Friday, September 24, 2010

Aritagaya Ramen House at Northbridge

My partner and i went to Aritagaya Ramen House at Northbridge for dinner. The place looks very inviting and 'japanese', it is colourful and japanese characters are sprawled all over the restaurant. I wish i am in japan right now! Had one of my most memorable holiday in japan.

Aritagaya serves complimentary hot green tea and ice water. Love it!

Wikipedia: Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼?) (literally fried or grilled octopus) is a popular Japanese dumpling made of batter, diced or whole baby octopustempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, andgreen onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzumayonnaise, green laver (aonori), and katsuobushi (fish shavings), first popularized in Taisho-era Osaka,[1] where a street vendornamed Endo Tomekichi is credited with its invention in 1935 [2]. Takoyaki can be found in shops called issen-yoshoku (壹銭洋食), which roughly translates to "one-penny Western food" [3]Yaki is derived from "yaku(焼く?) which simply means "to fry or grill" in Japanese, and can be found in the names of other Japanese cuisine items such as teriyaki orsukiyaki[4]

This takoyaki was not bad, one of the better ones i've tried in perth, this is one of my favourite japanese dish
but nothing beats the real thing in osaka... 

my chicken karaage tsukemen 
this was tasty and it was my first time trying tsukemen (cold ramen noodles dipped into soup). it was quite different to the usual hot broth ramen i had, but it was quite interesting

chicken karaage ramen with miso base soup
I found the ramen noodles a bit too thick in this ramen restaurant, the broth was really thick and full of flavours (a bit too thick for me). My partner said the soy-base soup (Shoyu) is much lighter and tastes better. 

I think this place is good for a quick dinner if you are in northbridge area. The food here is average but reasonably priced.
Location: 62 Roe St, Northbridge

ever wondered why there are these guardian lions in almost every chinatown in the world? let me wiki it for you : 
Chinese guardian lions, known also as stone lions (石獅, Pinyin: Shíshī) in Chinese art and often (incorrectly) called "Foo Dogs" in the West, are a common representation of thelion in pre-modern China. They are believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Pairs of guardian lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.
The lions are always created in pairs, with the male playing with a ball and the female with a cub. They occur in many types of Chinese pottery and in Western imitations[1].

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  1. I went there with my Japanese husband, he didn't think it was very authentic at all. We probably wouldn't go back, though I didn't have ramen, I had curry rice and that was quite nice. :)

  2. unfortunately, i agree with u kelly. i dont think i will go back, only suitable for a quick dinner, nothing special!