Ramen has finally made its way to the Truckee Meadows in the form of Momiji Ramen on Holman Way at Pyramid Way in Sparks. It's the same shopping center just north of Greenbrae Drive that has Scolari's.
I liked the ramen here enough that I will return. They just opened Friday and have not unveiled the full menu yet. The good news is through Dec. 31 they are selling their ramen for $3 a bowl, more than half off.
I got the tonkotsu shio ramen, which is described on the menu as having a salt-based broth. Tonkotsu means pork, I believe. The broth was excellent, definitely a home run there and a good sign for other soups. The yellow noodles were good, but weren't particularly distinctive with flavor or texture. I got extra sprouts and asked for egg. They didn't have egg, so I got corn. Alas, the corn tasted like it came from a can. I put it all on the soup, but I'm not sure I'll get extra corn on my next trip.
They have about six types of soups now, including a soy=based broth and miso broth.
Service was good. Also, I like how the restaurant looked tastefully decorated. Understated in a Japanese style and lots of wood.
When the menu expands next month, the apparently plan to add other types of noodles, including udon.
I was largely indifferent to ramen places until I tried Monta Ramen in Las Vegas with fellow Chowhound janetofreno. That was not only good ramen, it's probably the best Japanese food I've ever had. It's not fair to compare Momiji Ramen to Monta Ramen, especially since they're still getting going. But it's a nice addition to the food scene in the Truckee Meadows.
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