Gold Coast favourite I Like Ramen has set up shop in Brisbane, slinging its brothy vegan noodle bowls out of The Flying Cock. It's a case of one door closing and another one opening, with the Fortitude Valley watering hole saying goodbye to chicken-focused eatery The Coop in mid-October. I Like Ramen now takes its place in the freshly revamped space, following a number of pop-ups onsite in late August and early September.
It's a permanent arrangement, so punters can slurp their way through a range of meat-free dishes from Wednesday to Saturday each week. I Like Ramen will open for dinner every night, and for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays too, slinging seven types of ramen and a smattering of other options.
It's a mix of old classics from the Gold Coast menu, plus a few additions. When it comes to the main dish, Brisbanites can choose from chick'n white miso, mushroom in an earthy shiitake and soy soup, kimchi with plenty of spice, 'mean green' with spinach, bok choy and wakame, and cauliflower and onion with crispy beetroot and charred corn. If you can't decide, you can nab a combination of two flavours — and if you're extra hungry, the loaded option includes almost everything. Those after a more adventurous type of noodle can also opt for activated charcoal ramen.
Among the non-ramen highlights sits the panko mushroom po'boy, which is made with panko-crumbed mushrooms that are flavoured to taste like sour cream and onion. And as for sides and small plates, the range spans panko mushroom and kimchi bao, shiitake mushroom croquettes and agedashi tofu with shiitake dashi, as well as garlic soy Asian greens, kimchi potatoes and panko mushrooms on their own.