Tucked away in Elizabeth Bay is Blancharu, a French-Japanese inspired restaurant run by Chef Haru Inukai. By day, treat yourself to a special lunch menu or a bowl of ramen from Monday to Thursdays 12pm-2pm only; or by night indulge yourself with an amazing dinner menu with a 5 or 7 course degustation available.
Lunch time sees me pay a visit for the oh so talked about ramen.
Aburi Slowly Cooked Pork $7
To start off with and share, we go for the aburi slow cooked pork. Tender pieces of meat full of flavour are drizzled with what I assume is japanese mayo and a sweet okonomiyaki type sauce topped with spring onions all sitting a bed of finely cut lettuce.
Ramen in Natural Salt flavoured in Paitan soup with slowly cooked pork, bean sprout, bamboo shoot, shallots $9.50
with wood ear, nori and an egg $12.50
That egg made my eyes pop out of its sockets. Not only does it look so perfectly cooked, but it tastes absolutely amazing having an indescribable flavour. You have to try this.
The slices of pork served with the ramen is just as tender and succulent as the aburi slow cooked pork. It practically melts in your mouth.
The perfect noodles, the beautiful egg and the glistening pork
The noodles are hand made by Chef Haru on site and proves to be a winner. Cooked to perfection with a bit of a bite – it surely doesn’t taste powdery or spongey like other places.
What makes this bowl of ramen so amazing is the paitan soup, or what is commonly known as tonkotsu soup. The pork bone flavour really shines out and showcases it beautifully. The depth of flavour is heavenly and although may look rich, it isn’t. It is one of those broths where you can slurp every last drop and crave for more. I’m no expert at tonkotsu but this has got to be one of the best ones I’ve had. As a whole, the dish was incredible. As individual elements, everything was superb. A win-win situation.
Despite being inconveniently located for city workers, I sure wouldn’t hesitate to go again, again and again. The ramen is served only on Monday to Thursdays between 12pm – 2pm and it sure does give all other ramen places a run for it’s money.
With a taste of what Blancharu and Chef Haru have to offer, I will definitely be looking at returning to this gem for a dinner service.
Shop 1/21 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011
Tel: +61 2 9360 3555