Canteen meals was by no means this good!

Rooster katsu rice bowl… crispy on the skin, moist on the within and embellished with drizzles of creamy Kewpie. Picture: Wendy Johnson

“At Canteen, every noodle is handmade each day on web site from Australian durum wheat, rye flour and kansui in a customized nood room.” Eating reviewer WENDY JOHNSON’s been a brand new place on the Dairy Street Precinct. 

ATTENTION all noods. It’s time to move to Canteen, Dairy Street Precinct. 

Wendy Johnson.

We visited on Canteen’s first day and the group carried out with precision, coping with the odd glitch professionally. 

At Canteen, every noodle is handmade each day on web site from Australian durum wheat, rye flour and kansui in a customized nood room. Canteen pays full respect to Japanese Tori-style ramen that includes steaming sizzling rooster broth with distinctive flavour. The menu is absolutely centered on Japanese delicacies, with some French influences.

Canteen additionally lovingly creates enjoyable, tasty Japanese sandos, particular rice bowls and extra.

Select from three consuming zones – shared courtyard within the lobby of the constructing, out of doors backyard courtyard (furnishings nonetheless coming) and indoors (order with a QR code after which it’s desk service). We settled indoors fascinated by the large gleaming pots and gigantic sieves and industrial power emulsifiers within the open-concept kitchen, all put to work to supply bowl after bowl of completely scrumptious ramen.

Our tastebuds had been tantalised with the nice and cozy edamame with soy and wasabi ($8) and, simply because we might, we ordered the fries with Daddy sauce ($8). They had been skinny, piping sizzling, perked up with nori salt and served with a bowl of house-made barbecue sauce (secret elements) and a dollop of that well-known kewpie Japanese mayo. Who’s Daddy? Ramen Daddy, in fact, which has developed a cult following in Canberra.

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It’s no marvel ramen is sometimes called Japanese soul meals. 4 sorts are on Canteen’s menu and the Sizzling Daddy ($21) was spectacularly spicy with excellent noodles (not soggy). It was loaded with yum toppings, lots of which add texture, and a superbly cooked egg. 

The mazesoba (soupless ramen) with spicy miso pork was equally glorious ($21) and, once more, the noods had that excellent chew (nothing worse than a gluggy nood). The pork is sluggish cooked and so tender. We slurped away loving each chunk of our multi-layered umami expertise.

Canteen dishes up rice bowls and the rooster katsu ($20) was packed filled with goodness. The rooster, tremendous crispy on the skin and moist on the within, was embellished with drizzles of creamy kewpie.

Final, however undoubtedly not least, was the tremendous horny crème caramel ($10). OMG. It’s among the best, if not the greatest, we’d had, and we had been instructed {that a} small quantity of brown sugar is used in the direction of the tip to reinforce the light burnt flavour. 

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Canteen specialises in Japanese and Australian spirits, wine, beer and sake. Employees are extremely educated and fortunately supply strategies. Cocktails are uber cool.

Congrats to the employees for stacking dishes quietly. Canteen has paid big consideration to sound proofing with its up to date inside design, however restaurant operations could be noisy. Canteen’s employees function with care.


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Ian Meikle, editor