Since i discovered about a year ago that Ramen was not always wrapped in cello with a flavor packet, i have been addicted to the good stuff.
My favorite hands down is Daikokuya, Asahi has good chicken chashu.
Made it myself with amazing results.
A month ago, i was in tiny Tokyo(Sawtelle) and on a rec from here i tried out RobataYa. Didn't know they had Ramen, Asahi was too crowded and Chabuya...i get it if im stuck out with people that want to go there.
It was delicious! Had a large bowl of Chicken Chashu.
It was exactly what i wanted and close by.
Today i was out with the family and we went back. I got the chicken again, husband got the pork broth. Kids had Bento boxes with short ribs the other grilled Unagi.
Bento boxes are awesome, delicious, filled to the brim.
Ramen comes, i dig in and taste nothing. Maybe there is something wrong with me since im doing the allergy thing this week. Husband tries his, says it taste like dishwater.
And it does.
Try to add some vinegar, some chili oil, soy... nothing.
We tell our server who proceeds to ask around out loud to everyone if they broth recipes have changed, we are met with a chorus of NO ALWAYS THE SAME!!
Well it wasn't. The chicken in mine looked like a chicken roulade one would get at a graduation buffet, the broth tasted like it should've boiled down for another 5 hours at least. Noodles tasteless, i was so let down.
I didn't eat mine, it sat there while i picked at the Bentos.
They took it off the bill but the reaction to it was just offputting.
I know it was different, watery, no depth, no saltiness, nothing.
The "shrug, it's you not us response" just made me feel like they really thought i didn't know what i was talking about. And it grated me.
May go back for the skewers if pressed but Ramen is off my radar there from now on.
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