Tenkomori (Sydney CBD, Australia)
Speedy slurps in Sydney’s heart! Tenkomori’s tasty & cheap ramens & rice bowls hit the spot for a quick CBD lunch.
Craving a hot, slurpable fix in the midst of Sydney’s bustling CBD? Tenkomori might be your saviour. Tucked away in a Regent Place pocket, this ramen bar whips up delicious bowls in a fast-paced production line, perfect for a quick and satisfying lunch.
My recent visit with my family had us diving into two of their classic ramens: the Tenkomori Ramen (AU$12.90) and the Pork & Kimchi (AU$14.40). The first was a comforting embrace of steaming pork broth, adorned with melt-in-your-mouth stewed pork, a tangy punch of pickled takana greens, and the familiar dance of seaweed, bamboo shoots, and fish cake. It wasn’t the most groundbreaking bowl, but it hit all the right notes, showcasing the rich, umami soul of good ramen.
The Pork & Kimchi, on the other hand, offered a spicy spin. The fiery kimchi danced harmoniously with the savory pork belly, adding a welcome kick to the warm broth. While the meat portions might be on the smaller side, as typical with Japanese ramen, the flavours definitely packed a punch.
But Tenkomori isn’t just about ramen. We also tried the Chicken Katsu Bowl (AU$13.90), a satisfying symphony of crispy chicken pieces atop fluffy rice, bathed in a sweet and savory soy sauce. While not a true “katsu” in the classic cutlet sense, the dish delivered on flavour but not on quantity, with the pickled ginger and roasted sesame adding a refreshing touch.
Tenkomori isn’t fancy, but it’s authentic and efficient. The small dining area, while not ideal for long sit-downs, reflects its grab-and-go spirit. Sure, there’s a touch of fast-food vibe, but that’s also what makes it perfect for a speedy fuel-up. And for the price, nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s hard to complain.
If you’re looking for a no-frills, quick, and flavourful ramen fix in the Sydney jungle, Tenkomori is a solid contender. Just be prepared for a bustling atmosphere and don’t expect culinary haute couture. But for a satisfying slurp and a warm hug in a bowl, Tenkomori delivers!
Address: Regent Place Shopping Centre, 29/501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia