Living quite close to Westfield Hornsby means that it is often a place we go to for a weekend lunch in between shopping for groceries and other things. One of my favourite places to eat in Hornsby would have to be Tokyo Ramen.
On the surface it looks like a normal Asian food stall with fried rice and sweet and sour pork sitting in bain maries, but grab a menu and go inside and you'll find that they serve various kinds of ramen, udon and Japanese rice bowls. But be warned: it is a small shop which only seats about 20 people max, so you may find yourself having to wait a while on weekends.
Today I'm eating with the family and we are quite lucky only having to wait about 10 minutes for a seat. We aren't very hungry today so we order three dishes - a plate of gyoza, a yaki udon and a ramen.
The gyoza are a great start to lunch with thin, soft dumpling skins giving way to a pork and vegetable filling. Unfortunately they have been sitting in the bain maries so they don't have that satisfying crunch on the bottoms, but they're nevertheless very tasty.
The yaki udon is a mound of stir fried udon noodles topped with chicken pieces, vegies and bonito flakes. It's a tad oily but gets gobbled up in no time.
The ramen is a gigantic serving of nice and chewy noodles in a large bowl with two tender pieces of roast pork, japanese fishcake, seaweed and a hard boiled egg (hidden under the spoon). It's also a little oily but it's very satisfying.
Tokyo Ramen serves yummy Japanese noodles and rice bowls and most of the dishes are under $15 which is great value - and as a result it's become a regular and local lunch place for me. They also have a sushi stall opposite called Tokyo Sushi, if you're not in the mood for hot food.
Shop 1042, Westfield Shopping Centre
236 Pacific Highway
Ph: +61 (02) 99872688
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