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Ramen Week: Day 3: Nikai Japanese Restaurant

I saw an ad for Nikai Japanese Restaurant in Chopsticks advertising new vegetable noodles.  I thought I’d try it since they make handmade noodles.  I went for dinner with a friend of mine. It’s upstairs inside a lunch time café called Treehaus.  Treehaus is a big space and it was a little confusing to figure out where Nikai was located.  Once we found it, we were seated right away at bar top tables near the bar.  I got the feeling this was more of a lunch place, as there was only one other group of customers.

They give you a hot towel for your hands here–the kind that you add water to and it expands.  That was a nice touch and more like a Japanese restaurant.

By this time of day, which was around 7:30, they were out of the tonkotsu ramen, so we got the miso ramen.  The ramen was good, and I’d like to try the tonkotsu at some point as well.
 
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Ramen Week: Day 2: Bassanova Ramen

Bassanova Ramen is a new ramen place in the heart of Chinatown.  The menu at Bassanova is scant–only three types of ramen with broth.  They also have a menu with a few ramen dishes without broth.  The ramen here is a bit pricier than other ramen shops and pricier than the restaurants in the area.  Below is a picture of the broth ramen dishes.

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The décor has a modern design and sleek, clean feel.  The most unusual thing is the utensils–extra-large chopsticks.  The waitress asked me if that would bother me, but I had never used large chopsticks so I went in with an open mind.  I didn’t have a problem with them at all.  The spoons were also larger.

I ordered the tondaku ramen with a tonkotsu, or pork, broth.  I was surprised that there were more noodles than broth, as I understand the broth to be the showcase of a bowl of ramen (although ramen are the noodles).  However, it was very flavorful.  The noodles were thin and tasted good.  The broth was rich and dark, a bit oily, but the right amount of salt to make it flavorful but not too salty.

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Given that there is a menu of ramen dishes without broth and that there was more ramen in the bowl than broth, I think Bassanova Ramen’s focus is the ramen.