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Ramen in DC/VA?

mistatephoenix Feb 5, 2008 07:52 AM

I have a taste for ramen (and not the packs of Oodles of Noodles or Cup of Soup, either). Any suggestions (preferably Metro-accessible)?

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    onocoffee Feb 5, 2008 08:24 PM

    Gotta disagree with bakagaijin (fitting name, btw). Temari Cafe in Rockville is pretty decent - especially when the recommended alternative is to go to NJ/NY.

    Was just there a couple weeks ago and had their Tonkotsu ramen. Miso based, the noodles had a nice texture to them and was tasty overall. Certainly not as good as the places I go to in Tokyo, but good enough for a fix here.

    Not to mention that most of their clientele are Japanese.

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    1. re: onocoffee
      foodslut Feb 6, 2008 06:59 AM

      I second the good review of Temari--it's a real gem. Authentic food at good prices.

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        mistatephoenix Feb 7, 2008 06:42 AM

        Hmm...might have to try that one out, too. Hopefully, it won't blow when I go there.

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          meimei Feb 7, 2008 08:29 AM

          I think its also important to know if you have ever been to Japan or Taiwan. Most stripmall Japanese places serves an ok noodle that has been Americanized. But if you are looking for the kind of ramen the they serves on the street or by tiny noodles shops in Asia, than Temari is to the teeth excellant. You may also want to check out BlueOcean in Fairfax, they have other Japanese street food that are hard to come by anywhere else.

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            bakagaijin Feb 7, 2008 11:03 AM

            Compared to what's served at the many ramen-ya I've sampled all over Nippon, the 'men at Temari doesn't come close. And don't get me started on the shu mai !!!

            *** Temari DOES have lots of good stuff on their menu -- the 'men and shu mai just aren't among them. The folks there are great, though. ***

            The only decent--well, somewhat--place for 'men in D.C. and environs is Sushi Taro -- when they serve it.

            1. re: bakagaijin
              onocoffee Feb 7, 2008 03:34 PM

              It's completely ludicrous to "compare" an authentic ramen-ya in Japan to Temari.

              As you presumably know, a ramen-ya in Japan is a lifelong pursuit to that craft. Temari is a cafe serving Japanese comfort food in a region pretty much devoid of anything Japanese.

              The original poster stated that he had a taste for ramen and wanted something local to satisfy that hunger. Temari fits the bill - even though it does not equal the places I go to in Tokyo.

              1. re: onocoffee
                foodslut Feb 8, 2008 09:21 AM

                sushi taro has it Monday to Wednesday.

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                  botnot Feb 8, 2008 09:56 AM

                  M-F during lunch. But they don't serve it during the summer.

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        bakagaijin Feb 5, 2008 05:03 PM

        Stay away from Temari Cafe in Rockville. The 'men blows.

        Head north on '95 to Edgewater, NJ, for a steaming bowl of goodness at Santoka Ramen in the Mitsuwa Market Place food court. As good as Nippon!

        1. monkeyrotica Feb 5, 2008 08:04 AM

          Daruma in Bethesda is the only Metro accessible option that comes to mind. Not fond of the ramen at Oodles Noodles downtown.


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          1. re: monkeyrotica
            foodslut Feb 5, 2008 09:47 AM

            Yosaku on Wisconsin Ave (between Tenley and Friendship) and Sushi Taro (17th near P) have it. Taro's only serves it in the fall/winter on certain days I think. Enjoy!

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              mistatephoenix Feb 7, 2008 06:43 AM

              Do you know which days (or at least know of a website where I can look it up)?

            2. re: monkeyrotica
              sweth Feb 5, 2008 02:20 PM

              In addition to the places mentioned in the thread monkeyrot links to, there are a few others in this thread:


              1. re: sweth
                mistatephoenix Feb 7, 2008 06:41 AM

                Akasaka sounds really tempting. It's only a few minutes away from my job, too (I work in Crystal City). I might have to try that one out!

              2. re: monkeyrotica
                mistatephoenix Feb 7, 2008 06:43 AM

                Hmm...Chinatown Express sounds tempting too (even though I'm more interested in ramen at the second). I might try that place out this weekend!

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