Ramen Do

4 star rating 46 reviews

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09 3771313

167 Symonds Street

11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5:30 PM to 9 PM (Mon, Wed-Fri), 12 Noon to 3 PM, 5:30 PM to 9 PM (Sat-Sun), Tue Closed


Reviews for Ramen Do

3 star rating
by Brenda Peng
28 days ago

The worst takoyaki I v ever had! Maybe it happened only on that day. The outside of takoyaki is way too moist, I can't even pick it up by using chopsticks (I think they may add too much water in the paste) ramen is fine but not outstanding

4 star rating
by Tanz
one month ago

Been there twice for their famous Hokkaido ramen.

Highlights: ramen soup and toppings, excellent flavoured soup base. Worth a try for every ramen lover.

Lowlights: environment, the decoration reminds me of country bar, not consistent with their food quality, the toilet was dirty as well. The service was not outstanding compared with other Japanese restaurant. Service is very important in Japanese culture, hence a little bit disappointed.

5 star rating
by ShoRt87
2 months ago

Favourite ramen place in Auckland. Why? Because they serve tasty soup, and springy noodles just the way it should be!! Also cheap eats too :)

Their best seller is the Hokkaido miso ramen but they have unique types such as gyokai ramen which is a special seafood soy sauce base. They also have vegetable ramen for a healthier choice :)

I tried their kakuni pork entree and thought it could have been more tender. Gyozas and takoyaki on the other hand were delicious and comparably cheaper to other places.

Be mindful that there is only the chef and a lady that runs the place. So service can be slow but it's worth the wait. Recently I went there and it was not a bad wait at all! Service could have more smiles from the server but they always say a genuine thank you after.

The place is clean, quiet, and a good place to eat and chat.

3 star rating
by Maye Elle
2 months ago

Only had the one dish from here- the chicken and pork broth one and I didn't quite enjoy it. I'm definitely a straight tonkotsu lover I think. I l definitely want to try the other meals as they look great but in all see this as your average ramen place with great service as with most authentic Japanese places with probably better food than most places! The special on the top of the photo came with the sesame grinder and looked so fun to work with and the way the egg is is always a favourite of mine in ramen 😍 would go again for more food as the broth just wasn't to my taste so for now I can't give a higher rating

5 star rating
by Becca Barnes
3 months ago

We've been hunting around for the best ramen place in Auckland and I think we may have found it. My partner and I both ordered the miso based soup with extra pork, and I had the spicy version. It was amazing. I especially liked the minced pork in the soup. The sides we got (takoyaki, edamame, gyoza) were also great and everything was reasonably priced. A Japanese beer went down a treat too. Plus, for a Saturday night, they weren't super busy and the service was prompt and kind. Will definitely go again.

5 star rating
by Saskia Donnell
3 months ago

An easy gem to walk right past! Definitely one of my favourite places to go for lunch. I am slowly working my way through the entire menu and have yet to find a ramen dish I don't love! I especially recommend the pork belly ramen. Amazing! The only thing is the atmosphere is average. They havent done much to make the interior anything special.

5 star rating
by Kat M
3 months ago

Visited Ramen Do with a voucher. I'm a huge ramen fan and I really enjoyed the ramen here, perfect to warm you up on a cold day!! The gyoza dumplings were also really tasty. The food is cheap even without a voucher and I'd definitely return.

3 star rating
by Zoe Huang
4 months ago

It was pretty quiet when we walked in. My friend ordered the Top No.1 dish of the restaurant Hokkaido Miso Ramen ($15), the presentation looked very good, a lot bigger than mine, which is what they called the Top No.2 Paitan Ramen ($12), and more veges inside. However, we didn't know why, when we tried the mince meat ball in the Hokkaido Miso Ramen, it was cold, not even warm. And my friend thought the ingredients they use was not very fresh, especially the noodles, I could tell it as well, could taste a sense of stale. The interesting thing was, for the Hokkaido Miso Ramen,they provided the sesame grinder for you to DIY your sesame powder.

5 star rating
by Fries With That
4 months ago

Just moved to this area for work and have been trying the local outlets for lunch, this place is a winner, dine in and experience fantastic tasting authentic Japanese food on a not so exciting street, but inside it is great. Looking forward to being a regular here. I had chicken on rice today with salad between chicken and rice, not at all stodgy.

2 star rating
by Jason Steenstra-Pickens
5 months ago

I had the Hokkaido spicy pork with 2 extra and 1 pork belly. First of all the soup was quite nice and I enjoyed that part. Unfortunately that's where the good points end. The extra is not 'extra' it is the total - quite confusing. The meat is very thinly shaved and small. The pork belly was definitely not slow cooked and I had to use my hands to chew through the fat. I would have rated higher if I didn't know other places that are just as cheap but far better. Unfortunately I don't think I will ever go back.

5 star rating
by Bobby Anderson
5 months ago

Love the Hokkaido ramen, well done guys!

5 star rating
by Papakento
5 months ago

Best Miso Ramen in Auckland and I am from Hokkaido. Saying something. Good job. Soup was tasty, noodles were done just right and generous serve of toppings. オークランドで一番うまい味噌ラーメン!

4 star rating
by Gentlepig
5 months ago

Ramen Do had one job to do, and it did it well. It was a cold winter night and I needed a hot bowl of flavoursome broth with some carbs in it. Job done! I've had some of the best ramen in the world in Tokyo and throughout the Kansai region so perhaps my standards are a bit high - but the broth isn't quite special enough. Ramen joints are always an event for me, as it's always exciting to see what take an establishment has on the classics. Ramen Do do what they do well, but not exceedingly so.

4 star rating
by HJ
5 months ago

Casual Japanese food done well. Parking isn't the easiest being on Symonds st so you may have to walk a little. The restaurant is well setup with the space they have, almost cafe style. The menu isn't huge but they have a good selection on offer. We ordered the vegetable fried noodles and the teriyaki tofu don - both dishes were fresh and saucey. Would return again!

5 star rating
by Cindy
5 months ago

It was hard to get a car park in front of the shop. So be prepare to walk from a little away. We ordered Hokkaido Miso Ramen and tuke men. The Hokkaido miso ramen was so good came with BBQ pork and plenty of veggie. The miso soup base was so thick and tasty. The tuke men is noodle placed on a tray and there was a pot of hot soup for you to dip warm then transferred to another bowl of soup to eat. We love the ramen served!

5 star rating
by Seb Yuntian Liu
5 months ago

Fine establishment. The noodles are themselves are as good as the other ramen places around town. The broth is very tasty and not as fatty as competitors. I do recommend large size for guys in think it is $1 more than the normal serving. Give it a go!

4 star rating
by Jennie
6 months ago

I came here on a chilly Friday evening after work because I was seriously craving some delicious hot ramen to warm my insides and satisfy the taste buds.. and Ramen Do definitely did not disappoint.

My friend and I both ordered the famous Hokkaido Miso Ramen (with pork slices) for $15.  The ramen was cooked well and had great texture.  The miso broth was full of flavour but not too salty.  I definitely recommend adding a bit of spice for that extra kick! The pork was delicious and tender.  But the best has to be the perfectly cooked soft ramen egg - if only there was more!  Overall the dish was generous in size with a good ratio of toppings vs ramen (better ratio than many other ramen places in Auckland).  Highly recommend!!!

4 star rating
by Eatyofeelings
6 months ago

The misokara (spicy miso) ramen is hands down the best in New Zealand. If you did a blind test of this ramen to ramen in Japan it would definitely hold it's own. The other styles are better than the standard but the miso kara here on a cold winters day is out of this world. The gyozas sadly aren't the best so it would be best to focus on the ramen they do so well.

4 star rating
by Queena
6 months ago

Never knew there was a nice little ramen place here. Staff are very friendly and polite.

I like their ramen. Better than a few places that I've been to. I forgot what the name of me ramen was called but it was nice but the soup base was a little too heavy. Quite oily and too much to handle. The egg was cooked to perfection. It's definitely safer to go with like a miso soy or salt base which is what my friend got. Not as empowering and oily.

Would come back to this place just to try out their salt or soy soup based ramen.

Also. Our girl Lorde has been here before and loves this place. "Best ramen in town!" So extra points to that haha.

4 star rating
by Delyce
8 months ago

Great food and attentive staff. Hokkaido Ramen is the speciality of this place and it doesn't disappoint with great flavour, plentiful pork belly and we'll paired matching of slivers of a type of fruit on top. Definitely worth pairing this dish with a boiled egg for extra flavour.

4 star rating
by Tanz
8 months ago

Good food and great service.

I liked Paitan ramen, however it's more like a lot of noodle but not much meat and you have to order extra for more meat/veg/egg. But if you are happy with noodle and soup so it's alright :)

3 star rating
by Issy Lewis
9 months ago

Three of us went to try out ramen do after searching for a cheap, quick place to eat. This place delivered on speed, price, and portion size, however it failed to pack a punch and impress with flavour. I probably wouldn't come here again but would recommend it to a few mates who love the challenge of a huge meal!

0 star rating
by Jack Guan
Nov 24, 2014

Small portions, hence making it relatively pricey. Good service but surprised that mains came out before side dishes...

5 star rating
by Wayne Xiong
Sep 04, 2014

Hello! First review. No I'm not paid to do this lol

tl;dr: medium price. debatable noodles, debatable soup, amazing toppings, pretty good quality&quantity. hokkaido raamen my favourite. get the $15 one. yummy!

ramen-do on symonds st; to date this is my favourite raamen place.

I have been to (from the top of my head):
Daikoku raamen, victoria st and downtown*****(lots mmm yummy. but not enough toppings)
Kiraku, elliot st*****(one of the first raamens i went to. but....not yummy anymore....)
Takara, browns bay*****(thats some good soup. haven't been there enough)
Ichiban, albert st,*****(like japan's iconic good rough cheap raamen. but cockroaches...)
Tanpopo, anzac ave*****(man they love their leek. and occasional fat in their soup. me? occasionally)
Dragon Bowl, dominion rd*****(they've got some interesting hidden options. haven't been there enough)
Genzui, crown plaza/atrium on elliot*****(pretty interesting miso. not really anything else)

-that self-grounded sesame seed
-some of the items have SOOO many GORJESUS toppings
-omg that bbq pork belly strip topping
-they actually have tsukemen and, whilst i've had better in japan, this one is quite alright. i still make better at home :D
-omfg that egg. and hey i've been there dozens and that egg is always eggtastic. #hardworkdedication-speaking of which, actually, my experience with ramendo is consistent
-that is some nice agedashi tofu (not sure if it's meant to be like that though)
-the boss is a cute little oldish man. makes me feel like he's pilgrimaging away from his own country to live a life of quiet solitude and servitude to the philosophy of spreading yummy raamens..... errr

-not the most porky tonkotsu soup
-that noodle is bordering southeastasian egg noodles
-the joint is usually empty :( so lonely and quiet
-the establishment isn't as cosy as some others. also sometimes stuffy
-dishes can take a while if the place is chocker
-the boss don't really speak our native tongue


5 star rating
by Rice & Kai
Aug 27, 2014

We came here for lunch on a Sunday.  The service was polite and efficient and there were plenty of seats available.
My husband ordered the spicy miso ramen with extra pork.  He found this to be delicious with a good level of heat and enjoyed the sesame seeds on the side which you crush yourself and add according to taste.  Apparently this is the most popular ramen ordered here and we could see why.
I had the paitan salt ramen which I really liked.  Salty and flavourful with good, chewy noodles, it was a very satisfying meal on a chilly day.  I loved the egg that came with it, runny yolk and a nice, sweet flavour - next time I will be sorely tempted to order an extra one!
We really enjoyed our meal here and will definitely come back.  Thanks for the recommendations Genie @ BunnyEatsDesign  and Nom Nom Panda.

5 star rating
by BruceLee
Aug 10, 2014

My fav ramen shop of all. Very authentic, tasty and great value. The ramen chef is obviously very skilled and treats it like an art. Ramen Do in CBD pails in comparison and should not be allowed to carry the name.

5 star rating
by Nom Nom Panda
May 29, 2014

Rating based on our favourite dishes at this little eatery: the Hokkaido miso ramen and the tsukemen - probably the best ramen we have had in Auckland. We keep ordering these again and again, so haven't had much chance to try to rest of the menu.

While you can pay for extra toppings, we found these noodle meals to be more than enough food already. And we love the marinated egg halves that come with them, with the yolk translucent and just barely set.

You can read more about this restaurant and check our some extra pictures at http://nomnompanda.blogspot.co.nz/2014/05/review-ramen-do-eden-terrace.html

4 star rating
by Jim Wang
May 11, 2014

Lived in Melbourne and came here to Auckland for a short business trip. I've been to a few Ramen places in CBD area and I must say Ramen Do has probably one of the best Ramen in town. Love the noodles, soup and the excellent presentation of Ramen. Highly recommended to all Kiwis or Aussies who love the authentic taste of Ramen but cannot afford to go to Japan, this place is definitely worth a try!

2 star rating
by Zany
Mar 22, 2014

Walking in I was instantly choked at stuffy air and heat of this place. Clearly the tiny exhaust fan above the front entrance is doing nothing for this place. A couple next to us were fanning themselves franticly with the menus. I had the miso ramen with extra pork top up. It was very bitter and packed with bean sprouts. I had to take out all the bean sprouts which was about 1 third of the bowl to kill some of the bitterness, but that didn't help. The pork top up wasn't even noticeable. Wife had the soy ramen and said it was very salty and bitter has well. She didn't get any top ups, so her bowl didn't have much toppings. I've spent weeks in Japan eating nothing but ramen everyday because its the cheapest and easiest thing to eat there so I know a good ramen when I eat one. This place is rubbish. Seems like the cooks came to NZ and couldn't find a job. So they start up a ramen shop with no experience at all which results in bad soups. I guess an expert ramen cook in Japan wouldn't be able to migrate to another country anyway.

5 star rating
by Genie @ BunnyEatsDesign
Mar 14, 2014

Two of us visited Ramen Do for a quick, casual meal. No booking, just strolled on in. Ramen Do feels a bit like a casual cafe rather than a restaurant.

We both ordered the Miso base ramen with extra meat and shared an order of pork gyoza and Agedashi tofu. The gyoza were excellent, panfried and a lovely flavour and texture.

Agedashi tofu was unusual. Not like the photo on their website, but more like a bowl full of dark gravy with something lurking below the surface. The tofu was silky and the sauce was delicious. We ate/drank all of the tofu and sauce. The bill came to about $40 for 2 people and we were very, VERY full. I actually couldn't finish all my noodles and broth, though I may have if we hadn't already shared 2 side dishes. My advice would be to order ramen first and get side dishes only if you're still feeling hungry afterwards (very unlikely). The hanjuku egg that comes with ramen (or add to your rice dish for $1) is melt in your mouth delicious. I highly reccomend adding a hanjuku egg to your meal if it doesn't come with.

I've also popped in to try their teriyaki tofu don and their pork charshu don. The tofu was light and refreshing but I found the pork charshu don much too salty. Their rice dishes are ok, but their ramen is where it's at. I will stick to ramen in future. I look forward to trying their other ramen. They even have a vegetable ramen which is very unusual.

Service is functional and the restaurant was quite busy despite the day, the weather and location. This place would be great in winter, but very hot otherwise (no air con).

Note: Ramen Do have no liquor license. They should really do BYO here. There is even a liquor store next door!

Feedback: Serviettes should be larger, or more plentiful and I wish the spoons were bigger too. They are long stemmed but very small at the head, not the big ramen ladles that we expected.

5 star rating
by Chops
Mar 04, 2014


This is my other ramen eatery, very good service and yummy ramen. Dumplings are very good to but you only get four, the ramen has much more meat than any other ramen shop in Auckland.

The only issue I have with Ramendo is they don't have any soy sauce or chili oil on the tables!

3 star rating
by Arietta @ KJAS Blog
Jan 06, 2014

Ramen Do is one of those places I've always been meaning to visit because I've heard really good things about the quality of the noodles and how the bowl was well-sized for the price. Just conveniently near a bus stop, it was on my way one day so I decided to go in.

I got a soy ramen and since there was a Facebook page promotion I also received a complimentary green tea sorbet in red bean sauce. The ramen was good, nothing exceptional or authentic to Japan for the price but I liked how you could buy extra toppings if you so wished. The meat was a bit tough and the bamboo shoots tasted strange (I think it was the canned kind that keeps them in a liquid that gives it that strange taste). The soup was flavoursome, as good soups should be, and the noodles soaked in the flavour well, but it wasn't a sizeable bowl as I was expecting. The soup was also very dark, which made me wonder if it had been coloured, but I guess maybe they just use a dark soy sauce.

I've had better ramen in the CBD for a few dollars less to be honest. Unless you really enjoy green tea flavoured things, the dessert isn't anything to write home about and there unfortunately was a bit of hair in my dessert dish too or I would've rated it 3.5. Not sure I'd go back again, but it is the only ramen place in that area so probably a convenient under $20 eat if you work nearby or something like that.

5 star rating
by Lucy Hopkins
Oct 28, 2013

I love Ramen Do!!!

My boyfriend and I eat here at least once a week, we can't get enough!
Very generous portion sizes and a huge range of flavours (They also do a few appetisers and rice dishes which are also delicious). We have tried a lot of ramen at other Japanese restaurants around Auckland but nothing beats Ramen Do!
I'm no expert but I believe this would have to be the most authentic tasting ramen in town.
The staff are always so welcoming and have even remembered our usual orders!
Definitely worth a visit.

5 star rating
by Owen Wang
Oct 06, 2013

I'm not much of a noodles person, but this place simply blew me away!

I went for a simple lunch and was first surprised by how quickly the food was served. The ramen is simply excellent - a sensational experience on the taste bud, a generously filling portion, and absolutely flawless authenticity from the meal to the store.

The customer service is another thing that is quite worthy of note. The staff were warm and welcoming, extremely courteous yet relaxingly friendly.

I highly recommend this restaurant, even if ramen isn't your usual thing. I look forward to my next visit!

5 star rating
by Alex
Aug 10, 2013

Great food and good service. The presentation of their ramen look so mouth watering, good flavors too. Big portion compare to price. My favorite there is Hokkaido ramen. Authentic Japanese soup compare to other ramen shop, never makes you mouth feel dry after having it.

5 star rating
by Erin Jay
Aug 04, 2013

Great, authentic food. The ramen is delicious but they also do other meals really well (dumplings, and rice dishes). They have lots of things you can choose to add to your ramen to make it just how you like it. Authentic decor as well. Worth a visit!

5 star rating
by Lanny
May 23, 2013

Prefect ramen, full of flavors and big portion. Side dishes were very tasty too. Very prompt service and good value for money. If you are looking for a great winter warmer meal, Ramen Do is the place to go.

5 star rating
by Paiaka
Apr 27, 2013

Best Ramen in Auckland. As good as any Ramen-Ya in Japan. Authentic soup stocks and pork belly so flavour is the real deal. Lots of fresh side options/toppings and no fake or processed shit like you get in the many Korean or Chinese owned Japanese restaurants that are all over Auckland. Awesome Gyoza as well. Lots of Hokkaido love and tradition in this food so will be going back for more!

5 star rating
by 3possibilites
Feb 06, 2013

Love this place. Best Ramen in town. Love the Hokkaido Ramen.. Yummmmm. The broth is so tasteful and the ramen itself, I think the chef must have made the noodles himself. Love the pork and minced pork by the side. Side with small mortar and pester to grind your own sesame seeds according to your taste buds. What more can I say?

5 star rating
by Noms Burger
Dec 15, 2012

I have tried a lot of different Ramen places around town and this is a good Ramen restaurant..
The Ramen has great flavour, selection and they don't hold back on ingredients. I really appreciated the smaller details like having dish where you can grind your sesame seeds before adding it to the soup and a range of toppings on each Ramen (some other places are very limited).
There is a deconstructed Ramen dish (Tsukemen), which lets mix your Ramen together the way you want. That is pretty cool!
The only down side is their ramen can be a bit too salty for my liking.

5 star rating
by Rangi
Sep 11, 2012

One of the best Ramen places in town. Lots of pork and the noodles don't taste like two minute noodles. Authentic place, the Ramen Chef is the man. Only downside though is they need to have disposable bamboo chopsticks. The chopsticks they have there are far too slippery for us Western people.

5 star rating
by Yuki
Mar 19, 2012

this MISO Ramen is the best!
This restaurant's Miso Ramen is my favorite Japanese Ramen in Auckland! =) lots of veges and pork on it. make me soooo full & satisfied always.
plus you can relax in the restaurant as long as you like.

but their chopsticks are very slippy, - no good for Ramen..

4 star rating
by Strong206
Mar 02, 2012

I thought the Ramen was good at Tanpopo until I tasted this place. Would highly recommend the "gyokai" fish stock Ramen, it's the best in town.
Happy dining ,elvinos

5 star rating
by PK
Dec 14, 2011

Definitely the best Ramen in Auckland. I've been waiting for this place since I came back from Japan. The size is substantial and the options are really good e.g. extra noodles, meat etc. Blows away all other ramen in Auckland by some distance.

5 star rating
by Brett Shirreffs
Jun 28, 2011

I wholeheartedly agree with the first review! My cha-shu miso ramen was at least as good as any ramen I've had in Japan, and better than most. The gyoza were subtle and delicious, not too heavy. And the whole lot was amazing value for money too. Perfect for a warming winter lunch and an absolute must for anyone who loves Japanese cuisine.

5 star rating
by KAR
Jun 16, 2011

I have tried in different ramen places in auckland but this is far the best ramen i had.. Spicy miso ramen was really good, rich and porky with a big piece of roasted pork belly... I can't wait to go back!!!