The ambiance has a very familiar Ippudo vibe, though adds a touch of class with a breathtaking feature wall of white soup spoons contrasting against the black Ippudo name - elegant and modern.
The Seared Salmon Sushi ($13, below) were quite generous portions of fresh salmon and creamy avocado wrapped around a bed of rice with tasty mentai sauce on top. The sauce was perhaps a tad too generous and overpowered the gorgeous salmon but it was still the absolute highlight dish of the night.
Ippudo's Japanese interpretation of fish and chips was very unique (below).The fried salmon fillet with chunky chips and fried egg had two new sauces - spicy ketchup and a sour cream mayo. The spicy ketchup packed a solid flavoursome punch, and the sour cream mayo a moreish depth - this duo was sensational when mixed together! You must try this!!!!!
Ippudo offer a choice of noodles in soft, medium and hard. The below picture is of the special miso tonkotsu ramen in medium noodles ($25). The ramen had flavoured egg, simmered pork belly, roasted seaweed, fungi strips, bamboo shoots and spring onions.
The special ramen (super sized) means you are pretty much ordering all you can eat ramen and will eat like a king! You will receive your ramen served with a separate plate containing a rather generous combination of extra condiments, that if you added all to your bowl, you will have to dig deep to discover your precious ramen noodles.
The Akamaru Ramen (above) was exceptionally tasty! Between the wavy medium noodles and the straight hard noodles which had a bit more al dente bite - it was a hard choice.
All in all, Ippudo Central Park has retained much of its signature menu, friendly service and ambience. What it also brings to the table is a bit more of a classy interior and really interesting new side dishes that's definitely going to tempt your tastebuds!
Really enjoyed the new menu, and look forward to visiting again to try a few more new dishes. My most recent Ippudo experience was dramatically and significantly more awesome than my last experience.
Opens: Ippudo's second Sydney restaurant at Central Park opens on 2nd October 2014.
Location: Level 1 RB07, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Note: Please note I dined as a guest of Ippudo. Thanks to Sana, Marketing Manager and also my mysterious ghost writer who wrote the majority of this post. She's very good at eating.