It was BC day. Nanzaro had gone to Playland with his friends. The three of us went out for lunch. Ben wanted noodle soup. We kind of debating on whether we should go for Vietnamese Pho or Japanese Ramen.
We ended up at Continental Plaza. G-Men was still closed as we had noticed sometime ago. Our second choice was New Asia Deli which is a Vietnamese Restaurant. Unfortunately, it was closed too for summer vacation or something like that. Then, we were attracted to this quite new Japanese Tapas restaurant which took over the Purity Vegetarian Restaurant. There were colourful posters of ramen on their door. That’s it, we will take it.
The interior is clean and neat. There are banquettes that line one side of the wall while booth seats on the opposite side. The flat screen tv on the wall was displaying some of the Japanese dishes and it shows how it’s made, etc.
There were Japanese written menu on the wall too.
Service was prompt. We were served green tea after we sat down.
Ben ordered the Hell Fire Ramen. The name of the dish sounds very intimidating. As the name indicates, it is very spicy. The Hell Fire Ramen has Japanese style char siu (BBQ pork), half an half boiled egg, bamboo shoot, bean sprout, corn and green onions. On the menu, the price of this is $8.99 but … when the bill came, we were billed $9.50.
There were 3 large pieces of the Japanese style char siu. The Japanese style char siu is prepared by rolling the pork shoulder into a log and then braising it at a low temperature which gives it a softer and moister texture.
This restaurant practices the stick your order sheett on the customer table and strike the item off when it’s delivered. It’s a good practice as the customer can verify their order before the item is delivered.
Arkensen ordered the Ramen with Deep Fried Panko Breaded Chicken Cutlet. This is $9.50. The chicken cutlet is very crunchy on the outside. We can hear the crunch when he bites into it. The chicken cutlet is served separately with a mayonnaise dip and a few strands of cabbages.
Arkensen’s ramen is served in a milky broth. There is nothing else in the ramen; just some green onions. The ramen is QQ i.e. it has a bite to it, not too soft. I like the broth which is not too salty. I drank some of his broth since mine does not come with a broth. Arkensen does not mind if I drink his broth at the end of his meal; not at the beginning as he does not like other people to contaminate his food.
I ordered the Traditional Japanese Ramen in Dipping Sauce. This is also $9.50. The ramen and the sauce is served separately.
My ramen is served cold with some crunchy tempura batter bits, seaweed slivers and garnished with a few strands of pickled ginger.
My dipping sauce is served warm. In the dipping sauce, there are Japanese style char siu, half an egg, bean sprout, corn and bamboo shoot, just like what Ben had. The sauce is a little spicy and tangy.
The dipping sauce gives the ramen the flavour which otherwise has no flavour. The sauce is too strong flavour for drinking. That’s why I had some of Arkensen’s broth. Overall, this is a satisfactory meal.
I was surprised that nobody touch the condiments. If Nanzaro is around, he will surely sprinkle his noodle with the red pepper mix. He cant have a meal without some sort of chili.
The total bill came to $32 before tips. The price is slightly higher if we compare it to Ajisen Ramen. Yuu Japanese Tapas only accepts cash.