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Grand opening of Chabuya

Foodie Universe | Nov 24, 200501:43 AM

First, a disclaimer--I’ve never had real ramen before. I have no idea what I’m comparing this food to--my only measuring stick is my inherent (and rather well-developed, I hope) sense of what is and is not good. Future visits to Ramenya and Asahi are in the works to round out my experience a bit.

I ordered the classic with chashu. The three slices of barbequed pork on top were not what I expected barbequed pork to be like--I was expecting something more along the lines of the charbroiled meat you get at Vietnamese restaurants, and I was also expecting more meat. I was also expecting leaner meat--this meat was lined with slivers of fat that I found really unappetizing. The noodles were just slightly overcooked, which made them kind of mushy by the time I was halfway though my soup.

The broth was very flavorful, but also very salty--too salty for me. On the plus side, the salty broth lent a nice flavor to the noodles, which you pull out and eat with chopsticks--maybe the broth isn't meant to be sipped alone, though they did give me a spoon. Overall, I thought the soup tasted like pretzels. My friend ordered the classic, and liked her food, though she is admittedly less picky than I. She also agreed with the pretzel description.

I liked the other dishes I tried better-the chicken and rice bowl and pork shumai. I also really liked the atmosphere and the interior-it's very sleek and nice, but still casual and unpretentious.


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