When we wrote about Cafe Monaka opening a ramen and sake joint, we realised the appetite for ramen on the Northern beaches was huge, so we set about hunting down the best ramen in the local area.

As you probably know, there isn’t much around, so we’ve included a few further afield for those times the Tonkotsu craving is strong enough to want to cross the Spit bridge.

Let us know if we’ve missed any, and we’ll keep updating the list. If you’ve got something to add, please email us at northernbeaches@thelivingcollective.com.au.

Sake Manly

You probably know Sake for their delicious raw dishes of sushi, sashimi ceviche and beef tataki, but if you venture down the menu you’ll be excited to see five affordable ramen options priced between $28-30. Find options like Iibushi pork chashu and umami egg to spicy miso and seared wagyu, and what we’re calling the special occasion ramen – a lobster version with chilli garlic butter ($65). Yum.

While ramens aren’t available on their takeaway menu on UberEats or HungryHungry yet, the Sake team might be option to it if there’s the demand. Should we start a petition?

Sake Manly

Manly Ferry Wharf, Belgrave Street and, West Esplanade, Manly.

Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 3pm

Dinner: Monday to Thursday & Sunday 5:30pm – 9pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30pm – 10pm

Website: https://sakerestaurant.com.au/manly-wharf-menu/

Jipang Manly

A staple in Manly since 1993, Jipang is popular among Manly locals for its bento boxes, udon noodles, teriyaki and of course, ramen. Expect the traditional hot bowls with flavours like Shoyu, Curry, Chasu and Miso each served with pork slices, egg, bamboo shoots and shallots. From $22, Jiang’s is a solid weeknight option for those on a budget (read: everyone right now).

Shop 9 37-39 the Corso, Manly NSW

Open: 11:30-8pm every day.

Website: https://www.jipang-manly.com/contact

Sushi Bar Kaimi

Boasting 18 ramen options on the menu, Sushi Bar Kaimi is a reader favourite. Diners can choose their base, protein options from tempura prawn, teriyaki beef, chicken katsu and chashu along with added extras. Sushi Bar Kaimi has hundreds of Google reviews between 4-5 star and once you go, it’s easy to see why – it’s delicious.

Shop 8/27/33 Oaks Ave, Dee Why


Wed-Fri: 11:30 am–8:30 pm
Saturday 12–9 pm
Sunday 12–9 pm
Monday 11:30 am–8:30 pm
Tuesday: Closed

Website: https://bopple.app/sushibarkaimi

Master Rolls

A hidden gem in the mall! We didn’t realise Master Rolls served up ramen until one of our community members shared the good news! With nine options from chicken Katsu to crispy prawn and classic chasu these are a bargain at $16.90!

Not pictured: ramen – this is a picture of their udon, but we can confirm they serve up hot tasty ramen!

Master Rolls

Warringah Mall, Brookvale


Wednesday: 11:00 – 14:00
Thursday: 11:00 – 17:00

Friday – Tuesday: 11:00 – 14:00

Website: https://www.kpos.com.au/masterrollswarringah/index.php

Sushi Hiro Narrabeen

If you’re craving ramen while your friends or family demand sushi, head to Sushi Hiro in Narrabeen. Where you can order a dish with both! The Ramen Sushi set comes with four pieces of nigiri and six pieces of mixed baby roll, and of course your choice of ramen.

Sushi Hiro Narrabeen 

65 Waterloo St, Narrabeen NSW 2101

Open: 11:30-9pm

Closed Mondays

Website: https://sushi-hiro-narrabeen.com.au/ 

Coming soon Menya Monaka!

Bun and the Cafe Monaka team outside their new venue, Menya Monaka in Mona Vale. Opening late 2024

Coming to Mona Vale is a new ramen restaurant thanks to the Cafe Monaka team. We spoke to Lisa Fukuda, to find out what we can expect when their new ramen restaurant opens, and we already can’t wait.

Think: homemade ramen noodles, a sake bar, authentic Tokyo style decor, and more of their delicious food. Read more here, and stay updated on their Instagram: @menya.monaka

Further afield…

Ryo’s Noodles

Often topping the list of best ramen joints in Sydney is Ryo’s Noodles, Ryo is the chef responsible for bringing ramen to our city back in 2003. And if you’ve ever driven up Falcon St at opening time (or throughout their service), you will recognise the distinctive orange shopfront and the long line of patrons waiting for a seat at this tiny but mighty authentic restaurant.

The ramen menu is extensive, covering all the traditional faves, but why not try something new like their sour salt version with fried prawn balls. Families will also be happy to know there is a kids size serving for just $13.

Lunch: 11:40am – 2pm

Dinner: 5pm – 8:30pm

125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest


Ramen Auru

One of the newer kids on the block, Ramen Auru is already a favourite among North Shore diners. Situated above their sister restaurant, Yakitori Yurripi, locals stop by Ramen Auru for a late night bowl of goodness after enjoying a drink on the top level of this establishment (it’s a sports bar serving up Japanese whiskeys, beers and bar snacks).

Ramen fans will be very excited to try the ticket vending machine, where you can choose from bespoke sides, toppings and drinks. It’s less of a vending machine (it doesn’t drop down noodle soup), and more of an ordering system for the kitchen to deliver bespoke piping hot broth and rich tonkotsu.

Address: Level 2, 6-8 Falcon Street, Crows Nest

Opening hours:

Wed – Sat 19:00 – 00:00
Sun 19:00 – 22:00
Closed Mon & Tue

Instagram: @ramenauru


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