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Hakata Ramen (Quincy - Wollaston area)

kobuta | Mar 15, 201501:26 PM

I finally got two chances to try this place - take out Friday night, and a lunch stop today with the parents. Friday night was hopping; it's not a big place - only 6-7 tables with a few sushi bar seats - but the place was full around 6:30pm. The place is clean and has a tasteful but simple decor.

It has 4 options for "Hakata-style" ramen (someone else can vet the authenticity of that), and the rest of the menu is typical Boston area Japanese, including some sushi, tempura, bento boxes, etc.

Their options are a pork bone soup (the regular Hakata ramen), a spicy pork bone, a chashu one (with extra chashu, as the regular and spicy also offer chashu) and then what they are calling a chanpon ramen that has a lighter broth and a mix of seafood, no chashu.

I had the spicy one, and my parents opted for the chanpon. The broth was rich and tasty, yet not overly spicy. Comes with 3 slices of chashu, half an egg, spinach and bamboo. The noodles are fine but not a revelation. My parents enjoyed the chanpon and the lighter broth. The portions are filling but not huge. The chashu is tastier than I remembered, and a nice balance of fattiness and meat. They are sliced a bit thin, IMO. For an area with no ramen, save for the one bowl at Fairy Cafe, this isn't a bad addition to the neighborhood. It won't be an alternative to the Santouka's or Yume's that offer bigger ramen menus and target the hipster crowds, but it's a good pitstop if you crave ramen and don't want to head northward to Boston/Cambridge only to wait in long lines.

Hakata Ramen,
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