As far as worldwide food sensations go, in the league of the legendary online food phenomenons, it apparently seems that the Ramen Burger is the new Cronut. I was wondering when the Ramen Burger would reach Perth, considering that quite a few "clone-nuts" had already started popping up. The idea of eating a burger that is held together by two Ramen "buns" seems quite heavy to me. It reminds me of some accidental uni student concoction, where maybe there was a shortage of bread and two ramen packets were unwrapped and substituted in. Coincidentally, Perth's first Ramen Burger arrived via a Japanese restaurant that I had reviewed earlier on in the year. (You can read my full review on Shiro Izakaya's Tasting Menu here)
As much as I'd love to enjoy the restaurant's beautiful ambiance again, Shiro's Ramen Burger is take away only. It does mean that you'll have to find some corner of Central Park that isn't occupied during the CBD's busy lunch hour, but the lunch location scout was well worth it - the weather has been getting beautiful!
As for the burger itself - it was as heavy as I expected. Granted, food phenomenons are rather gimmicky and they really are not for everyone. The Ramen buns were crunchy on the inside and rather gelatinous on the inside but largely flavourless. I was a little disappointed that the cheese wasn't fully melted over the patty; for me, that's the best part of a cheeseburger!
In truth, I ordered the spicy burger by accident! (I would have much preferred the teriyaki) We didn't get to unwrap our orders until we had found a seat, which was a good 15 minutes after they were done. The time in between would have added to the stoggyness and heaviness of the burger. I'm crossing my fingers that Shiro, or any other Japanese eatery in Perth will soon come up with Rice Burgers! Fresh Tuna/Salmon and Avocado or Unagi Rice Burgers? Here's hoping!
What I am surprised by, is how nobody else in Perth had thought of doing Tempura Fries before. It's an amazing and simple concept, which Shiro executed very well. The chips were light, very crispy and textural - even without the addition of chilli salt, they were extremely tasty! Even though the Ramen Burger was the big ticket item, it's actually the tempura fries that I would go back for. Here's hoping that Shiro will offer them as a separate takeaway option soon!