Ando: I wasn’t up for the journey to the city for quality Japanese food so Ewok suggested that we travel to Campsie. We have always wanted to visit Manmaruya but have been deterred by the large crowds right outside their store and we’re not fans of making reservations. A bus stop fronted the store and sometimes made it hard to distinguish the difference between diners and commuters. Popular for their ramens, we thought that our summer visit would mean smaller crowds. We weren’t off the mark and managed to grab one out of two remaining two seater tables. The other table was taken within minutes of us arriving.
We found that the place was very family friendly, business friendly, date friendly… friendly overall! The waiters served us with smiles and made our first experience at Manmaruya memorable.
To start us off, it was obvious for the both of us that we ordered Takoyaki ($5.8 for 6 pieces). The crispy outside layer along with the chewy texture of the octopus made it one of the best takoyaki we have had so far in Sydney.
Ewok ordered a Ton Toro Shoga Taki Bento ($15.8) which included salmon sashimi, gyoza, pickled seaweed, salad, miso soup and rice. Ewok liked the large portion of pork cheek meat covered in ginger sauce that came with the bento. I ordered the Chicken Namban Bento ($15.8) which is fried chicken with vinegar and tartare sauce. I’m a fan of all things fried and creamy so i enjoyed this dish. Since we were here, there was a choice of adding a Mini Ramen Set for an additional $5 which we went with. Pork soup was chosen between that or chicken. The size of the ramen was enormous as we were expecting ‘mini’ servings. Ewok could finish his bento and ramen but I could not. I could only managed to finish half the bowl. The white milky texture and lovely aromatics made this pork broth quite delightful. Combined with the springiness of the noodles and you’ve got a great tasting bowl of ramen.
By now we were extremely full and forgot that we also ordered a Soft Shell Crab Roll ($9.8) which came with 4 pieces of crispy soft shell crab, cucumber, Japanese mayo and flying fish roe. We both agreed how the rice was too starchy and overpowered the crunchiness of the soft shell crab. The mayo was savourless and therefore required countless dips of soy sauce.
Yesterday’s temperature in Sydney was 42 degrees celcius which is not a great weather to be slurping ramen but I hope I get a chance to come back and slurp when the temperature starts to drop!
193 Beamish Street, Campsie, NSW 2194
(02) 9789 5759
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday Lunch 11.30am – 3pm, Dinner 5.30pm – 9.30pm