5/183-193 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022
Whenever I am craving something for lunch, Japanese is usually the first thing that comes to mind. I can’t say no to a good bowl of ramen or some sushi.
I’ve tried Mappen in the Sydney CBD before so I knew this was a winner and I was looking for something warm and cheap to eat. Thus, the expectation was there. What did I think of it? Keep reading.
Enjoy my review!
Much like the Sydney CBD location, Mappen has a very rustic feel from the wooden tables and chairs and walls. I noticed the abundance of plants both on the tables and it gave a very pleasant atmosphere. Whilst it was very crowded that Saturday afternoon and the service was very fast-paced, the ambience was very pleasant, slow and calm and it was a much needed break from walking around all day like a headless chicken.
Like I mentioned earlier, Mappen gives off a very rustic feel with its use of warm earthy brown tones. It feels very traditional and I liked the signage. It definitely felt authentic to paying homage to Japanese culture and cuisine and I think it’s really inviting. If I was on the hunt for ramen and I saw the shop look like this, I would definitely consider.
The way Mappen is set up is exactly like its CBD counterpart. It is a very cafeteria style format when you order and move along a line to pay and take your order whilst being tempted by hot treats along the way. They sell things such as tempura and takoyaki but I never buy anything. Most of the main dishes are ramen and udon but there are also other Japanese dishes such as curries and donburi.
I do appreciate there is NO minimum ETFPOS (there is a $10 minimum at the CBD location) but there is a 1% surcharge but it’s really nothing. I also appreciate that the prices are SO MUCH CHEAPER. My order was a karaage chicken ramen and it cost $9.90 ($9.99 with the surcharge). This would have cost $11 in the city so I appreciate how cheap this was. If I ever was in the Bondi area again I would come back for a cheap eat.
It tasted great like most ramen but I noticed how dry the ramen noodles tasted like but it wasn’t off-putting. For that price, it definitely is on the cheaper end of Sydney ramen. The chicken amount was generous and delicious and I really loved the pork broth as well!
Overall, Mappen in Bondi Junction did not disappoint. I actually prefer it to the CBD location because of its price and open space (the CBD one is very crammed). I definitely would put this on the ‘would visit again’ list.
In saying that, I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here- it’s not like it’s the best ramen in Sydney or anything. However, if you’re in the area (especially if you’re shopping at Westfield Bondi Junction), consider Mappen for a quick, light Japanese cheap eat.
Where to Find It
5 mins from Bondi Junction station