Last week, Marco took me out for my first Ramen experience. We went to Ginza in Chinatown for a casual meal to round out the long weekend.
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The restaurant is small with long tables and wooden single benches. You can smell the food when you walk in but the pine also is very effervescent of a chic little cottage.
We started off with the deep fried squid which Marco devoured on his own. Normally I love squid and calamari but this one was a little too dense for my liking. They bring it out with a wasabi paste and display it on a beautiful plate.
Then we got down to the business of Ramen. We both ordered Spciy Tonkotsu Ramen, but I asked for half spice with mine and boy am I glad I did. When it came, I thought our bowls had been mixed up, the spice level was quite up there. After a few slurps though, I adjusted and tucked in.
The flavor is really hard to describe if you've never had it before. It's completely different than Pho--obviously--with a meaty aroma from the broth. Inside they throw in a soft boiled egg, shitake mushrooms, pork, green onions and more. I would definitely try it again, but perhaps go for the chicken broth bowl instead.
Verdict: I'm not sure if Ramen is my cup of tea, but I'd try it again. You guys know I'm a huge Vietnamese food lover (Pho included) so this was definitely a different experience for my tastebuds. Ultimately, it's inexpensive and filling and if you're open to trying new things, definitely a must.