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Ramen or Ramen Burger : Shizuku

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Japanese/Korean Cuisine, Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs, Noodle

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Heard about the Ramen Burger craze that shook New York when it debuted? Ever since I read about this, I was very excited to try it because it sounds weird but interesting.  Imagine a burger patty sandwiched between two “burger” made of ramen … hmm … Customer reviews have given mixed feelings about this modern Japanese interpretation of a simple burger.  So, was it over-rated ? We shall see …

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To experience this, we head to Shizuku, the one & only Japanese restaurant in Melbourne that serve ramen burger.  The menu boasts a good variety of modern Japanese snacks Izakaya-style.  One of which that I was attracted to was the modernised Cheesy Nori Snacks - basically it’s a fancy name for baked cheese wrapped in seaweed “nori” sheets and sprinkled with chilli powder.  Overall taste was ok but I wasn’t really game for the texture which has soften in the process of the baking.

DSCF4151Cheesy Nori Snacks $8

Shizuku’s interpretation of gyoza comes with four different types of dressing – flavours range from tangy, spicy, sweet etc.  So we opted for the Gyoza Cali with sriracha kewpie mayo and parsley flakes.  Delicious – as you know, I’m a huge huge fan of gyoza!

DSCF4155Gyoza Cali $10

*Drumroll* … And the moment we have been waiting for – Shizuku’s signature Pork Belly Ramen Burger and Eggplant Ramen Burger came wrapped up like presents.

Unfortunately, when I opened the wrapping, my burger was soaked in the sauce making it very difficult to eat with the juices and the burger falling apart.  The marinated pork belly was delicious but the ramen burger was tasteless and lack crunch.  Since I couldn’t hold it in place any longer (sauce was dripping everywhere), I had to use a fork and knife to cut them up and eat them separately – which defeats the purpose of a burger, really.

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DSCF4162Pork belly ramen burger $15 (with miso soup)  

**sorry for the blur photo, I was very eager to eat it :) 

The verdict? I wasn’t satisfied after the ramen burger, so, we ordered Shoyu Ramen and Miso Ramen - both tasted expectedly good in its traditional form in broth.

DSCF4167Miso Ramen $15

Ramen burger or Ramen ? I’d stick to hot soupy ramen – best eaten to comfort my hunger and bring warmth to my tummy minus the mess.  However, due to its priciness ($15 for a bowl of ramen), I probably won’t make a special trip here when CBD has more to offer at affordable prices.

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To die for : Hot bowl of ramen
Price : $$
Yummy Factor : +3
Noise Level : Low

[Shizuku]
309 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
P: 03 9995 8180
Mon-Sun: Lunch, Dinner & Late

You may also like : Aka Tombo, Kumo Izakaya, Gyoza Douraku
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