It may be hard to count the number of Japanese ramen joints popping up all over Melbourne, but it’s a whole lot easier to say which one is the best on Vietnamese-dominated Victoria Street. Shizuku Ramen is hard to define. It’s not fusion but it’s not dogmatically traditional. To put it simply: Shizuku Ramen serves phenomenal Japanese food and exquisite craft beer. From classic gyoza and edamame to almond panna cotta and a ramen burger, their dishes are as aesthetically beautiful as they are varied. We strongly recommend heading to Abbotsford for the karaage popcorn chicken, grilled octopus balls and vegetarian ramen, but to be honest you couldn’t choose a bad meal even if you blindfolded yourself and dropped a pin anywhere on Shizuku’s list of zensai sharing plates, ramen encyclopedia, exotic rice variations, diverse dumplings, still-wet sashimi and velvety desserts.