ramen “House”. Not the best ramen by a long shot, but it’s the best ramen “ya”…
Why? If the noodles never come out hard enough, if the broth is nearly as salty as Asa’s, if the char-siu slices border on stingy?
Because they serve food. By food, think things other than ramen. This argument’s premise is really ridiculous if you’re a ramen chubby chaser. Some are not. Some are often dragged to Daikokuya on First (sucks to those who are still waiting in that line) by Nipponphilic hipster friends who love doriftu and Comme des Garcons, or perhaps by someone you married. Hakata Ramen is great if you don’t want ramen because they serve “real” food that doesn’t involve carb-on-carb molestation ala ramen & fried rice combos of Daikokuya.
If there’s something I detest more than Filipino food. Scratch that, there’s nothing I can’t stand more than Filipino food… Ramen and fried rice never make a complete meal.
There’s a very palatable agedashi-dofu, there’s Kurobuta sausage (skip the generic yellow mustard & ketchup, use the shichimi togarashi 7 spice instead), and a very nice chilled plate of vinegary Japanese style cha-su, topped with plentiful scallions plus sesame seeds, that borders on refreshing. If you steal a few ladles of tonkotsu broth from your favorite tablemate to accompany the aforementioned dishes, a complete meal with nary a carbohydrate to fatten the love handle will emerge. “Yum-o”, and much more fulfilling than a bowl of simply noodles.
And now, they even have a happy hour!
March “Summer Happy Hour”:
Sapporo&Asahi Beer $3.00 ($5.75)
Orion Beer $3.50 ($6.25)
Extra Noodle $0.50 ($0.95)
Takana Fried Rice $4.75 ($5.75)
1/2 Takana Fried Rice $3.00 ($3.75)
Shin Sen Gumi (various branches)