Shop Ramen

329 Smith Street Collingwood, Victoria

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Opening hours Wed-Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Licensed
Prices Cheap (mains under $20)
Payments eftpos, Visa, Mastercard

This ain’t no ordinary noodle joint. It started life as a 10-day pop-up eatery, but in its new permanent digs Shop Ramen retains the unconventional attitude. A salted caramel milkshake to wash down your smoked tofu and pepita steamed buns? Waistline-busting (but oh-so-dreamy) banana pie on the side? Why not. As for the main event, satisfyingly firm ramen noodles are cranked through a pasta machine then ladled into your choice of broth: free-range pork; a rich meaty number with peanuts, celery and tender Tasmanian beef; or a silky cashew-based soup topped with shiitakes and boiled egg. The menu’s tiny, but that hasn’t stopped crowds of Collingwood coolsies lining up.