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Taro

Queensland’s newest restaurants and eateries

THE purple and pinks of Racecourse Road’s Thai Talay have been banished, making way for the simple lines and handmade wooden-topped tables of Taro’s Ramen & Café. 
The new venue is a sibling for Taro’s Ramen & Café’s Adelaide St city branch and it opened quietly in Ascot last week.

Owner Taro Akimoto says diners can expect an expanded drinks selection at the new suburban digs, featuring plenty of wines by-the-glass, with Riedel glassware to match the upscale location. There’s also the usual quirky range of beer, including Japanese rice lager, alongside sake, umeshu and shochu.

“I’ve installed a Vintec cabinet and the wines will be premium, but at budget prices,’’ Mr Akimoto said.

“It’s still counter service but we’ll be providing quality.’’

The bulk of the wine list falls in the $20-$40 category, with some by-the-glass choices as low as $6.20. All the Taro’s Ramen & Café city noodle favourites put in an appearance at Mr Akimoto’s second venue, from the celebrated red and fire tonkotsu options through to shio, shoyu and miso ramen offerings. Noodles and chilli oil are made in-house, the eggs are organic from the Darling Downs, and pork is Sweet Pork from Bangalow

At Ascot, there’s a slightly wider choice of ‘tapas’ designed for dinner service, everything from sweet chilli and curry karaage chicken to handmade gyoza. The city’s popular order-ahead option of shabu shabu is also available.

At the city venue, Mr Akimoto said he now planned to trial late night ramen sittings. From October 15-18 he would keep the kitchen open until 11pm to gauge demand.

Taro Akimoto of Taro's Ramen & Cafe, Ascot. Picture: Mark Calleja

Taro Akimoto of Taro’s Ramen & Cafe, Ascot. Picture: Mark Calleja

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