Menyatai Japanese Ramen
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Menyatai has been our to-go place for ramen in the city. We first visited there in February and we’ve been continually going back there whenever we have a craving for ramen. It is a cute little restaurant in Kensington. The bright-color furniture and clean, simple interior created a welcoming, cozy atmosphere.
On our first visit, we ordered the tonkotsu shoyu ramen ($11.95) and spicy tonkotsu ramen ($12.95). The tonkotsu shoyu ramen had pork bone broth as the soup base, flavored with soy sauce. The noodles were topped with bean sprouts, half of a soft boiled eff, green onion, corn, mushroom, red ginger, dried seaweed and a slice of BBQ pork. The broth was milky and light in flavor. The noodles were a bit overcooked- not chewy at all. We loved the toppings though, especially the egg (which was perfectly cooked with a bit yolky in the center) and the BBQ pork (which was fatty and tender).
The spicy tonkotsu ramen came with the same toppings as the tonkotasu shoyu ramen. As expected, I preferred this ramen because of the strong, spicy flavor of the broth.
On our recent visit, I had the curry ramen ($12.95). The curry soup base tasted savory but a bit watery. The curry spice wasn’t that strong. The bowl was overflowed with toppings. However, I found that their BBQ pork wasn’t as tasty as before. The meat was a bit dry and hard. What happened to the fatty texture?
Overall: Menyatai serves decent ramen at a reasonable price. I enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and its excellent service. However, I will continue hunt for the best ramen in town.
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