FRANCHISING | Staff Reporter, Australia

Ippudo arrives in Melbourne and Perth

It has opened in QV in Melbourne and Kings Square in Perth.

Originating from Hakata, Japan, Shigemi Kawahara opened his first store in 1985. In 1990, Shigemi Kawahara, entered the Hall of Fame for winning a Japanese ramen TV competition, "TV Champion" three consecutive times.

The QV bar and restaurant seats up to 98 people and offers classic Ippudo ramen along with an extensive menu of signature dishes, cold and hot appetisers, salads, rice bowls and housemade desserts. Meanwhile, the Perth store will reside in Kings Square and will seat 90 people.

“To continuously innovate to remain true. This has been our driving philosophy from when we opened the first Ippudi in 1985 to now, where we have locations in over 13 countries worldwide. We are always looking to spread smile and 'arigatou' (thank you) through ramen around the world, and we can’t wait to open our first Ippudo in Melbourne,” says Ramen King, Shigemi Kawahara.

The ramen menu selection includes the Shiromaru Motoaji, IPPUDO’s original tonkotsu broth with pork ($15), the Akamaru Shinaji, which takes their tonkotsu broth and enhances it with miso paste and garlic oil ($16), and the Karaka-Men, their original tonkotsu broth topped with spicy miso paste.

Like its counter parts around the world, the interiors of IPPUDO QV are a modern take on traditional Japanese design whilst the Perth site features interior design by MYU Planning (Japan) and Giant Design ( Sydney ). The team have used a concise palette of humble materials such as light oak throughout the restaurant and bar.

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