Ramen at Cafe Japone?
My husband and I are recent L.A. transplants dying for our ramen fix. We missed out on Ren, but recently got a tip from a waitress at Kushi to check out the ramen at Cafe Japone in Dupont Circle. I did a quick search and came upon some really heinous reviews on Yelp, but they were all about the sushi. But descriptions of the environment (late-nighters vomiting on the floor!) have me a little nervous. Anyone tried the ramen at Japone, or have any other suggestions within metro distance? We're sick of driving and ditched our cars in L.A. Doesn't have to be the world's best ramen; just good enough to get us through cravings. Thanks!
I'd eaten at Ren's, which was totally satisfactory, if not spectacular, and I have been poking around DC boards for replacements. There are TONS of pho joints all over the area, but only three restaurants with ramen:
1. Temari Cafe in Rockville
2. Satsuma in Bethesda
3. _______ in NoVA. (blanking on name/location, blue sea something?)
I went to Satsuma once, hoping to get ramen, but they told me that it wasn't available that day. Sort of baffling. I remember being pleased with the restaurant otherwise, though I don't recall any specifics.
1043 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
re: Lori D
Blue Ocean and Maneki Neko both have adequate bowls of ramen (although IIRC Blue Ocean's seasoning was off--it was either undersalted or oversalted--it's been a while...); neither is as great, but if you've got that craving and you're in the area, both will do. (Maneki Neko is also pretty good on the sushi front; I haven't tried Blue Ocean's sushi, since I was heading out there on a special quest for ramen.)