A bona fide time-warp back to the icy, windswept streets of Asahikawa. Mensousai Mugen are making, quite simply, the best ramen we’ve tasted outside Hokkaido!
The menu is comprehensive, with a range of five different ramen dishes, including their signature ‘tsukemen’ ramen. Tsukemen was new to us, but the instructions on table were self-explanatory, instructing us how to dip the cold noodles into the bowl of soup on the side and then eat.
There’s also a very good selection of small non-ramen dishes (think Japanese styled tapas), the perfect partner to one of the many Japanese craft beers on offer.
The vibe is fantastic, with the ground floor dedicated to those in search of a quick ramen feed, and the basement a cosy, modern and inviting space to relax with friends over great food, a few beverages and some random Japanese films projected larger than life onto one of the walls!
11 Bligh Place, Melb 3000 (opposite Robot Bar)
Mon to Fri: Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm
Mon to Fri: Dinner 6pm – 11pm
Sat: Dinner 6pm – 11pm
Note: The kitchen closes at 10pm
Ridiculously good pricing, with ramen costing $13 for a small bowl, or $15 for large, and all other meals topping out at $15.
Beers are $9-14 and bottles of sake $28.
You can find Mugen’s website here – Mensousai Mugen Ramen
Alternatively, drop by their Facebook page here – Mensousai Mugen Ramen on Facebook