Fukuryu Ramen is the latest hotspot to be slurping up bowls of mouth-watering noodle and broth in Melbourne. Despite opening three weeks ago, patrons, streaming in for a taste, stream out with positive reviews, singing praises of their experience.
Located in Chinatown, one can be forgiven for having doubtful thoughts as they descend down the laneway and up the concrete stairwell, looking almost like the setting for a tense shoot out from an action movie. These thoughts are immedicately transformed into pleasant surprise, however, as you step into the restaurant. Semi-open kitchen, spirited staff and an illuminated, visual menu of their offerings; radiates the illusion of some Japanese-department store-fresh-food-market hybrid. It's loud, but there's something heartwarming about the rowdy atmosphere and constant choruses of 'arigatou gozaimasu!'
Their signature dish is the Tonkatsu ramen; it's rich and deceivingly filling. There exists a depth to the soup that epitomises the anguish of so-good-yet-so-bad as it weighs upon the heart, as lazily as the molten yolk of the egg oozes forth. FR are also serving sides such as crispy karaage chicken, pork belly and the ubiquitous gyoza. Perhaps cut through the oilinessof the dishes with some green tea, ramune, or a bottle of Kirin cider? Or try a free green tea soft serve before the promotion ends.
Head on down to 22-26 Corrs Lane for a taste. They're currently open Monday - Saturday between 11.30 am - 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm, and by the looks of it, they'll soon be greeting you for Sunday dinner too.