Another ramen house within reach during work lunch hours for those in the Sydney CBD? Oh yes please! During the week of its grand opening, two awesome humans and I make our way to Regent Place to try out Menya’s new venture – Tenkomori.
Tenkomori acts more like of a noodle bar. It operates in a similar concept as Menya Mappen whereby you order your noodle/rice dish, select any sides and condiments (at an addiontal charge per item), receive your dish and pay at the final counter.
The queue snakes around a couple of times but the wait isn’t too bad, especially considering it had only opened up a couple days earlier. We used the wait time to figure out what we want to order.
Cold drinks available and at such a good price. I didn’t get to try any this time around but those milk teas are calling my name.
Similar to Menya Mappen, there is self service on both hot and cold sides. There’s quite a variety so your tray might get full and heavy before you even get your main meal.
There’s even dessert in the cold fridge, more about that later.
This is the final pass where you get to see your main dish being put together. I love the fact that it is made to order to ensure you get a fresh dish. With it being days into opening, it was a little slow, but I’m sure the pace would pick up later on.
Spicy Pork Tonkotsu (Large) $8.30
I couldn’t decide what to order but ended up with something spicy (like always). I thought the tonkotsu (pork bone) broth had a pleasant rich and milky flavour. It’s definitely at a different level to Ippudo and Gumshara, but I think this one has its own character. The noodles I had no issues with, soft to the touch but still had some body to it. I found myself drinking every last bit of the soup so I suppose that says something.
Pork Kakuni (Stewed Pork Belly) $2.50
I couldn’t go past the pork kakuni (oh I just love saying it!). Despite it being in the hot self service section, the oil began to solidify and form a top layer on the sauce. It did put me off a little bit but I still ate it anyway. For such a little piece of pork belly, my taste buds were doing happy dances.
Spicy Pork Tonkotsu (Large) $8.30 with chu-ka wakame $0.80
Even the one addition of the chu-ka wakame (seaweed) can make a dish look ever so different!
Pork Kakuni Tonkotsu (Large) $8.30
with a nitamago (soft egg) $1.50, chu-ka wakame $0.80 , menma (pickled bamboo shoots) $1.50
Raff made his ramen look like it had the works. When he strategically put on all his sides, it made me think the dish look like it came from a top notch restaurant.
Black Sesame & French Vanilla Daifuku $1.50 (?) each
Daifuku is mochi, which is glutinous rice cake wins me heart everytime so I couldn’t go without it. The black sesame had a red bean filling whilst the french vanilla had a moreish vanilla cream type centre. A great little dessert that hits the spot without pushing you overboard.
The outdoor seating area, almost as if you were in Japan (though I wouldn’t know as I’ve never been)
I think Tenkomori is going to be a popular go-to place for a cheap and quick ramen fix. It’s only early stages but lines are already forming, so to get in on the limited seating, perhaps an early lunch is in order :)
Tenkomori Ramen House
Shop 16 ,Regent Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: +612 9266 0660