Australia, Sydney, Sydney - CBD

Sokyo Ramen Pop Up

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Ramen lovers, please take note.  The famed one-hatted Japanese restaurant, Sokyo, has opened up a ramen  pop up store in the food court of the Star.  This pop up store will be in operation until the end of November.

Arriving here on a Saturday night, there was a long queue, but the service was efficient and quick.  However, we observed some tension between the service staff taking orders and the kitchen staff who sometimes mixed up the orders.

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Mai-San’s Fried Chicken ($9) came with a few pieces of marinated sake soy chicken karrage served with spicy mayo with a side of mixed green with yuzu dressing.  The chicken was nicely fried and well seasoned, which was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  There was a nice kick from the spiciness of the mayo to the chicken.  The mixed green vegetables added a refreshing touch to the dish.  A very enjoyable dish.

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There were four styles of ramen to choose from, and each bowl came with a nori sheet stuck to the side of the bowl, which had the name of the store imprinted.

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Kyoto Shoyu Ramen ($15) was a chicken dashi, pork backfat, soy sauce kaeshi, pork cheek chashu, marinated egg, nori, noodle soup.  The noodles were cooked perfectly in an “al dente” style. The broth was delightful, with subtle flavours of saltiness from the soy and the sweetness from the chicken dashi, with little bits of pork backfat scattered in the broth adding extra flavour.

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Gyokairui Tonkotsu Ramen ($15) was a pork, chicken & seafood dashi, pork cheek chashu, marinated egg, nori, sesame seeds, black fungus noodle soup.  The noodles were again cooked perfectly.  The broth was a bit more rich, with a nice smoky flavour adding to its complexity, but it was lighter and not as rich and heavy as the broths of tonkotsu ramens in other places.  We actually prefer the lighter broth here – with its complexity of flavours expected from a tonkotsu broth, but without the heaviness of the overloaded collagen or fat that we tend to see in other places.

The pork cheek chashu in each bowl of ramen was lovely, and the eggs were cooked to perfection although they seem under-marinated.

We highly recommend anyone who loves ramen to check out this place before the end of November when they are scheduled to be closed.  Even if you are not into ramen, you should check it out to savour the amazing flavours from the broth of the ramen.

Sokyo Restaurant - The Darling at the Star Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sokyo Ramen by Chase Kojima

Website: http://www.star.com.au/sydney-restaurants/casual-dining/Pages/Pop-Up.aspx

Address: The Star Cafe Court, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

Opening hours: Sunday to Monday, 11:30am to 9pm; Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30am to 10:30pm; Friday to Saturday, 11:30am to 11pm.  Expected to be closed at end of November 2015.

Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express (surcharge applies for all cards)

 

Australia, Sydney, Sydney - CBD

Cremeria de Luca

You guys are probably familiar with “Cremeria de Luca”, the place that invented the infamous “Gelato Burger”. How would you feel if I tell you that they have opened a pop-up store at the Strand Arcade in the city?

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This is a great place to chill for those who works in the city.

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I was drooling when waiting in-line. The base for the burger is already predetermined with Panna, Nutella and Brioche bun. But you have a choice of gelato to choose from. You can choose up to 2 scoops of gelato. This meal is, of course, traditionally eaten with hands. Yes, it is rude to ask for fork and knife. :p

A great way to eat it is for you to rip off the lid of the bun and use it as a spoon to scoop the gelato. This is based on strict instructions from the owner.

I ordered for myself Pistachio and Cinnamon, as pistachio is one of my all time favorite flavours. But who would have guessed that the Cinnamon and Panna were so complimentary to each other that it gave me the feeling of being “one step into heaven”

It was such a great occasion when I just finished work and wandered around the city.. and I just happened to pass by this pop-up store.

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But they will only be there till 13 of March so you better get there quickly. Otherwise you can always go to Five Dock to try out this amazeball burger.

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Cremeria De Luca Pop-up Store

Website: www.cremeria-deluca.com

Location: The Strand Arcade (412-414 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000)

Or 84 Ramsay Rd Five Dock, NSW 2046

Opening Hours:

Mon to Wed and Fri 11:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Sat and Sun 11:00am – 4:00pm

Cash Only

By Jono