Yusho: CURRY RAMEN (Las Vegas)

Place: Yusho – Asian Grill & Ramen

Address: 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Website: http://www.yusholv.com

Ramen: Curry Ramen

Description: THAI CURRY, COCONUT, PORK, SHIITAKE WITH CORN & AN EGG

Price: $17

REVIEW: Pricy and disappointing, despite asking for the Curry Ramen with Corn and extra spices, this dish was bland in flavor and mild in heat. The service was also a disappointment with us waiting over 20 minutes to be greeted by our waiter and a long wait for food even though the joint was less than half full. Yusho has a few accolades to its name but none were earned here as the ramen, conveniently located on the Strip, was underwhelming. I much prefer the service and flavors at the other Vegas Ramen joints Monta & Jinya.

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Score: rating_2

Jinya Ramen Bar: TONKOTSU BLACK RAMEN

My first ramen experience in Las Vegas was great, the always tasty, the always busy Monta Japanese Noodle House, is a surefire winner! Well, I was back in Vegas and with my one free night I decided to try the newest ramen joint in the city of Sin, Jinya Ramen Bar and I’m glad I did, it was delicious!

Located on Flamingo Road, a few minutes off the fabled Las Vegas strip, Jinya is a standalone building that most likely has a formidable line-up outside of it. Luckily, my buddy Tom and I waited for 25 minutes before we were seated as it was the two of us opposed to the other groups of 4-6 people. The place itself is loud, dark, decorated with a lot of wood, filled with ample seating and sporting a fun, energetic vibe. The menu is robust but Ramen is definitely front and center! I went with the Tonkotsu Black Ramen which comes with “Pork Broth, Pork Chashu, Kikurage, Green Onion, Nori, Garlic Chips, Garlic Oil, Fried Onions and a seasoned Egg”. What separates this place from most, is they serve their ramen with “thin” noodles as opposed to the thicker, more traditional ramen noodle – okay, let’s see what they got!

Visually appealing, smelled like a winner and for me, the thin noodles were an extremely welcome & tasty change. The broth was flavorful and complex with the added richness of that lovely black garlic oil, it really tied the flavors together! On the plus side, the unique addition of the fried onions and garlic chips gave the overall spoonful a nice crunch and hint of heat that was extremely welcome with the creamy, rich broth. All in all, an extremely enjoyable bowl of ramen!

I will definitely go back to Jinya next time I am in Las Vegas, between this place and Monta, there are two great ramen joints in the city and this one is definitely a welcome addition! I would love to indulge in the Tonkotsu Black Ramen again but with such a great menu, there are definitely other bowls to try!

Tokotsu Black Ramen Jinya

Dish: Tokotsu Black Ramen
Location: Jinya Ramen Bar
Address: 4860 W. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada
Price $10.80
Rating: rating_4

Website: http://www.jinya-ramenbar.com

Monta Japanese Noodle House: Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen

When traveling to Las Vegas, very few people venture off the strip to the suburbs,  I did. Why you ask? Well for the love of Ramen of course! With the glowing recommendation of a trusted friend, I visited MONTA JAPANESE NOODLE HOUSE in the Chinatown area of Vegas (yes, Vegas has a thriving Chinatown) for some Ramen goodness. There was a line-up out front which is always a good sign, we waited for 25 minutes, then our name was called.

Once inside, the room is tiny, a handful of tables with a few seats at the bar in front of the open kitchen where the cooks are concocting away in a steam of broth. This place is known for it’s Tonkotsu (a thick hearty pork broth) so I went with it but made it spicy, I also had to have it with Nitamago (Seasoned Hard Boiled Egg). We waited 10 minutes and were served with a glorious bowl of Ramen.

I’ve had Tonkotsu before but this was the thickest I’ve had it and sweet fancy moses, it was tasty, add the kick of fresh chili spice and I was in heaven! Tonkotsu is traditionally made from boiling bones, fat and collagen for many hours and this broth did not disappoint, it was quite honestly, the best Ramen broth I’ve had the pleasure of tasting thus far. The egg is an important part of the Ramen to me and I was disappointed that it wasn’t included in the dish but it was available as an addition and I’m glad I got it, the seasoned hard boiled egg is a tricky one to master but Monta got it right. Hard exterior, runny interior with just a hint of herbs – perfect. While the veggie toppings were fresh, I was disappointed with the Chasu Pork which I found dry and fatty which would have elevated this to a perfect Ramen score, alas, not so much when the meat is a letdown.

This was a pleasant surprise for me, after many monstrous meals on the Strip, it was great to find “a local favorite” and have the best meal of my trip! I am pleased I braved the voyage to Monta Ramen and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a free hour or two in Vegas, the ramen is well worth it but be prepared to wait.

-Gio

  • Dish: Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen
  • Price: $7.95
  • Extras: Seasoned Egg: $1.50
  • Rating: rating_4

Website: http://www.montaramen.com/

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