There may be fewer things more pleasing than a bowl of ramen. Especially if it comes from Daikoku, where the servings are large and the prices are very, very low. The difference between Daikoku and other, grungier noodle houses, however, is that Daikoku is beautifully designed, so you don’t feel like you might catch something.
Noodle experts will be familiar with Daikoku Ramen at Britomart, which has been on its back street for a decade or more: they’ve recently opened a slightly nicer joint on Victoria St, which has a similar Mondrianish interior but is, obviously, less battered. It’s a cave-like, atmospheric space; we particularly like the tatami room.
Recently, we ate a bowl of shio ramen, noodles in a chicken-based broth ($8.80) with an extra of corn: the stock was perfectly salty, the roasted pork was tender and the noodles were firm. In short, it was possibly the best ramen to be had in Auckland right now. Sides are a must: we recommend the agedashi tofu and the natto, preserved soy beans which go brilliantly with rice and soy sauce. SFG
HOURS 12pm to 1am, seven days.
ADDRESS 25 Victoria St West, ph 309-0110. www.daikoku.co.nz