So 3 friends went off to the big city on the train to search for a very little Japanese restaurant filled with oodles of noodles! (Ramen to be precise.)
We queued in anticipation with several other Japanese people (always a good sign) and a couple of Americans. The restaurant opened its doors at exactly 12 noon and we were told where to sit. The restaurant sat 20. They only served you if you were physically present. So no pre-ordering for late friends!
Orders were taken promptly. I sat sipping on my green tea with roasted rice whilst waiting for my food. The food arrived swiftly and perfectly cooked.
Our starters were chicken karaage with Japanese mayo and BBQ pork with a chilli sauce.
The 3 of us sat in sublime silence enjoying every bite of our chicken and BBQ pork.
Then the steaming hot bowls of pork ramen arrived. We were recommended the ‘hard’ ramen option as the noodles settled into their right texture as we ate. Ching had ordered ‘regular’ and her noodles became too soft. My soup was spiced and the other two not. We all three ordered a boiled egg as the added extra. A good choice, the egg was delicious.
I alternately added thinly julienned ginger or spicy pickled vegetables to my spoonfuls of ramen. These were ‘free’ to help ourselves on the table. I love different textures and flavours and wasn’t disappointed.
The whole experience was definitely to be repeated. Perhaps with Elise and Tara. Maya might be enticed with the crunchy fried chicken but ramen nor pork a favourite.
Their complete menu is available online.