First stop: Ippudo Sydney. It was the first restaurant my cousins and I went to when we got to Sydney where we had early dinner. I only knew about it when my cousin told me that there was a branch in Singapore and it was insanely popular, so I thought I’d love to try it someday if I get the chance to. Lo and behold, we stumbled upon this restaurant at Westfield, one of the most popular malls located at Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD). At first, I was surprised to find it quite empty and I became a little skeptical, doubting the stories that I’ve been hearing about this place. Fortunately, it really didn’t disappoint and unquestionably lives up to its reputation. Make sure to come earlier before lunch or dinner (we went there early evening) so that you can get a table before it gets really crowded though, because the next time I went past the restaurant again, there was a massive line of people waiting to be seated.
– General Review –
- Service: 8/10
Service was prompt and personnel were pretty friendly. Loved how they offered little cloth hampers to put your bags in so that they won’t get dirty.
- Servicescape: 7.8/10
Ippudo Sydney’s interior was nice and clean, with plenty of wood and glass furniture. The restaurant was quite spacious with plenty of seats, but even so, it can still get very crowded! I wasn’t really a big fan of the music that was played in the background – I love jazz music, but it was too loud and didn’t quite fit the whole atmosphere.
- Non-smoking area: Yes, seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Very limited – only a couple of vegetarian dishes available.
- Price range: $$ (AU$10 – $25 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.6/10
– Food Experience –
1) Smoked Salmon Salad:
The salad consisted of very fresh ingredients and even though I’m never really a big fan of bell peppers, I actually liked them since they were sweet and crunchy. The smoked salmon was also delicious, and the bits of avocado were undoubtedly sweet and soft. The first healthy and delicious meal we had when we first arrived in Sydney!
2) Mini Crab Karaage:
We could smell the aroma of this dish from miles away (well, not literally) and it definitely tasted as good as it smelled. There were five pieces of the mini crab karaage, and it was a little too oily, to the point where the mayo actually slid off the exterior. There was also a small slice of lemon, some salad and a dollop of mayonnaise served on the side. This was one guilty pleasure…
3) Spicy Black:
Loved this dish! It was a special limited edition and one of the best ramen I’ve tried. The soup was quite spicy, thick and flavorful. The noodles were also made perfectly, and the pork tender and juicy. Try it if you ever get the chance to!
4) Unagi Gohan:
The Unagi Gohan‘s portion was smaller than we expected with very little unagi (eel) served. However, the dish had a generally light taste, a little bland, and the dressing wasn’t too rich either. I thought it was a little expensive for the price we had to pay for this dish.
Contact number: +61 2 8078 7020
Website: Ippudo Sydney
Operating hours: Mon – Wed: 11am-10pm
Thur – Sat: 11am-11pm
Sun: 11am-9pm (all last orders an hour before closing time)
Posted by: V