Delight in Vegan Ramen at One of Brisbane’s Favourite Japanese Restaurants

Are you a fan of the Tonkotsu ramen at Taro’s Ramen in Ascot? Would you like an equally flavourful, vegan version?

If you’re hungry for a hearty bowl of vegetable-based ramen, then Taro’s Ramen’s vegan version should satisfy your craving.

Taro’s vegan ramen is a lighter and creamier version of their best-selling Tonkotsu ramen, that rich broth made from Bangalow sweet pork bone cooked for two days.

Although vegan ramen is not offered at their Ascot location, you can take a 6-km ride to their location along Queen St in CBD to savour their rich broth.

Taro’s vegan ramen was first offered in their Edward St location, but it had to close to pursue the development plans for the building, with Chef Taro Akimoto taking to Facebook the closure of the shop.

“The Vegan Ramen venture has been a fun and interesting journey and we may revisit this brand at a later date,” Chef Akimoto wrote in a Facebook post.

The ‘noodle master’ launched vegan ramen with hopes of bringing something new to the Brisbane food scene just like when he opened his first shop.

In addition to plant-based broth, Taro offers house-fermented, gluten-free, and vegan kimchi and the triple decker dorayaki or pancakes made with soy and rice flour.

Taro currently has four locations across Brisbane and one is at 145 Racecourse Rd in Ascot. The Ascot kitchen will still continue with its usual menu, offering a range of Japanese dishes for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

For more information about Taro’s Ramen – Ascot, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.

From Ascot, Taro’s Ramen Is Coming to South Brisbane

Taro’s Ramen, with a shop at 145 Racecourse Rd Ascot, is set to open another restaurant in South Brisbane in mid-November.

Restaurant owner, Taro Akimoto, said that the new restaurant will be located on the ground floor of 154 Melbourne in South Brisbane. It will seat 80 people and will retain the fitments of the building owned by the Centurion Property Group. Akimoto shared that the South Brisbane shop will be somewhat similar to Wagaya in Fortitude Valley, where partitions go all the way up to above eye height. Elsewhere, the new Taro’s Ramen will be akin to how the Ascot restaurant is being operated.

Taro’s Ramen is popular for its menu that features a delectable combination of authentic Japanese shochu, sake, and side dishes which complement their ramen. Ascot and Hamilton reviewers have given the restaurant a 5-star rating on Eat Now, and a 4.5-star rating on Yelp.

Credit: Taro’s Ramen Facebook

“Given that I eat Japanese food on a weekly basis, It’s a tragedy that I haven’t eaten at Taro’s Ramen until today! Fast forward: there’s an empty bowl and a happy, full tummy, it was as if I had been transported back to Japan for an hour or so… I can’t wait to get back to Taro’s and work my way through the menu.” – Elizabeth, Yelp

“Love Taro’s. Their food is so good! Always delicious.” – Maree, Eat Now

“Great as always, attention to detail, amazing customer service, quality ingredients, nice variety, great flavours. A must in Brisbane.” – David, Eat Now

“Awesome meal. We didn’t have to wait long to pick up our order. The staff are always so friendly and helpful. Best ramen in Brisbane.” – Jessica, Eat Now

Akimoto, a former resource industry investment analyst, was born and raised in Japan. His mother was from Saga, Kyushu where he also spent much of his childhood and adolescence. The place greatly influenced his passion for ramen. He subsequently brought the different ramen flavours of his childhood into his own cooking.

Taro Akimoto
Credit: Taro’s Ramen Facebook

While travelling around Japan during his university years, Akimoto saw to it that he experienced all kinds of ramen there is. It was in Tenkaippin where he learnt that oily and thick soup adds up to the flavour of ramen. It was in Kitakata where he learnt that ramen is best when served with handmade noodles. By the new millennium, he already knew about fusion ramen and that it can be as good without MSG. A few years after, he was in Australia, bringing along his exquisite knowledge about the cuisine.

Credit: Taro’s Ramen Facebook

Because of this rich background of Japanese culture, Taro’s Ramen has consistently served patrons with the most authentic ramen in Australia. Their natural ingredients were shipped directly from selected suppliers in Japan. All restaurants promised that they do not serve dishes with MSG or other preservatives. For more information about Taro’s Ramen or for placing order, click here.