So, let me talk about a satisfying food adventure, since those are the ones that most spark my interest in blogging. Jasmine and I found ourselves wondering what to eat next, and the prospect of hot ramen on a chilly fall day won our hearts over. And with good reason! Ippudo was worth the looming warning of an hour or more wait. In the end we ended up only waiting like 20 minutes, which was enjoyed in the company of a Sapporo (2 for 1 Sapporo or Kirin draft from 5-8pm at the bar for Happy Hour, $6 each) at a bar filled with ramen noodles!
I should warn you that we did make a 5:30pm date, and when we were leaving around 6:30pm, the waiting area was packed. Show up early and with an empty stomach!
Anyway, I ordered the Shiromaru Hakata Classic, which turned out wonderful. Well seasoned, a little creamy, full of sodium like I enjoy in my ramen. Jasmine got the Akamaru Modern, which actually had more flavor and I would probably order next time. I think their “special” sauce and the miso paste really add something extra. Also her pork belly had more flavor than my pork loin pieces. Here’s my dish though!
Not only is the food great, but the decor is pretty striking, with a lot of mirrors everywhere, adding that extra “imaginary” space. The staff shouts welcoming phrases in Japanese when you walk in, and when orders come up. The atmosphere is bustling and alive while you sip on your soupy goodness. Definitely recommended!