Psssst.. If you are a noodle connoisseur listen. The options for ramen in Seattle are not that vast. And we’re not talking about the stuff you get at the grocery. This ramen is balanced in it’s salt and savoriness. The noodles have great flavor and is nothing like that prepackaged stuff. This is ramen to really enjoy and seek out.
So far there are two really good places that have been talked about often on the internet; Samurai Noodle and Tsukushinbo. I’ve been to both, and I must say I lean towards Tsukushinbo. Their ramen is awesome.
Tsukushinbo ONLY serves their ramen on Fridays as a LUNCH special and it’s in demand. They open at 11:45 and we get there about 20 minutes shy of opening to see a line already starting. By the time the door opened, it was about 15 deep.
About the ramen. It’s decidedly different than the ramen at Samurai Noodle. Samurai’s ramen is tonkatsu in style, so it’s very rich from a long simmering and has a creamy unctuousness that can be very filling. Tsukushinbo’s ramen is shoyu, which was something that just felt better on my palate. It had a delicate lightness that balanced nicely with the salt and savory package (think clear broth). It was so good that I kept wanting to drink it. The other ingredients were nicely done as well. A nice piece of pork, some bamboo shoots, and green onions all played well with the broth and noodles. But the thing that put it over the top for me was the piece of nori that came with it. With this bite I was in ramen heaven. Nori is pure umami, and this blast of flavor created a uniqueness that I really liked.
For $ you get a great bowl of soup. Plus, it also comes with a bowl of rice and three pieces of gyoza. And it’s really good gyoza. Seared perfectly and full of flavor, it’s a great add on with your lunch. But go for the ramen and you won’t be disappointed. Just get there early.
Noodle fanatics rave and the limited quantities (word off the street they only serve 20 bowls) of Tsukushinbo’s ramen on Fridays.
If you have never had or would like to try Japanese Ramen It's a wonderful dining experience. Please come and join us and meet some new friends.
Good Friends, Good Food, = A Great Time !!
**** PARKING available on the street and parking lot!!! We have to get their early as this place get's packed on the weekends !!
Bring CASHOLA...Hard CASH !! I will try to secure a big table for lunch.
**Price will be on what we order and includes gratuity making it easy for everyone involved (about $15). We will have name tags for all my events. So I get to know your name and makes it easy to mingle. Two no show policy will be applied.
If you do not adhere to any of this please do not attend.
RSVP ETIQUETTE: Since we have limited space I ask that you (and your guest) be considerate of others and commit to your RSVP. Your no-show may prevent someone else from attending and you from attending other limited dinner events like this.