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RaRamen - Great Value Chinese and Home Made Noodles

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Raramen is a recommended destination for families wanting to dine out on a budget. Even when it comes to value dining you still need the food to be above par. Raramen delivers in my opinion. We had a great family night at Raramen with both adults and kids satisfied.

Raramen has two restaurants - Glen Waverley and Box Hill. The fit out is modern with upmarket tall chairs and chunky tables. The longer tables are perfect for groups. The walls are plain without artwork - unlike other Asian restaurants. Staff greet you and hand out menus. They are trained to be attentive and will wait just back from your table during the dining experience.

It didn't worry me that I had to go and get my bowls and cutlery from a table at the back of the restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised that the kids (and adults if you want) get free slurpies, and there is also free Chinese tea - again just help yourself. My kids love the Chinese tea as well as the slurpies.

We all enjoyed the cuisine at Raramen as it was fresh, tasty and the portions generous. I preferred it here to some of the more salubrious establishments nearby. And a bonus is that the cost here is more than reasonable.

The Hand made noodles with beef was wonderful. We saw the Chef preparing noodles in the open kitchen with great skill. You can tell the difference when noodles are fresh  and hand made. Sumptious noodles, tender beef, large mushrooms and fresh vegetables. And this one serving fed our family.

The Pork fried dumplings were also excellent. I am a fussy dumpling eater given there's so many accomplished dumpling places around. I always look to see whether there are holes in the dumplings for the juice to escape. Raramen passed the test. The pork and chives filling was tasty and the casing not too thick. My only comment would be I would like them a little bit more fried and crispy, but that's personal preference. You can purchase frozen dumplings here at reasonable prices.

Our kids always enjoy a fried rice. This dish can be hit and miss, often non descript in restaurants around the city. The fried rice at Raramen was a winner with perfectly cooked rice, generous ingredients, particularly plenty of egg, and it had that "seasoned wok" taste that I hope for.

The Chicken skewers were also a hit with the family. You get two large skewers for every serving. So we had half a skewer each and were satisfied. This dish comes with tangy pickled cabbageRaramen has an atmosphere that appealed to us, with lots of Chinese being spoken between the staff, and plenty of action in the open kitchen.

RaRamen is a popular restaurant. We arrived early but the place was packed by 6pm on a weeknight.

Amusingly this is one Chinese restaurant without pictures of menu items. I was able to help a lady asking about a dish at the counter by showing her a few pictures I had taken. Then when we left I was asked in the street by a group if I could recommend any Chinese restaurants in the area - I pointed to Raramen.

I understand this is not a hatted restaurant. But family dining is about pleasing the whole family and Raramen did that. We intend to return...

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David Hagger is a bald headed man with a penchant for finery, convivial dining, and festive culture. He honestly believes Melbourne is an impressive global city.


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    Benji Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    Wow. I'm a regular of raramen. Being a uni (deakin) student it is cheap enough. But I think you are invested in the place. The food is average at best and the serves vary each visit and most times between me and my friends on the same visit. It can't serve two bowls of stewed beef ramen with the same amount of meat? And the service is awful. Like I said. Cheap uni food. And not that great.

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    The World Loves Melbourne Tuesday, 15 January 2013

    I respect your comments Benji. We had an excellent experience when we visited and felt it was tasty enjoyable food and great value. No investment in this restaurant. Hoping to revisit soon and will review again. Cheers David, The World Loves Melbourne.

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