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Ramen in Seattle?

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Just moved to Seattle from LA - I'm trying to find traditional Japanese ramen places. Thai places are everywhere, and pho is pretty much all over - but I'm jonesing for good-old ramen.

If you're familiar with LA, I used to hit up the Sawtelle Blvd. area for places like Asahi Ramen, if that gives you an idea for what I'm looking for up here.

Thanks!

Steve

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  1. I haven't been in years, but I remember having a very home-style feeling bowl of Ramen at Ichiban on Main street in chinatown.

    I would consider this less of a recommendation that a nostalgic wandering of my mind.

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    1. re: Yoshi

      It's been many, many years since I had ramen as a child in Japan, so it's hard to compare, but the ramen at Takohachi is pretty good.

      1. re: glenna

        not a ramen expert but the ramen at Fulin (King st 1/2 block east of Union station) seems to be popular among Japanese families (and non-Japanese) (closed Tuesdays)

        1. re: barleywino

          Went to Fu Lin for a lunch combo, and I didn't see the taiwanese pork chop or anything salt-and-pepper, which I'd been wanting to try. I asked the server for the chop, and also if Fu Lin had any specialties, and she didn't understand or I wasn't be clear. I went with the tonkatsu char siu ramen. The broth was very good, slightly thinner and more funky than Samurai Noodle. Where it fell short of Samurai was the pork slices, which were cold cut thin and nearly raw, like they were supposed to cook in the broth--not bad just nothing near the super tenderness offered at Samurai.

          Still need to Tsukushinbo and retry Ginza

      2. re: Yoshi

        Right next to Ichiban is Tsukushinbo. They only have ramen on friday. It's great... but get there at 11:45, because it goes fast.

      3. Can't vouch for the quality, but Koji Osakaya on the Harbor Steps on First Ave in downtown Seattle has ramen among other things.....You kind of come out of there smelling like a Japanese restaurant, but maybe that's "ambiance"! :-)

        Link: http://www.kojiosakaya.com/bmenu.htm

        1. As I too have yearned after a decent classic shoyu ramen with shinachiku root et al, I followed up on these recommendations. Sadly, so far I have not found anything even remotely close to the giant bowl of steaming, perfectly constructed noodles a la the movie Tampopo, which I used to enjoy in Costa Mesa in a tiny little joint owned by an ancient Japanese lady, her stroke-paralyzed face nonetheless always graced with a beaming smile.

          ICHIBAN: No longer serving ramen.
          TAKOHACHI: A few different varieties, but in a tiny bowl, and just not close.

          Next I will visit Koji Osakaya and Fulin, hoping against hope for satisfaction. And where the heck can you find Hiyashi Chuka?

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          1. re: Raymondo

            Ta-Ke Sushi in Bothell serves Hiyashi, but only in the summertime.
            I went there a few weeks ago, after reading a review on Yelp.
            The owners are Japanese; she is from Kyoto. I chatted with the Mr. who is the sushi chef and he told me about his Hiyashi. I need to get back there before he pulls it from the menu. And no, sorry.....no Ramen there. waaaaaaaah.

          2. Samurai Noodle, around the corner from the Uwajimaya entrance, is pretty good. I've been there a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed my bowl of noodles. They have pork and fish broth; both are good, and offer noodles cooked hard medium or soft. Really good pork here!

            1. I don't think you'll be able to find anything like the ramen places in West LA here. Samurai Ramen mentioned in the thread, is the best I've found, which is close to the quality and style of ramen found on Sawtelle.