Culinary Trip to Sydney Part 1: Ippudo

Hey everyone,

Just a few weeks ago, I called for a self-declared-holiday from uni to relieve my stress. My friends and I decided to go to Sydney for the weekend. The trip started on a low note and ended even worse because of the problems with a very unprofessional and rude shuttle bus company, the flight delay, and the horrible weather. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the trip, especially the food!

Soon as we checked-in to the hotel and got everything sorted out, we went out to explore the city straightaway. I had to say that we were very lucky to stay not far from the Museum Railway Station as the transportation in Sydney could be really confusing for newbies. It was confusing enough when I moved from a small city, Perth, to a bigger city, Melbourne. Although they are both cities of Australia, the transportation differ very much. I’ve got to say, among the three cities I have been set my foot in Australia, the transportation in Perth is the best in terms of how it is organised, the frequency, and the very affordable fare.

Anyway, back to the Sydney trip. After wandering around for a while, we decided to go to the station to purchase a tranportation ticket. We were utterly gobsmacked by the price. A weekly pass of my multi (a ticket for both bus and train, there is also individual ticket for bus or train only) for $44 and a daily pass of $22 (ridiculous much). No words needed, we decided on the weekly pass. And off we went to Westfield Sydney.

The shopping centre is really close from St. James Station. It is filled with mostly high-end brands, even from the doorstep. I was really curious to see the food court because I saw it on Masterchef Australia Season 3. And I was not disappointed when I actually saw it myself. The food court on the 5th level is unlike any other food court in Australia. It is so spacious and grand.

I wanted to try the famous ramen at Ippudo, but we arrived pretty early, so we had to wait half an hour until it opened. So we decided to have some frozen yoghurt first. They have so many frozen yoghurt stores in Sydney. I envy that!

Froyo
Mine is the biggest one on the left. I love frozen yoghurt! Don’t judge me.

After having frozen yoghurt and walking around the shopping centre, we finally went to Ippudo. It was still a full house, although it has been an hour since lunch time. The restaurant was very noisy as the staffs shouted greetings in Japanese every time a customer walked in. It did not take us long to decide on the food, but we were approached but the staffs several times, asking whether we were ready to order. It was quite disturbing, but the ramen there was so nice that I forgot about it.

Shiromaru Motoaji
My friend had the Shiromaru Motoaji Ramen
IMG_2777
I had the Akmaru Shinaji Ramen

The broth had a really deep flavour to it. The noodles were, as the Italians would say, “al dente”. And the pork was soft and gelatinous. It was really tasty. The price was around $16, I think. It was a suitable price for a good ramen. Overall, I would recommend Ippudo if you want to enjoy a tasty ramen. But, if you want a quite place to catch up with friends, it’s probably not a really good idea. Apart from asking to take orders too many times, the staffs were polite and friendly. I would rate this restaurant 4 out of 5.

The story of my culinary trip to Sydney has not finished yet! I will be featuring a few other restaurants on my next post. Please, let me know what you think of my blog and follow me 🙂

Until next time!

Nathalie

wandereatntell’s rating: 4/5

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