For all of the development along Spring Mountain through the years the one missing link has been Ramen. Not anymore. Monta Noodle House not only fills a need, but fills it well.
Monta sits a couple of doors down from Raku in a tiny storefront (the seating capacity sign says 26, but that would take a shoe horn), and the menu is also small, although there are daily specials added. But the levels of execution have been impressive on every visit so far, particularly the Tonkatsu Ramen, which brings a lot of pork flavor (you can sense all of the bones being simmered down), and fresh noodles. And even though the base stock is richer than many that we have tried, it is hard to resist adding a "spicy" soft boiled egg on top. It has also been hard to not stick to the ramen, but a "Pork Belly Bowl" could not be passed up; are there many better ways to flavor rice?
There is an impression that not many shortcuts are being taken here, which is a terrific sign, and the prices are also reasonable ($6.95 for the soups). The location might even be a subtle blessing - visitors to Raku will be sure to notice their existence, and Monta might even get some windfall from those that can not score a table at their distinguished neighbor.
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