Raffles reviews: Salaryman, Surry Hills

Raffles and his ramen at Salaryman Surry HillsI never met a ramen I didn’t love but Salaryman Surry Hills makes ramen that is next level delish. But that’s probably because it isn’t your average ramen place. 

I’m used to little hidden ramen shops but this restaurant is really big and dark and kind of concretey. A bit like a warehouse but with an epic painting of a girl that’s all drippy like graffiti. So, so cool.

Salaryman Surry Hills

The kitchen is open too, which is cool because I like watching chefs at work so I can learn their techniques. I also like that it means they can’t spit in my food… not that I think they would anyway because the staff here are super nice. They’re really friendly and chatty which is nice because sometime people in restaurants just ignore me because I’m a kid.

Raffles watching the chefs at work at Salaryman

Mum and I were early so we had a mocktail made of ginger ale, peach and mint, which is so refreshing that I begged mum to get me another while we chose our starters.

Mocktails at Salaryman

First we had the Prawn Toast Okonomiyaki which was seriously the best thing ever invented. They were filled with prawn mince like regular prawn toast but cooked okonomiyaki style and served up with stacks of okonomiyaki sauce, mayonnaise and dancing bonito flakes. I would go back just for these. Any day.

Prawn Toast Okonomiyaki at Salaryman

I also ordered a tuna tartare that reminded me a bit of ceviche. It had super spicy mayonnaise and blobs of creamy avocado and crunchy things which added extra texture and flavour. The tuna itself was finely chopped and each cube burst in my mouth. The tuna was rich and oily like the stuff I had at Tsukiji market and the texture was amazing. I really took my time with it so I could savour every single piece one at a time.

Tuna Tartare at Salaryman

For mains my mum ordered the Shio Ramen (with chicken broth, char siu pork, menma, nori, spring onion & shoyu egg) and it was really, really nice. The pork was more melty than regular char sui pork and the egg was a special kind and all dribbly and delicious.

Shio Ramen at Salaryman

But, my Tantanmen Ramen kicked mum’s ramen’s butt! Really, really hard! The broth was stronger and it had a stack of spicy pork mince and perfect firm noodles. It was so good I wanted to stick goggles on and plant my face in it to slurp it up!

Tantanmen Ramen at Salaryman Surry Hills

This is my new equal favourite ramen in the world along with the tsukeman ramen I had (at Rokurinsha) in Tokyo.

We didn’t do dessert this time because I ate most of mum’s ramen as well as my own and I was a bit full. Plus I needed an excuse to come back again.

Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 7
(bracketed information by his mum)

52-54 Albion St
Surry Hills NSW
Ph: (02) 9188 2985

Note: This meal was independently paid for.

8 Comments on Raffles reviews: Salaryman, Surry Hills

  1. Rachel
    February 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm (8 years ago)

    That prawn toast thingy looks AMAZING!!!

      February 6, 2016 at 11:03 am (8 years ago)

      The prawn toast thingy was TOTALLY amazing! 🙂

  2. Ana
    February 6, 2016 at 11:03 am (8 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting to try salaryman since it opened but now it’s got Raffles salmon approval I’m going to make a booking straight away – another great review Raffles

      February 6, 2016 at 11:13 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Ana. I hope you love it as much as I did Rafflesxx

      February 7, 2016 at 6:47 pm (8 years ago)

      He blows me away every day lovely. And I’m very very proud xx

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    February 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Aww I love that pic of you at the counter Raff! Don’t worry I used to get ignored when I was a kid a lot haha 😉

      February 21, 2016 at 8:28 pm (8 years ago)

      I went there becasue you wrote about it. Raffles x


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