Ramen Asian Noodle Bar

Situated in the trendy suburb of Braamfontein in downtown Johannesburg, Ramen Asian Noodle Bar offers Asian cuisine. The restaurant has simple, earthy décor, with the centre piece of the interior being a communal wooden dining table. Patrons at Ramen Asian Noodle Bar can also sit on wrought iron seating in The Grove courtyard.

Ramen Asian Noodle Bar. Image courtesy of <a href='http://www.ramen.co.za/'>Ramen</a>

Ramen Asian Noodle Bar. Image courtesy of Ramen

Visitors can expect a selection of fresh, unpretentious Japanese food, often stir friend. The menu is not limited to Asian and it seems to have become popular amongst the Wits students offering everything from Bunnie Chow to Curry and rice. The menu is affordable (from R35 upwards), and includes items like a Japane-inspired Bunny Chow and a Noodle Stir Fry with chicken and vegetables.

Places of interest

The surrounding area is frequented by students, young adults and tourists. Live sports games are often shown at the Grove on the square, and you can watch from any of the restaurants.

The Grove. Image courtesy of <a href='http://10and5.com/2013/03/26/puma-the-creative-factory-co-lab/'>10 and 5</a>

The Grove. Image courtesy of 10 and 5

Every Saturday the Neighbourgoods Market, just down the road buzzes with a festive atmosphere. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and craft beer are enjoyed at long communal tables and clothing, art, crafts and trinket stalls are neatly arrayed under shade. The market is located on the corner of Juta and De Beer streets.

Of course, Braamfontein’s most famous landmark is the Nelson Mandela Bridge, just a short walk from The Grove (walk down Juta Street). Built in 2003, the bridge links Braamfontein with the Johannesburg central district. It is a striking architectural feature, beautifully lit at night. Not only does it carry the name of Johannesburg’s most famous citizen, it also literally links different parts of Joburg just as Mandela linked different parts of South African society together into a cohesive nation.

Visiting hours

Monday – Saturday: 11:00 – 19:00