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Good Ramen, finally!

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tabemono May 6, 2008 09:57 AM

For those who have been craving good ramen like I have, Matuba (Japanese restaurant in Bethesda that has been around for years), is finally serving pretty authentic ramen. It is only available on Sunday afternoons, for the time being, as apparently it takes the chef 6 hours to make the broth. Their char shu was pretty decent, too.
I used to go up to NY to get a good bowl, but this is pretty close to the real thing.I also like Daruma's ramen; they also put in more toppings, but now we have a choice!!!!

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    Diego2k RE: tabemono May 6, 2008 11:40 AM

    ooooo, sounds awesome!

    next sunday i'm there.

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      Ericandblueboy RE: tabemono May 6, 2008 12:27 PM

      good to hear. Is there any reason why they picked Sunday afternoons to prepare this?

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        tabemono RE: Ericandblueboy May 9, 2008 08:52 AM

        From talking to the owner, they are too busy on the other days.....hopefully, if it takes off, they can expand it to other days......the ramen is $10.00, and they also have a lunch special ramen/roll combo for $14.00.....I think their ramen is far superior to Temari's........

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        takajin RE: tabemono May 10, 2008 03:51 PM

        Great news. Thanks for the tip. Almost looking forward to rainy,cold weather tomorrow or next Sunday to really get in the mood for a good bowl of ramen.

        1. pleen RE: tabemono May 12, 2008 04:06 PM

          Tabemono, please be more specific about time frame during "Sunday afternoon" that we can get ramen. I typically have to go up to NYC for my ramen fix (Menchanko-Tei) and am delighted there may be a place closer for some good ramen! When do they run out? Can we go for dinner (around 6pm) and still get ramen at Matuba?

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            tabemono RE: pleen May 13, 2008 05:48 AM

            As far as I know, the notice states "limited amount", I imagine basically until it runs out, during lunch,...since they just started, I think they are trying to get a feel for whether it's a succes or not, and running out all depends on how many orders they get.... but whether they serve it for dinner (it they don't run out), I don't know...certainly once could call, and....I believe it's only available in Bethesda, as the chef works at the Bethesda location...happy slurping!!!...

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              Lori D RE: tabemono May 13, 2008 05:54 AM

              I just checked their Web site (http://www.matuba-sushi.com/index.html), and their lunch hours on Sunday are 12:00 to 3:00. This is new for them, as they previously weren't open for Sunday lunch.

          2. jrsmoltz RE: tabemono May 12, 2008 04:48 PM

            Is it offered at the Matuba on Columbia Pike in Arlington?

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              Night Owl RE: tabemono May 13, 2008 06:39 AM

              tabemono -- thanks for the tip. get everyone we know to go so they keep it going!

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                takajin RE: tabemono May 13, 2008 09:33 AM

                So we tried it out this past Sunday. Arrived around 1 pm on Sunday. It was ok compared to other ramen I've had in DC:

                Not as good as Sushi Taro. But they have such limited availability that I never get to enjoy it.

                Probably about the same as the ramen at Maneki Neko and it's served all the time there. I've had ramen twice at MN and the first time it was quite good; the second time was only ok. Matuba's ramen was not as good as the first ramen I had at MN, but better than the second. I assume Matuba's quality can also vary and I'm willing to try them out again.

                I was disappointed in the gyoza though. Overly soggy and undercooked.

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                  tonkotsu RE: tabemono May 13, 2008 04:26 PM

                  I went on Sunday around 1:30, it was ok, not outstanding. I still prefer sushi taro for DC ramen. The noodles were overcooked, the pork was not bad. I thought the broth was pretty good for shoyu ramen, but shoyu has never been my favorite (can you guess what is?). I talked to the owner a bit, and asked if he ever makes different ramen. He said he would love to make tonkotsu (he's from fukuoka, which is known for it) but he didn't think Americans would like it.

                  So I would say if you go, ask for firm noodles and try and convince the owner to branch out to different broths. I'll be heading to Minca in NY this weekend for my fix. Hopefully I will get a chance to try Ippudo too!

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