Rising Sun Workshop 2.0 Newtown
Rising Sun Workshop 1.0 came about as a result of a succesfful pozible campaign to establish a workshop where bike enthusiasts can get together to fixerupper their bikes. Somewhere along the line, it picked up a Ramen Kitchen run by Nick Smith. Version 1 was a somewhat short lived but well loved “popup” in Newtown. Version 2, then is the finished version of the Workshop and its taken over the old Mitre 10 site (in a circular circle of life sort of way; Mitre10 Sunlite has since returned to Newtown also opening on King Street). Helmed by Nick Smith, out of the kitchen at RSW you can expect Ramen, Bentos and cafe eats (cake and coffees) with both lunch and dinner service available.
RSW 2.0 is a multi storied affair and down the front is their payment/cake cafe counter and kitchen. Up the stairs, a large generous dining space with plenty of seating – its all very nice looking which makes the whole venue an achievement as it was achieved largely with the help of volunteers to get the space looking the way it did.
The Dark Ramen 2.0. “Bones, Earth and Smoked”. This was our pick on return to RSW and we noted the changes. Instead of the standard boiled egg, there’s a 62 degree egg in the dish. Strong broth, robust flavours, gingery shitake. The slice of pork in there is just tender, but with a nice bite and mouth feel still.
As mentioned, RSW also has that cafe component where you can pop in for cakes and coffee.
Now on the menu: RSW pickles. The act of ordering these and the beautiful presentation sort of took us back to that dish of pickles we had in Momofuku Ssam in NYC.
Also here, breakfast ramen (not pictured and prison bentos)
The one thing you’ll note about Ramen at Rising Sun is that they’re not the atypical Ramen dishes you’ll be familiar with from around town – there’s nary a tonkotsu in sight to start. The Ramen is somewhat fusiony, with twist. Now that Salaryman is open, this parallels and reminds us of the Ramen from Salaryman. Rising Sun Workshop at Whateley is now a permanent fixture in the innerwest and one you can wander into off the main stretch of King Street in Newtown (look for Maple the clothing store – its behind it). It’s a great space and a great re-purposing of the venue.
Rising Sun Workshop 1.0 post here
Rising Sun Worshop
1c Whateley Street, Newtown