I have always heard good things about this place so was really excited to give it a try. Many of my friends have raved about this place and compared it to Kintaro. They also said that it was difficult to compare the places as they were different. Like they would have cravings for both places for different reasons.
Given that my usual test for ramen places is my Miso ramen I decided to get it. And as I wanted to test out other smaller things in the menu i decided to get the daily combo of the noodles and a side of rice.
First impression of the Ramen is that it is very flavourful, and I understood why my friends raved about the place. The noodles had a very pleasant texture when eaten and there was a good amount of meat and negi(green onions) to go with the soup. It had a little less items on the noodles then I was used to but overall it was a good amount. They kept it very simple and it works! But after eating more and more of the ramen I realized how salty it was. It was especially showed when I tried the negi butameshi (rice dish) I could tell it tasted good but I was not able to enjoy it without the soup flavour overpowering the side dish. I had to have a glass of water to be able to taste the subtle flavours in the rice. I have to say that I really enjoyed the flavour of the rice. It had a vary familiar Japanese taste mix of sweet and savoury. It felt very much like comfort food. The texture in the rice was pleasant, with the chewiness of the mushrooms and the burst of saltiness of the pork. Overall I have to say that I enjoyed the rice more then the noodles. If it was a little more balanced I definitely would have enjoyed them both as a package more
The service was usual for a ramen shop, where the get you seated and then get your order quite quickly. The servers were quite watchful of the tables and there was never any problems getting the attention of the servers. Very courteous Japanese service.
It was a little pricy for the ramen deal, or actually just the ramen by it self. For about $9 a bowl I expect something amazing! I mean my other fav ramen places always served for about $7.50++ for a bowl. I felt that it was a little over priced for the food when other places which are a little better serve for a lower price. The hours are not that conducive for me personally considering that they only open after 530pm. But that is a personal note.
Overall I have to say that I would go every now and then. Not on a regular basis but I think I would want that flavour once in a while!