"The real deal: authentic, tasty Japanese food with great flavours and fresh, good-quality ingredients."

- Metro Magazine

46 years of history in a bowl

Ramen Takara has its roots in a small restaurant at the foot of Mount Fuji. This restaurant, Hōchinrō, was founded by Nobuyuki Yamaguchi in 1978. He opened his doors with the blessing from his master chef after accumulating 15 years of experience training at a respected restaurant in Chinatown, Yokohama.

Hōchinrō’s humble beginnings grew to be a great success, leaving a lasting legacy in the region and inspiring Yuki, our executive chef, to follow in her father’s 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, free of added MSG or additives. We aim to provide a unique experience that all New Zealanders can enjoy.


  • Shoyu Ramen $14
  • Original soy base. Chāshū pork, egg, bok choy, spring onion, bamboo.
    Chāshū Ramen w/ extra pork chāshū +5
    Wonton Ramen w/ extra wontons +5
  • Tonkotsu Ramen $19
  • Cloudy pork base. Chāshū pork, egg, bok choy, spring onion, bamboo, kikurage mushroom.
  • Tori Shio Ramen [GF*] $19.5
  • Sea salt and shrimp soup base. Chicken chāshū, egg, bean sprout, tsukemono, spring onion, nori seaweed.
  • Kaisen Shio Ramen [GF*] $20
  • Sea salt and shrimp soup base. Prawn, squid and vegetable stir-fry, shredded leek.
  • Miso Ramen [V*] $19.5
  • Miso base. Vegetable and tofu stir-fry, bamboo, spring onion. Vegetarian or with pork mince.
  • Jade Ramen $20
  • Wok fried spicy pork mince, topped with egg, minced garlic chives, coriander.
  • Tom Yum Ramen [V*][GF*] $20
  • Sour and spicy tomato base. Prawn, tofu, egg and vegetable stir-fry, fresh coriander.
  • Tan-Tan Ramen [V*] $19.5
  • Rich sour and spicy sesame base. Vegetable stir-fry, pork mince, bok choy, shredded leek.
  • Spicy Black Tan-Tan Ramen [V*] $20
  • Sour and spicy black sesame base. Vegetable stir-fry, pork mince, bok choy, shredded leek. Freshly ground sesame.
  • Kaisen Agesoba $21
  • Prawn, squid, vegetable stir-fry with oyster sauce on crispy noodles, karashi mustard.
  • Salmon Salad Noodles $22
  • Fresh salmon and avocado slices on cold noodles. Mayo, nori seaweed, original dressing, wasabi.


  • Edamame Beans [V][GF] $9
  • Premium edamame beans with flaky sea salt.
  • Renkon Chips [V][GF] $9
  • Crispy lotus root slices. Chilli mayo.
  • Tsukemono [V][GF] $10
  • Lightly pickled seasonal vegetables.
  • Tempura Cauliflower [V][GF] $12
  • Rice flour batter, green tea salt.
  • Salmon Avo [GF*] $16
  • Salmon sashimi, avocado, wasabi soy dressing, chilli mayo.
  • Agedashi Tofu $15
  • Tempura tofu, warm tentsuyu broth, grated daikon, nameko mushrooms, nori seaweed.
  • Quinoa Salad [V] $18
  • Quinoa, Shiki tofu, avocado, nori seaweed, wonton crisps.
  • Crispy Noodle Salad [V] $17
  • Crispy noodles, green salad, shredded leek, mayo.
  • Hakkaido Scallop Coriander Salad [GF] $21
  • Scallop sashimi, shrimp, coriander, bean sprouts, cashew nuts, greens, spicy dressing.


  • Pork Gyoza $10
  • Pan-fried dumplings with pork, cabbage, onion and chives.
  • Vegetable Gyoza [V] $10
  • Pan-fried vegan dumplings with shiitake mushrooms, bamboo, taro, cabbage and chives.
  • Steamed Ebi Gyoza $12
  • Steamed dumplings with chicken, prawn and coriander.
  • Pork Belly Harumaki $13
  • Crispy spring rolls with pork belly, shiitake mushrooms and bamboo. Karashi mustard.
  • Vegetable Harumaki $12
  • Crispy vegan spring rolls with shiitake, bamboo, carrot, vermicelli, edamame, water chestnut.
  • Karaage Chicken $18/$29
  • Our famous OG fried chicken, salad, mayo, lemon.


  • Steamed Rice [V][GF] $4
  • Fried Rice [V*][GF*] $12/$16
  • With chāshū pork, egg and spring onion.
  • Nagoya Chicken Don $19
  • Karaage chicken tossed in garlic chilli infused soy, black pepper, sesame, salad and lemon on rice.
  • Misodare Tofu Don [V][GF] $18
  • Shallow fried tofu with sweet miso sauce on rice.

  • [V] Ovo vegetarian [V*] Vegetarian option available
    [GF] Gluten free [GF*] Gluten free option available
  • All items may contain traces of common allergens. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

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Ramen Takara Ponsonby

Tue - Sun
12pm to 2:30pm
5pm to 9:30pm

272 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Auckland, New Zealand

09 360 6111

We only accept bookings online.