Kokoro Ramen opened end of last year and even with the mixed reviews, it was a convenient location for a quick dinner before drinks so off we went. Kokoro Ramen offers 4 varieties of soup bases and different meat choices to go along however I was a little disappointed that they didn't offer a straight-up Tonkotsu soup with all its pork bone collagen-y goodness.
The majority of the party went to the Tonkotsu Shio soup base with Pork Belly. The Tonkotsu Shio soup was nice at first but after getting into the noodles and soup, it got much too salty for me and I wasn't able to finish the bowl. The strip of juicy and tender pork belly was great but the portion was tiny in comparison to the amount of noodles.
Tonkotsu Shio Ramen with Pork Belly
This is where I encountered the wall of saltiness and wasn't able to climb over it.
My unfinished Ramen
Mr AL went for the Tonkotsu Miso soup base with Pork belly which he declared was better than our choice but still rated his meal 'okay' and complained about the minuscule slice of Pork belly.
Tonkotsu Miso Ramen with Pork Belly
Big T joined us shortly after so while we were downing jugs of Orion beer, he went for the fried chicken tokyo ramen which he liked and had no complaints.
Tokyo Ramen with Fried Chicken
One of the girls had this adorable cup of Plum wine and if I hadn't been designated driver, I would have indulged in this too.
Umeshuu - Plum wine
Although Kokoro Ramen offers a large variety of ways to enjoy your ramen and allows you to customise your meal as you like, we all thought the broth was too salty and not enough meat for our liking.
So Melbourne fails again on the Ramen frontier. Are there any good Ramen places in Melbourne that I am unaware of? On another note - Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, wishing mine a merry day :)
Will I return? No, the food was very average.
157 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9650 1215