I love it when friends tell me to try a place in their neighborhood, there’s something about recommendations from those you know and love that get me excited for my next Ramen adventure. Even more exciting is when we can discover a place together and that’s just what happened with the recently opened TETSU RAMEN in Alameda.
We arrived around 3pm on a Sunday and there were only two other tables occupied (hmm), the servers were kind but a bit scattered and had to be reminded once or twice about of beverages and appies (double hmm). The menu looked solid so I opted for the MISO RAMEN (Pork Chasu, Ajitsuke Egg, Kikurage, Bamboo Shoots, Enoki Mushrooms, Corn, Green Onion, Naruto Fishcake, Nori & Miso Pork Bone Broth) with extra Spice on the side (I mean c’mon, it has to be spicy).
The bowl arrived and I was shocked, big, colorful and a wonderful aroma permeated my nostrils, wow, did this smell good. The broth was everything I was hoping it would be, rich, complex yet silky smooth, the Tonkotsu/Miso combination was a surefire hit. The noodles were fresh and abundant, the meat tender, the egg perfectly cooked and the veggies crisp. All in all, this was a fantastic tasting and filling bowl of Ramen!
If I were judging this place of the food alone, I would give it a four right off the bat but the service needs some fine-tuning and I have yet to try the other options on the menu. That said, I will definitely be back to TETSU RAMEN for another bowl of goodness. The first bite was a winner!
- Dish: Miso Ramen
- Location: Tetsu Ramen
- Address: 1245 Park St, Alameda, California
- Price: $12.00
- Extras: Extra Spice
When I travel, I always try to find a Ramen joint somewhere in the city I’m visiting, I thought for sure I would be out of luck in the far flung north of Reykjavik, Iceland. I was wrong.
Located moments away from the Harpa Center, near the old harbor, is RAMEN MOMO, a “blink and you’ll miss it” Ramen joint. What makes this place unique, is it calls itself a Himalayan Restaurant which specializes in Asian Fusion dishes which focuses on one main dish, the simply titled “Ramen Soup”. The head chef is a friendly Tibetan gent with a love for Ramen. When I asked him why Iceland? He said, “I like it here, its quiet, friendly and the people are adventurous” and when I said “why Ramen”? He said “why not, I love it”. Sounds good to me!
Ramen Momo has an incredibly small menu (one broth, with your choice of Pork, Chicken or Veggies) and a few appies/sides, all for a small room with less than eight seats. The broth is made daily and each bowl is made to order by the owner/chef himself.
I went for the Pork Ramen and asked for it Spicy. I was greeted with a larger than expected serving, filled with noodles, veggies and instead of the traditional Chasu, grilled pork hunks. The best part? It came with a traditional wooden Ramen spoon! The broth itself was light and missing the expected depth and richness that I’ve come to expect from Ramen, it wasn’t bad per se but it was missing that silky power that comes from hours of simmered pork bones. This was a clear broth, not creamy, tasty but not bold. The noodles were enjoyable and the veggies fresh but I found the pork somewhat tough and chewy although the flavor was sound. Unfortunately, spicy wasn’t spicy so when I asked for the hottest stuff in the house, the chef provided me with a small vile of chili powder that indeed did heat the bowl up perfectly.
Overall I wasn’t disappointed with the Ramen but I wasn’t blown away, at the same time though, I wouldn’t have missed this opportunity for the world. Ramen in Iceland? Yes please!!! I’m happy that this chef was taking a chance in a far away land to serve up one of his favorite dishes. I wish Ramen Momo nothing but luck and success In Iceland and hope that he can make a real go of it, serving this dish to the good folks up North.
- Dish: Pork Ramen
- Location: Momo
- Address: Tryggvagata 16, Reykjavik, Iceland
- Price: 1490 Kr = ~$13.00
- Extras: Special Spice