Monta Noodle House
For all of the development along Spring Mountain through the years the one missing link has been Ramen. Not anymore. Monta Noodle House not only fills a need, but fills it well.
Monta sits a couple of doors down from Raku in a tiny storefront (the seating capacity sign says 26, but that would take a shoe horn), and the menu is also small, although there are daily specials added. But the levels of execution have been impressive on every visit so far, particularly the Tonkatsu Ramen, which brings a lot of pork flavor (you can sense all of the bones being simmered down), and fresh noodles. And even though the base stock is richer than many that we have tried, it is hard to resist adding a "spicy" soft boiled egg on top. It has also been hard to not stick to the ramen, but a "Pork Belly Bowl" could not be passed up; are there many better ways to flavor rice?
There is an impression that not many shortcuts are being taken here, which is a terrific sign, and the prices are also reasonable ($6.95 for the soups). The location might even be a subtle blessing - visitors to Raku will be sure to notice their existence, and Monta might even get some windfall from those that can not score a table at their distinguished neighbor.
Most of the ramen I've eaten in LV is the equivalent of if coffee houses served instant coffee. This is great news -- thanks!
I've become addicted to Monta ramen, having been there 5-6 times so far. They are awesome! Their tonkotsku is excellent, (i've been to Daikokuya in LA, and I think Monta is better, flavor-wise) but the thing that makes me VERY happy is the nitamago addition to the ramen- a marinated soft-boiled egg. (actually ranging between soft and hard boiled) I -crave- this so much!
The chefs from Raku come over and hang out after their shift, all the time! Yes, this place is super-small, and it gets really packed at times.
I live here and go there all the time. I usually get 2 orders to go with extra noodles. This gives me 4 meals at home. I take the left over soup and make it with new noodles the next day. They have the best, maybe the only ramen in town. I have been to that place on Twain and Swenson, a real hole, I don't know if it is still there.
I gave Monta a try for dinner on Monday and it was really good. I had the tonkotsu and the broth was delicious. The chashu was also amazingly tender and flavorful. I had them add mustard greens which like everything else brought a surprising amount of flavor. I live in Los Angeles and think it's as good as any of the ramen houses here. Thanks for the recommendation!!