Pachinko – Introduction
Over the past decades we have seen many food venues come and go in the Quadrant Mall. We were therefore delighted to find a ramen bar and Japanese-influenced restaurant had opened. It is very difficult to locate good ramen dishes in Tasmania so we made a visit to Pachinko a high priority.
It is a pleasant venue and the staff are very welcoming. It is always great to be greeted with genuine warmth.
Menus were brought promptly along with glasses of water.
There is outside seating at Pachinko but we opted for an inside table so that we could see more of the action. We have continued this choice on each of our subsequent visits.
Pachinko – The Food
After a quick perusal of the menu we ordered two different styles of dish, one a shoyu ramen and the other based on a miso stock.
The first dish was described as shoyu ramen, pork scotch chashu, soft shoyu egg, black mushroom and mizuna.
The shoyu ramen was based on a very flavoursome stock. The deep flavour was assisted by the additional of Japanese soy sauce which is often based on a ferment of soy beans and wheat. The thin noodles were of a good texture. The pork scotch had been braised (hence the word chashu in the description) until it was very, very tender and full of flavour. The cut was from the fatty part of the shoulder and was perfect for this dish.
As can be seen from the accompanying photo the egg was cooked perfectly, the black mushrooms added further texture and the mizuna (Japanese mustard greens) added a light tang to the mix of flavours. This was a very good dish!
The second dish was described as miso ramen, marinated tofu, enoki and black mushroom, soft shoyu egg, radish.
This was a vegetarian option that was quite flavoursome. The tofu was almost creamy in a very good way with the enoki and radish adding texture to the dish.
The service was very good with the welcome being warm and genuine and the service attentive. For example at one point our waiter asked if we liked chilli and when we answered in the affirmative a plate of delicious chilli sauce was placed on the table to add to our bowls of ramen.
On future visits we have eaten our way through the changing menu on a number of occasions. This is a first class venue with Pachinko being an excellent addition to the Launceston dining scene.
On these future visits we have experienced many stunning dishes. On our most recent visit we were blown away by a dish of prawns and another of alfonsino that had been caught off the West Coast. Both were cooked perfectly and were packed with flavour. These ingredients had been sourced from Tasmania’s best fresh fish shop, namely Kyeema.
You should try any of the dumpling dishes served here as they are made with a light hand and are always delicious.
We can unreservedly recommend Pachinko. We can also add that it is the perfect place to drop in to buy a bottle of wine as they now have a licence that allows you to buy bottles to take home.
Street: 23 Quadrant Mall
Town/Suburb: Launceston, 7250
Opening hours: Lunch Wed – Fri, dinner Wed – Sat