For those of you who are unfamiliar with ramen, your lives are about to change forever. Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish, consisting of wheat noodles in a (usually) pork-based broth served with an assortment of toppings such as sliced chashu (braised pork belly), nori and wakame (dried seaweed) , bamboo shoots and various other delicious bits and pieces. Different areas of Japan have developed different types of ramen. Our personal favourite is the rich, thick and creamy tonkotsu broth that sadly is not offered at Nao. However, Nao offers four deliciously flavoured ramens: miso, shoyu (soy-based), shio (salty), and hot & spicy.
The ramen from Nao has long been a favourite at The Pavarotti. But we've never thought of it as qualifying because we always ask for the extra chashu ($3), spinach/chilli flavoured noodles (50c) or one of the other extras that push the price over $10. Here is the good news: you can order a basic ramen (white noodles only) with the miso, shoyu or shio flavoured broths for an even $10. Unfortunately, the hot & spicy ramen will cost you a little extra and this basic option will only get you a single slice of chashu, but I guarantee you won't leave hungry. The fact remains that this is one of the best Pavarotti meals out there. You will find no floating teriyaki chicken besmirching the authenticity of this ramen. Get there before 12 or after 1 unless you don't mind a wait.
You might think you've had a good noodle soup before. You haven't. Give this a try!
If anyone thinks they know of a better ramen in Perth (especially a tonkotsu), let us know in the comments.