The Greater Reno Grub and Gripe Group held a chowdown at Gaman Raman and everyone gave it thumbs up.
Between the eight of us we covered all three types of ramen offered: Tonkatsu (pork cutlet), shio (salt broth with a poultry base) and miso. I had the tonkatsu and shio in previous trips, so this trip I got miso, which is a vegetable broth, and added pork cutlet. It was a delicious. The broth was only slightly salty and quite delicate savory and sweet flavors.
The egg and mushroom are a great addition too. My favorite is the tonkatsu. It seems to have the most depth. And the pork cutlet tastes delicious. They used duck when I got my shio ramen. It was fairly salty, but the duck breast was tough and didn’t taste much like duck. I still enjoyed that bowl thanks to all the add ons.
I screwed up and didn’t take a photo of the spice box you can add for $2. This is a great deal. There’s a variety of spicy, savory and sweet flavors you can make by combining the sauces. I like the garlic the best.
They were out of lotus chips this time. They are deep fried slices of lotus root. Those are tasty. The mixed appetizer was good. I also got the arctic char salad. It had arugula, char and grapefruit with a mild dressing – I forgot to ask what kind. It was good but not special. I think I would liked it with another dressing.
By the way, they also sell Fever Tree ginger beer, which is my new favorite soda.
They don’t take reservations so our group of eight bum rushed them when they opened. By the time we finished there were people standing and waiting to eat.
Service was excellent.
With a tip it came to $20 each.
Gaman Ramen is a nice addition to the Reno dining scene. I hope foodies give it the attention it deserves.
They are open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m.
138 W St
Reno, NV 89501
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