A little mishap led me to be finally endowed with a chance to eat at Ryo’s Noodles. Random location, tiny restaurant, queues which stretch onto the street and signature postings by Japanese celebrities! There were more than enough signals to their authenticity and of course, a good meal ahead.
One of the first things I noticed was the menu item of additional ramen for $3. Perfect for those big eaters or for people like me who just want to mop up the rest of the soup.
While Wynn and I chatted over industry gossip, love, boys and dressmaking, strangely enough, our ramen arrived before our entree of roast pork rice balls. We were hungry so dug straight in. My soy-based ramen was a tiny bit too salty but it was a bliss. The huge square of nori kicked ass in comparison to the tiny shredded sheets served at most other ramen places in Sydney. I also appreciated the egg’s perfection (the yolk was still a tad runny) and the slight fat left on the tender roast pork. So good, and so filling -I didn’t end up ordering the extra ramen.

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest, Sydney - Tokyo style soy-based chicken stock ramen with roast pork, nori, egg and bamboo shoots
Tokyo style soy-based chicken stock ramen with roast pork, nori, egg and bamboo shoots

Wynn had her repeat order of tonkotsu ramen which she assured me was at its usual best. Rich, hearty and flavoursome.

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest, Sydney - tonkotsu ramen with egg, nori, shallots and roast pork
Tonkotsu ramen with egg, nori, shallots and roast pork

Apart from ramen accompaniments like corn, roast pork, garlic and pickles, there were also the common side dish contenders of gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), karagee (deep-fried chicken), kimchi (picked vegies) and more. We shared the pickled bamboo shoots and had a roast pork rice ball each. The rice ball was so moist and delicious. I adored the generous chunks of roast pork and sesame seeds which were wrapped within a delectable piece of nori.

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest, Sydney - roast pork rice balls
Roast pork rice balls

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest, Sydney - side dish of pickled bamboo shoots
Side dish of pickled bamboo shoots

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest, Sydney - crowd and interior

Still needing to satisfy our sweet tooth we caught up with Sham and shared (but unfortunately, did not finish off) this massive stack of vanilla icecream with stewed pears, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and nuts.

Dessert at French Riviera ice-cream stack with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts and pear
Ice-cream from French Riviera

Ryo’s Noodles
125 Falcon St Crows Nest, NSW
Phone: 9955 0225
Opens Thursday -Tuesday, noon – 2.30pm, 5pm – 9.30pm
French Riviera
Corner of Liverpool and Sussex Street
Phone: 9264 2932
Opens 7 days a week, 10am – 2am
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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.