, working my way through an endless pile of emails and something I’ve brought from home. Occasionally though, I get to throw off the shackles and one such opportunity presented itself when I caught up with my friend and committed TIFFIN reader and commenter, Shannan.
We hiked up to the no man’s land between the city and valley to Taro’s Ramen & Cafe, at the base of a nondescript government building. The shop itself is taken up by the counter and kitchen so you eat outside on the veranda or in the little courtyard beside. Ramen is a Japanese dish that basically comprises a variety of broth bases, additional meat and vege toppings and the all important noodles. There’s a big choice on the menu and whilst they all sound pretty much the same, they look completely different when they arrive. It’s like a lunch lucky dip for under $15.
I opted the for Shio Ramen, a miso based broth and Shannan, the Fire Tonkatsu Ramen in a pork based broth. The Ramen is freshly prepared and delivered to your table in steaming bowls with little accompaniments such as chilli, spring onions and sesame seeds. It’s more than enough for a large lunch and there is something deliciously satisfying about the broth. Oh hang on, I know what it is – Umami. Mmmm Umami….. Both of us enjoyed our Ramen although we also thought it a little salty but not enough to put us off finishing our lunch.
There’s a range of sides available at lunch such as Endamame or Karage Chicken as well as some wacky cafe options including a crumbed fish sandwich and even a Chiko Roll (still made in Australia apparently – sign up for their newsletter). So if you go with a fussy friend, there will be something for them too.
Taro’s Ramen & Cafe
363 Adelaide St
Brisbane Qld 4000
Visited: Friday 24th September 2011 – Lunch Service