Ramen Do

4 star rating 23 reviews

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09 3771313

167 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland

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

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Reviews for Ramen Do

5 star rating
by Wayne Xiong
2 months ago

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)

HIGHLIGHTS:
-that self-grounded sesame seed
-some of the items have SOOO many GORJESUS toppings
-omg that bbq pork belly strip topping
-huge raamens (o_O) DONT TOUCH ME YOU DAMN DIRTY RAAMEN
-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

LOWDARKS:
-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

HOKKAIDO RAAMEN GO

5 star rating
by Rice & Kai
3 months ago

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 {uid:1562933}  and {uid:1510625}.

5 star rating
by BruceLee
3 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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 Dan
8 months ago

Yes!!!

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 Yin
10 months ago

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 Erika Johnston
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 Minyee Seow
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, but this by far my favourite.
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!

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!!!