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RAMEN in Old City! Monday night only. Who is going to Khyber's Japanese night?

phillylunchjamie Feb 19, 2011 08:27 AM

Have you guys checked out the menu for Monday nights Ramen/ Japanese Izakaya "pop up" dinner? The menu looks awesome. We need something like this in Philly, I have been craving hakata ramen. And kara-age fried chicken is always awesome.


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    seagulls1 RE: phillylunchjamie Feb 19, 2011 05:34 PM

    I want to go. But. I work past KOPrussia 9 to 9 pm. I know it says "til 1 am" . But, ugh that's a long day. Wish Again there was permanent good ramen somewhere round here.....

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      malkazanie RE: phillylunchjamie Feb 21, 2011 07:32 AM

      I'll be there! I'm on a constant hunt for ramen in the city... made it to Morimoto's at lunch only once (since I work in Conshohocken) and while it was delicious, I need a much more accessible option. Hoping to check out Doma's offering soon too.

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        lost squirrel RE: phillylunchjamie Feb 22, 2011 09:18 AM

        Well, what did everyone think?
        I was there at 4:45, got a table and promptly waited about an hour for the ramen. The kakuni sando took about 45min and the incredibly tiny mentaiko meshi took a long time too.

        The taste was good overall, but my bowl of ramen was missing ingredients that the other bowls had. I realized it only after finishing off another's bowl and I told the waiter, he thanked me for my input. You'd think that after an hour wait and serving me a mistake, someone should offer an apology at least?

        Oh well, at least I got to eat. My friends arrived at 6, were told a 3hr wait and then at 9 were told that everything was sold out. Ouch!

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          phillylunchjamie RE: lost squirrel Feb 22, 2011 01:35 PM

          I know they did run out of food and the waits were a bit long, but its hard to accommodate such crazy crowds. I have never seen a buzz like that before, especially on twitter. The pork in the ramen was amazing. The chicken karage, boy choy, and both buns were really well done. It would be nice to see this menu in a real restaurant soon so we can all enjoy it without the wait!

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            lost squirrel RE: phillylunchjamie Feb 23, 2011 07:03 AM

            I'm with you on that, to have real ramen somewhere in the city would make me very happy.

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              sockii RE: lost squirrel Feb 23, 2011 01:10 PM

              A ramen shop in Philly is pretty much my ultimate dream at this point. Is Morimoto's the best/only place to get it right now? I can only do Philly for lunch these days but I'm so tired of having to trek to NYC to get ramen & other Japanese noodles dishes....

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                barryg RE: sockii Feb 23, 2011 01:44 PM

                Doma, Tampopo's West Philly location, Izumi (lunch only, I think)

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                  Philly Ray RE: barryg Feb 23, 2011 01:52 PM

                  I'm no ramen expert, but the bowl I had at Izumi (with pork belly in it!) was quite yummy!!

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                  lost squirrel RE: sockii Feb 24, 2011 06:37 AM

                  Morimoto's ramen is terrible. The broth is nothing like a real tonkotsu ramen, there's no thickness or collagen and furthermore it's bland and lacking seasoning. The noodles are nothing special either. It's bargain basement broth by Japanese standards.

                  I haven't tried the other places yet, but I hope something good shows up. The word in the Japanese community here is that the owner of Yakitori Boy is opening (or planning to open) a ramen shop somewhere on South St. I'll let you guys know what happens if I hear more.

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                    Buckethead RE: lost squirrel Feb 24, 2011 06:50 AM

                    In the meantime, try Izumi at lunch. My ramen experience is limited to Ippudo in NYC so I'm not an expert but Izumi hits the spot.

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                      lost squirrel RE: Buckethead Feb 24, 2011 09:50 AM

                      Will do, I live pretty close to Izumi.

                      Ippudo in Japan is pretty good, not great but still very good. Next time I'm in NYC I'll try to get there.

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            seagulls1 RE: phillylunchjamie Feb 23, 2011 12:11 PM

            Well,, glad I didnt go. would not have gotten there til 10ish

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              malkazanie RE: phillylunchjamie Feb 24, 2011 08:31 AM

              Yeah, we showed up at 6:30 and were also told a 3 hr wait (for a party of 2, at that). As much as we love ramen, my friend has a baby at home and I had work the next day, so we opted for Sichuan at Red Kings instead. Good thing we didn't wait - looks like we wouldn't have even gotten fed! I enjoyed Morimoto's ramen, for what it's worth. Big fan of Setagaya in Manhattan, too - haven't made it to Ippudo yet.

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