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Monday, December 3, 2012

Ramen at Blancharu, Elizabeth Bay

My search for amazing ramen goes on. I'malways on the lookout for places that serves what I refer to as perfection in abowl. But sometimes, receiving recommendations are much easier than searching.Thanks to a recommendation from Josh and Ai (The Milk Bar by Cafe Ish), I havefound another joint that will satisfy my ramen cravings. This time, my journeytook me to Blancharu.


Blancharu is an award winningcontemporary French-Japanese bistro located in quiet Elizabeth Bay Road,Elizabeth Bay. For years, Blancharu has been known for its mouth-wateringdishes prepared and cooked using French and Japanese cooking methods. But whatI really came here for was their ramen lunchtime special. From Monday toThursday, 12:00pm-2:00pm only ramen with paitan based broth and soy based brothare served.

Love Pokka's sparkling Fuji apple drink!
Paitan soup ramen with wood ear, eggs, and nori
I tried their ramen with a paitan based broth or also known as tonkotsu broth (normally $9.50 but it comes to $12.50 withextra wood ears, eggs and nori). Paitan basically means milky soup. The soup becomes milky due to the collagen produced by the chicken bones. The broth has a slightly milky flavour and an almost potent meaty taste. But the star in this dish was its’ al dente noodles. The noodles were made in the premises by Chef Haru Inukai himself. The slices of pork meat, bamboo shoots, wood ears,seaweed, soft-boiled egg, sesame seeds and scallions gave nice textures andadded flavour that brought the whole dish into harmony. This is a must try for all ramen lovers out there!

Aburi slowly cooked pork

We also ordered slices of Aburi slowed cooked pork ($7) on theside. The pork was thinly sliced and very tender. It had a caramely roastflavour. It was drizzled with roast garlic like dressing and mayo.
I would definitely make my way back toBlancharu the next chance I get for another ramen fix! A ramen with intenseflavoured broth, supreme quality egg noodles and toppings has won my vote!Their ramen is so good that I heard even Chef Mori of Gumshara visits to havetheir ramen. I have found another happy place!

Blancharu
Shop 1, 21 Elizabeth Bay Road,
Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011

Ramen special: Monday - Thursday only.12:00pm to 2:00pm
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17 comments:

  1. Awesome. Gotta check it out!

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  2. I've always wanted to take a look at this place, I didn't realise they even did a ramen dish! Will definitely put this on my list.

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  3. Looks good! Lol you've found another happy place hehe

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  4. if it's not that far i'll check it out soon! I'll put it on my bucket list for now! :)

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  5. didn't realise that Blancharu did ramen! Shame they only have it on weekdays though, I'll have to try and make it there on my day off

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  6. I love ramen! another new place beside Ippudo.The nooele a bit different to what I've seen before, looks more white in colour. Can't wait to try!

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  7. argh wish they did ramen on weekends!

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  8. awesome, so cheap and looks great.

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  9. I never knew they did other things besides their degustation menu and a few other selected dishes. Must visit to try now since there is a bigger variety!

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  10. I am really going to have to check them out for their ramen lunch. They have been on my 'to do dinner' list for a while now.

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  11. yum yum and YUM! I would love to go.. but shame it's only lunches on weekdays.. will have to wait until I have a weekday off to check it out

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  12. I've been hearing alot about the ramen here but had no idea it was a French/Japanese restaurant...interesting. Ramen looks good.

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  13. I was curious about this “paitan broth” – a quick search told me that it’s what Chinese people refer to as “white/milky soup” – 白汤. At home we usually make it out of chicken bones. So it turns out it’s apparently possible to make it with pork bones…are there any particular differences between that and what would be ‘tonkotsu’? Or is it just different names for the same thing?

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  14. love this place! defintely going to be a neighbourhood favourite!

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  15. Hi Ramen Raff, I'm currently doing research on what Australians think tonkotsu ramen should be like. I was wondering if you could help fill out this survey?

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PXGWVBF

    Also, I heard they stopped doing the ramen lunch special at blancharu, but the chef and former owner is gonna open his own gig in sussex centre food court, called ramen ikkyu =]

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  16. Yum raff. Should probably head down there before the weather warms up.

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Let me know what ya think, aight! Would love to hear from ya.