[Photographs: David Straight]
Some nights, and the odd lunchtime too, we just want to eat ramen. We want a big bowl of noodles where the stock is slightly too hot and burns your mouth, and we want a piece of roast pork and noodles that are still just slightly firm. When we want this, we go to Ramen Do, and Ramen Do only.
It’s a funny wee shop, more Raffles than Tokyo, with cane seats and tables that are slightly too low. The floor is concrete and there is no beer because they don’t have a liquor licence. But this is, quite simply, the best ramen in Auckland, and we don’t say that lightly.
They make their own stock and their own noodles, and they make them fresh each day. But then, other ramen shops in Auckland do this, and the results can be so ordinary. Really, it’s because of the enormous care they take, right down to the slice of pork belly that is roasted and then – get this – grilled on both sides. We particularly love the cha-shu miso ramen, but we also love the Hokkaido, which is dark and salty, and recently we branched out and had the Gyokai ramen, which is made from shellfish and fish. They are filling, almost nutty stocks, and the noodles are perfect. We love it, and so should you. SFG
HOURS Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. Weekends 12pm to 9pm.
ADDRESS 167 Symonds Street, Newton, ph 377-1313.
IMPORTANT DETAILS No booze.