Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar - Sutherland NSW
It does not have a wide shop front but diners can go in to sit its long inside interior. Kuroneko feels like a local gathering place, or one where you can have your noodles after alighting from the train. Sutherland is no Bondi or Chatswood, so east Asian food can be hard to find in this southerly post of the greater Sydney area. Kuroneko has a simplicity of its own, has an easy menu and it is not difficult to settle in and have a relaxing time.
Those who frequent the major intersection of the Princes Highway and Acacia Road will find that Kuroneko is just round the corner after heading west at that junction. As far as I can gather, the name of this restaurant means "bamboo grove" but I could be wrong.
Yes, sake is readily available to go with my fav starters, the deep fried lotus root rings (photo below).
They are crunchy and although having a shake of salt, not over the top and just as good as an alternative to wedges and chips. What's the green powdery stuff? There is a generous serving of the lotus root here, probably able to be shared by three persons.
Of course, we are all here for the ramen. The proof of this dish is in the soup - although not as concentrated as in Ryo's in the lower north shore or as in Gumshara in Sydney's Chinatown, the stock here is unique to its own. The disappointment I had was that the Tonkhatsu was not real piece of pork but minced pork, not to my preference. Still, I was reminded of why not? The cutlery provided could not pick up the minced pork well, especially those strewn all over and hiding at the bottom of the bowl. The compulsory marinated soft egg and seaweed saved the day. Those who are more open to a less thick stock of Miso infused soup will like the version of ramen at Kuroneko.
Mind you, the stock soup is simmered for around 14 hours before it is served. I did not opt for the spicy version with more chilli oil. I was focused on trying the soup without the unnecessary influence of chilli.
The Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar is located at Shop 4, 720 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland NSW.
Opening hours are from from 11am to 9pm every day.
Contact +61 2 9521 5191
My impressions of the Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar:
Ambiance: 3 out of 5
Customer Engagement: 3.5 out of 5
Culinary Delight: 3 out of 5
X Factor: 2.5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
Recommended menu choices:
Lotus root rings.
Donburi selections of steamed rice with different meats.
Prawn and chicken Ramen - usually it's fish that is utilised as seafood. A rather different taste in the soup.
Tuna Sashimi salad.