Anyone else tried this new ramen place, Hakata Ramen on Stanley Street? We went yesterday for lunch and had the bbq pork ramen. I was very impressed with the noodles, nice texture, good flavour, pork was super tender and the broth was pleasant. The broth doesn't have the intensity for some others I've had in the past (none in Montreal though) but it felt like a healthy meal. We also had their super long spring rolls that were pretty addictive. Seems to be a lot on the menu that would be worth exploring.
Went couple of weeks ago and had the "tendrous pork ribs" ramen. Three big pieces braised down to melty, fatty collagen-rich yumminess. Miso broth was bland so the fatty pork and the yolk from the egg were welcome. Curly noodles were springy, just the way I likes 'em. Nothing else but corn and lots of seaweed. Want to try the others just to see. Waitress said the noodles were not made in-house but came from Japan, whatever that means. Will investigate further when I return and have more time. Comparable to Imadake. Slightly better than Sumo if only for the noodles, because I'm not crazy about those starchy, thick straight noodles. Better than Ichiban(which appeared to be kind of closed last few times I looked, though the sign said Closed today for something or other inventory). I liked it better than Kazu which had a bland soy broth even with the garlic, wimpy noodles, two measly skinny pieces of pork, and a smattering of greens, radish and sprouts and they forgot my sheet of nori. I'm trying to remember what Ramen-Ya was like...
I went with a group of friends and they charmed us by splitting all the items we shared into separate bills. We each got a charge of $028 for our edamame, for example. We had a lot of sake and many long spring roll starters (so addictive) and nearly everyone was happy with their ramen, although many had not had ramen before. A friend that ordered the tendrous pork ribs was not a fan of collagen and they were very attentive and offered her something else for free (can't remember exactly what, all that sake, ahem). I also like the texture of the noodles better than other places and agree the broth is not as tasty as some. I often go to Ajisen Ramen in Toronto, for example, great broth. In any case, it was chic enough, inexpensive enough and varied enough to make for a great party.
I went there twice. The first time the miso soup was too salty and the soy sauce was sweet which is a big no-no in my book. The soup is on par with Imadake's ramen but the meat is not as good. The grilled mackerel is good.
The crispy chicken is like sweet and sour fried chicken. I don't see this being offered at Ippudo in NYC.
Not overly expensive, soups are around 10$. The egg had a very creamy, soft yolk. The pork rib option was good, tender and had obviously been braised for a long time, the fat and collagen were all melted, jelly like. The BBQ pork tasted good but it was a bit drier.
Noodles were slightly firm. I liked the broth but I don't have much to compare it too.
The space is pretty huge, I was very surprised. They sunk a fair bit in the decor too. Probably sit 100? There was another couple last night at 10pm (they close at 11) but I guess they'll do most business during the lunch at that location. Service was pretty fast but obviously new-ish, lot of repeating, confirming and pointing at the menu to order a soup...
Water tasted like the fridge/freezer. Was kind of disappointed.
I think it beats the ramen place on st-laurent in chinatown or the one on ste-catherine near st-marc. I'd probably get Kazu's instead though.
1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA