You know how much we love a ramen here at The Pavarotti. If you don't, take some time to check out our previous write up of Nao Japanese before continuing. It was with great excitement that we found out the extremely popular Freo Markets ramen stall, Dosukoi, had set up shop in Allendale Square. The joy of being able to get this highly elusive ramen outside of the restricted Freo Market opening hours of Friday through Sunday made our week. Don't be alarmed Freo foodies - the chef has guaranteed us that the Freo stall will operate as usual.
The Perth branch of Dosukoi is located in the food court of Allendale Square. It is a vastly different set up to that of the Freo Markets. Gone is the long wait for a text message letting you know that it's your turn to cram into the dozen or so seats in the Freo Market stall. Whilst there are still very few seats within the shop itself, you have the option to take your bowl of ramen into the food court, drastically reducing the wait time. The walls are decked out with bookshelves full of Japanese and English Manga Comic Books, which you can read if you want to whilst enjoying your ramen.
There are six suggested ramen combinations on the menu, with a selection of three soup bases soy (shoyu), miso or salt (shio). You can also pimp your ramen with extra pork, noodles etc. We recommend the No. 4 as we can't go past the porky deliciousness of chashu. The miso soup base is not as good as what is offered at Nao, but the salt (aka Shio) soup base definitely held its own, with a strong but not overpowering pork flavour. It might even be better than Nao's! The noodles were good, but don't compare to the freshly handmade noodles on offer at Nao. A friend of The Pavarotti residing in Japan for years says that Nao's noodles are top notch.
We should also mention that there are three Udon/Soba noodle options that we haven't had a chance to eat, but they look pretty damn tasty.
Whilst Nao is still our favourite ramen in town. Dosukoi runs a close second. It's cheaper, and a more manageable size (for those without appetites as big as ours) but lacks the polish of its cross-town rival. We'll definitely be back and it is worth a visit for those who want to enjoy a ramen but don't have the time to get to/line up at Nao.
Let us know what you think of Dosukoi in the comments below .