I tried a taste of Japan in Hull city centre - and it's going to be hard to beat

Hull is blessed to have a wide variety of multicultural restaurants. From Greek, to Italian, there's plenty right on our doorstep.

One of my personal favourites is Japanese cuisine. That means it was about time I checked out a tiny restaurant in Hull city centre which is well on its way to becoming a top eatery in our city.

Since opening its permanent home in Paragon Arcade in 2022, family-run restaurant Oishii Ne has built up a trusted name as the go-to place for dishes such as Karaage, Katsu and Sushi. Having walked by Oishii plenty of times, I finally tried some for myself.

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Looking at the menu, the Spicy Miso Chicken Ramen was calling my name, to be swilled down with a Korean peach soft drink. Opting to eat in, I was politely told to take a seat upstairs.

I was surprised to see such a large open space on the second floor, it had twice as much floor space as you'd expect from the smaller units in Paragon Arcade. The seating area was decorated with lanterns, framed photographs of Japanese architecture and even a mock cherry blossom tree.

After a few minutes, I heard footsteps coming up with my meal and I wasted no time in tucking in. Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish served in a broth and is considered to be an icon of Japanese food, even more so than Sushi. Regions across Japan have their own different type of ramen, meaning that there are endless different variations.

After an initial struggle of being rusty with chopsticks, I soon hoovered up the tasty noodles; which had time to soak in all the juices from the chicken, miso and spring onions. The cuts of meat were tender, and - almost as important - easier to grasp with chopsticks.

The art to a ramen egg can be tricky, having to have a runny yolk in a boiled egg. The one floating on my broth was done to perfection.

The broth itself was meaty, soaked up all the tastes well and every chirirenge (ramen soup spoon) got spicier further down the bottom. Though as delicious as it is today, I can imagine in the middle of winter this being the ultimate dish.

For £12.50 (with £2.50 imported peach drink), I had zero complaints. I've always wanted to go to Japan and a meal at Oishii Ne the closest I can get without having to pay thousands to travel halfway across the globe.

Oishii Ne is open from 11 am to 4 pm every Tuesday to Sunday. They also say that for two Saturday evenings a month, they have a dedicated Omakase-style dining. Translating to "I leave it up to you", the customer has a complete personalised choice of what meal they have. Something that I no doubt need to visit.