After hearing about the new Mappen-like ramen joint hidden on Thomas street in Haymarket, and how they had an even bigger selection of side dishes, I knew I had to go.
Besides no lines, the seating is also less crowded. Bonus! They also have a novelty touch screen ordering system, placed at the front of the restaurant. You place your order first and then go collect it at the counter.
I'm intrigued by the hana hana style okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese pancake with noodles
Croquette and scallop chrysanthemum tempura - some interesting offerings in the fried section.
Creamy japanese potato salad
Mixed tempura - eggplant, pumpkin, lotus root and capsicum
I love the endless selection of side dishes available here. My heart is still with Mappen, though Hana Hana is a great alternative to the lining up and crowds!