"For a bowl of soul warming, slurp-able goodness, head to Ponsonby's hot new Ramen restaurant."

- The Denizen

40 years of history in a bowl

Ramen Takara has its roots in a small restaurant at the foot of Mount Fuji. This is where our executive chef and owner Yuki grew up, watching her father's back in a busy ramen shop beloved by locals.

Hōchinrō opened its doors in 1978, once Nobuyuki Yamaguchi had accumulated over 15 years of experience training at a respected restaurant. With blessing from his master chef, Hōchinrō’s humble beginnings grew to be a great success, leaving a lasting legacy in the region and inspiring Yuki to follow in his footsteps.

Ramen Takara, launched in 2007, carries on the traditions of Hōchinrō while incorporating local flavours and Kiwi hospitality.

We take great care in crafting tasty, authentic dishes using locally sourced fresh, raw ingredients. We aim to provide an unique experience that all New Zealanders can enjoy.

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  • Chashu Ramen $14
  • Original soy base. Chāshū pork, egg, bok choy, spring onion, bamboo shoots.
  • Wonton Ramen $14
  • Original soy base. Homemade wontons, chāshū pork, egg, bok choy, spring onion, bamboo shoots.
  • Kakuni Pork Belly Ramen $16
  • Original soy base. 3-way cooked 'Kakuni' pork belly, bean sprouts, egg, bok choy.
  • Tonkotsu Ramen $14
  • Cloudy pork base. Chāshū pork, egg, bok choy, spring onion, bamboo shoots, kikurage mushrooms.
  • Negi Chashu Ramen $14
  • Cloudy pork base. Spicy diced chāshū pork, bean sprout, egg, spring onion, sesame.
  • Tori Shio Ramen [GF*] $16
  • Sea salt and shrimp extract base. Chicken chāshū, egg,bean sprouts, yuzu, tsukemono, spring onion, nori seaweed.
  • Miso Ramen [V] $13
  • Vegetarian miso base. Vegetable and tofu stir-fry, shredded leek.
  • Tom Yum Ramen [V*][GF*] $16
  • Sour and spicy tomato base. Tofu, prawn and vegetable stir-fry, fresh coriander, egg, shredded leek.
  • Tan-Tan Ramen [V*] $15.5
  • Rich sour and spicy sesame base. Vegetable stir-fry, pork mince, bok choy, shredded leek.
  • Spicy Black Tan-Tan Ramen [V*] $16.5
  • Sour and spicy black sesame base. Vegetable stir-fry, pork mince, bok choy, shredded leek. Freshly ground sesame.
  • Kaisen Agesoba [V*] $17
  • Prawn, squid and vegetable stir-fry on crispy noodles.
  • Salmon Salad Noodles $16
  • Salmon sashimi and avocado slices on cold noodles. Mayo, nori seaweed, original dressing, wasabi.


  • Edamame Beans [V][GF] $6
  • Organic flaky sea salt.
  • Renkon Chips [V][GF] $6
  • Crispy lotus root slices.
  • Soft Boiled Peanuts [V][GF] $6.5
  • Boiled baby peanuts in shells.
  • Tsukemono [V] $6.5
  • Pickled seasonal vegetables, yuzu peel, sesame
  • Spicy Bean Sprouts [V] $7
  • Boiled bean sprouts, spicy dressing, shredded leek.
  • Crispy Noodle Salad [V] $11
  • Crispy noodles, green salad, shredded leek, mayo.
  • Quinoa Salad [V] $13
  • Quinoa, Shiki tofu, avocado, green salad, nori seaweed.
  • Goma Miso Green Beans $9
  • Boiled green beans with miso sesame sauce.
  • Agedashi Tofu $10
  • Tempura tofu, bonito tentsuyu broth, grated daikon, nameko wild mushrooms, nori seaweed.
  • Tuna Avo [GF*] $10
  • Diced tuna sashimi, avocado, wasabi soy dressing.
  • Tempura Cauliflower [V][GF] $11
  • Rice flour batter, green tea salt.


  • Pork Gyoza $8
  • Pan-fried dumplings with pork, cabbage, onion and chives.
  • Vegetable Gyoza [V] $8
  • Pan-fried dumplings with shitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, cabbage and chives.
  • Steamed Gyoza $9.5
  • Steamed dumplings with chicken, prawn, corriander and cabbage.
  • Pork Belly Spring Rolls $10
  • Crispy spring rolls with pork belly, shitake mushrooms and bamboo shoots. Japanese mustard.
  • Free Range Karaage Chicken $14
  • Takara's famous fried chicken, salad, mayo, lemon.
  • Mabo Tofu $14
  • Tofu wok fried with slightly spicy pork mince, spring onion.
  • Teriyaki Chicken [GF*] $14
  • Free range chicken thigh glazed in teriyaki sauce. Salad, mayo, sesame.
  • Wakanui Beef Tataki $18
  • Seared rare beef, shredded leek, homemade onion chutney.


  • Steamed Rice [V][GF] $3
  • Karaage Chicken Don $16
  • Free range fried chicken on steamed rice, salad, mayo, lemon.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Don [GF*] $16
  • Free range teriyaki chicken on steamed rice, salad, mayo, sesame.
  • Mabo Tofu Don $16
  • Wok fried tofu with spricy pork mince on steamed rice, spring onion.


  • Nagoya Chicken Don $16
  • Karaage fried chicken tossed in garlic and chili infused sweet soy sauce, served on rice.
  • Spicy Jade Ramen $16
  • Spicy ramen with pork mince, egg, finely chopped garlic chives and coriander.
  • Ban-Ban Chicken Reimen $16
  • Cold summer ramen with chicken breast, cucumber,bean sprouts, coriander, spicy sesame dressing.
  • Gazpacho Reimen [V] $16
  • Cold summer ramen with fresh summer vegetables, balsamic vinegar reduction, pumpkin gazpacho.

  • [V] Vegetarian (Ovo) [V*] Vegetarian Optional
  • [GF] Gluten-free [GF*] Gluten-free Optional (surcharge)

Ramen Takara Ponsonby

Tue - Sun
12pm to 10pm

Kitchen closes at 9:30pm Tue-Sat
Kitchen closes at 9pm on Sun

272 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Auckland, New Zealand

09 360 6111

We only accept bookings for large groups.