157, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
It's a bit unfortunate, reading some of the reviews on Urbanspoon that this place doesn't seem to rate very highly. Given the set up, the effort that has gone into introducing Melbourne to a ramen experience beyond the existing chains, and Chinese run Japanese offerings, and the website that's really interesting, I was still hoping for the best. Nevertheless, the food was a bit disappointing.
An audacious plan proposing a Japanese Restaurant Recommnedation Program from the Agricultural Ministry was driven by both economic and cultural motivations. It was quickly abandoned after being ridiculed by the media world wide (and particularly in the USA) with jokes about Sushi Police. Yet, at the same time, how often do diners moan about authenticity of food from particular cultures and wishing there was a way to do this.
Perhaps the solution is a recommender system with tools like Urbanspoon (but then, who decides if the food is authentic?)... it's all a bit difficult. In any case, I have said it elsewhere and I'll say it here again, authenticity doesn't mean it's tasty and delicious. Authenticity also may mean that the cusine stagnates and no innovation comes of it.