The Best Ramen in Auckland

Traditional Japanese noodle soup is one of the most popular dishes around the world, both in it's traditional form and taking on local flavors in all corners of the globe. It's pretty hard to go anywhere these days and not find a decent ramen restaurant.

Auckland is spoilt for choice with a great range of excellent ramen restaurants. We've done the leg work for you and hand picked what we think are the best ramen places in all parts of Auckland…

Ramen Takara

Owned and operated by Yuki since 2007, Ramen Takara builds on the traditional style of Japanese ramen that Yuki learned from his father, Hōchinrō, who ran his own successful ramen shop in the shadow of Mt Fuji. But Yuki is also forward thinking and prides himself on using fresh local ingredients and flavors to deliver a product that is at once traditional and contemporary.

BEST FOR
Authentic and inexpensive Japanese style ramen
WEBSITE
https://www.ramentakara.co.nz/ponsonby.html
ADDRESS

272 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

CONTACT DETAILS
09 360 6111
OPERATING HOURS
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 9:30 PM

The is my business

Highlights:

  • Since 2007
  • Value for money
  • Authentic Japanese style
  • Convenient location

Spicy Ramen bowl is no joke, we are spice lovers and this really hit the spot. Great vibe and great food

Lee Griffiths

ZOOLZOOL

ZOOLZOOL is owned and operated by celebrated Auckland duo Toru Hirae and Kazuya Yamauchi, who were already well known for their successful central city eatery, Kazuya. They opened ZOOLZOOL to offer a different dining experience in the Izakaya style, offering a range of incredible ramen options along with a great range of Japanese whisky and sake…why not! Since opening ZOOLZOOL has become a firm favorite with ramen lovers city wide.

BEST FOR
Izakaya (Japanese tavern style) dining experience
WEBSITE
https://zoolzool.co.nz/
ADDRESS

405 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024

CONTACT DETAILS
09 630 4445
OPERATING HOURS
Lunch
Tue – Thu : 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Fri : 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sat : 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue – Sat : 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Closed
Sunday, Monday and public holidays

This is my business

Highlights:

  • Cosy vibe
  • Orion beer! (one of Japan's best brews)
  • Incredible vegetarian ramen
  • Great selection of Japanese whisky
  • Super friendly staff

The whole family loves Zool Zool. We used to have it all the time when we lived in Mt Eden and now we drive 30 mins from Hobsonville just to have it. Best ramen in Auckland!

Max Hewett

Ajisen

Ajisen originated in Kuamoto, Japan, in 1968, and has grown to be one of the worlds largest chains of ramen and noodle restaurants in the world. So yes, it is true they are a big chain, but don't let that put you off. There is a reason they've been successful, and honestly the formula isn't that complicated…great tasting ramen noodles, served cheap and fast in a comfortable setting. If you are after a genuine Japanese fast noodle experience this is the place.

BEST FOR
Fast and cheap eats
WEBSITE
https://www.ajisen.co.nz/
ADDRESS

5-7 Kingdon Street Newmarket Auckland

CONTACT DETAILS
09 218 9977
OPERATING HOURS
Lunch
Tue – Sun : 11.30 – 3pm
Dinner
Tue – Thur : 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat : 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Sun : 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This is my business

Highlights:

  • Cheap and fast service
  • Extensive menu with loads of options
  • Great selection of Japanese tapas for sharing
  • Amazing Kimichi Beef noodles!!

Great service, great food! The ramen was soo good – broth was full of flavour! Enjoyed it so much!

Tusi Filipo

Chop Chop

Chop Chop is a fabulous joint in Ponsonby Central, and offers a real fusion of Asian styles and western hospitality…they literally call themselves the noodle saloon, and that's a pretty apt description. It is a very intimate setting dominated by a central bar and kitchen with the best seats at the bar looking right in on the action. You'll never be bored. Oh and the ramen is brilliant. If you want to mix it up try the tempura corn balls!

BEST FOR
Great for a cosy date night or a catch up with a friend
WEBSITE
https://ponsonbychopchop.co.nz/
ADDRESS

Ponsonby Central, 140 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.

CONTACT DETAILS
09 360 0708

This is my business

Highlights:

  • Reasonable prices and fast service
  • Cool and intimate ambience
  • Vegetarian Miso Ramen is super good
  • The tempura corn balls are amazing

Enjoyable atmosphere with quick and attentive staff. Food is consistently good quality and well priced.

Tony Mengel

Daikoku Botany

What to say about Daikoku? It is an absolute institution in Auckland, opening way back in 1989 as the first teppanyaki and ramen noodle house in the city. Aucklanders quickly caught the bug for genuine Japanese noodles and Daikoku actually have seven locations around Auckland, any of which is worth a visit.

BEST FOR
A super fun night out with friends. Talk about kitchen theatre!
SERVICES
Teppanyaki and Ramen!
WEBSITE
https://daikoku.co.nz/
ADDRESS

1st Floor ASB Bank, Botany Shopping Centre, East Tamaki

CONTACT DETAILS
09 273 8222
OPERATING HOURS
Lunch
12 – 2pm
Dinner
5:30pm to Late (last order 8:30pm)

This is my business

Highlights:

  • Daikoku is famous for the theatrics of their chefs
  • Incredible ramen, but also offer teppanyaki and other Japanese cuisine to keep everyone happy

Vey delicious foods also good traditional Japanese foods. Good stuff and make sure chosen foods menu while preparing foods also two choice for Teppanyaki Lunch or Japanese Cuisine Lunch too in Botany Downs

Victor Han

Tanpopo Ramen

Tanpopo positions itself as a "real Japanese ramen bar" and that is exactly what it is. Owned by first generation Japanese immigrant, Michio Kurihara, Tanpopo reflects Michio's training as a master ramen chef in Japan. His goal in opening Tanpopo was to offer up authentic Japanese flavors to a kiwi audience, and to discerning Japanese residents who want a real falvor of home.

BEST FOR
A real local Japanese ramen bar experience
WEBSITE
http://www.tanpoporamen.co.nz/en/
ADDRESS

Unit H, 491 Pakuranga Rd, Highland Park, Auckland

CONTACT DETAILS
09 533 6500
OPERATING HOURS
Open 7 Days 12:00-21:30

This is my business

Highlights:

  • Authentic Japanese style ramen
  • Friendly and easy going atmosphere
  • Cheap and fast service

I haven't had ramen this good in New Zealand before. This is definitely Japan authentic quality Ramen. Looking forward to my next visit.

Christiaan Bobo

Daruma Ramen

This inner east location of the very popular ramen bar is our local go to for quick and delicious ramen. They have an extensive menu which includes gyoza to die for…you can't go here and not have a side of gyoza with your noodles. I'm told their signature Tonkotsu Chasu noodles are exceptional, but as a vego I always pick the Vege Miso ramen and have never been disappointed.

BEST FOR
Tankotsu Chasu noodles
WEBSITE
https://daruma-ramen.nz/
ADDRESS

97-101 Lunn Ave, Mount Wellington, Auckland

CONTACT DETAILS
09 527 1130
OPERATING HOURS
Open 7 Days 11:00-21:00

Highlights:

  • Cheap, fast and friendly service
  • Good with kids
  • Extensive menu

Nice selection of food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic bevs. Also a good place to bring kids. Friendly staff and tidy premises

Rhys Landon-Lane

9Bowls Japanese Eatery

9Bowls is a very contemporary Japanese eatery. Rather than go for an old school authentic vibe, they've gone for a modern, airy and fresh take on the decor and the menu, which includes lots of delicious ramen noodle options but also includes rice, salad and poke bowls to make sure everyone is catered for. If you live or work in East Auckland this is a must try.

BEST FOR
Chilled weekend dining experience with friends
WEBSITE
https://www.9bowls.co.nz/
ADDRESS

9a Allens Road, East Tamaki, Auckland

CONTACT DETAILS
09 271 3380
OPERATING HOURS
Mon – Tue 11am – 3pm
Wed – Sun 11am – 8pm

This is my business

Highlights:

  • Hip decor and contemporary vibe
  • Great range of modern Japanese food, as well as influences from other Asian cuisine, like the Korean fried chicken.

Great service and delicious fresh food. One of the best Beef Tataki we've had. We will be going back soon!

Hazel Tan
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