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Jul 31, 2012 02:50 AM

Coming Soon - Ramen to Annandale?

A friend told me that there is a ramen house coming in early August in Annandale. I will be in the same little shopping area as A&J. I haven't been able to find out anything about it except for what was posted on Quote below.

I hope it is wonderful - I look forward to more local ramen!

"Tanpopo Ramen House will be located at 4316 Markham St., next to A&J Restaurant. Tanpopo means “dandelion” in Japanese.

The restaurant, which is family-owned and operated, will specialize in ramen soup and also include a sushi bar."

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  1. Isnt or wasn't there a Japanese noodle restaurant of the same name in DC, I think near Dupont Circle, a few years back?

    The first page (of many) of a Google search turns up a place in St. Paul MN, but I think this may be one of those common names for that type of restaurant like Ethiopian restaurants named Blue Nile. In fact, wasn't there a film by that name, centered around a noodle shop?

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    1. re: MikeR

      Yes, there was a movie with that name. I don't know about the DC restaurant, though.

      I am just excited to have ramen without going so far away.

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Tampopo and Tanpopo are different transliterations of the same Japanese phonetic characters.

          $35 does not sound like affordable ramen to me.

          1. re: Lori D

            The report says sushi too, and the price range starts at $4. I loved to know that Tampopo and Tanpopo mean the same thing (dandilon?). I will be interested to see the menu and prices.

            Thanks, Lori D for the info!

            1. re: Lori D

              Not too many Japanese people named David Kim. I wonder how authentic the ramen will be? Of the ramen joints around DC, only 1 is actually Japanse ramen.

                1. re: shake N baik

                  Ren's Ramen. I'm less concerned about authenticity than I am with deliciousness. Toki Underground is not "authentic" Japanese ramen, but I think it's as good, if not better than Ren's.

                  Plus, the guy that helped popularize ramen in America, David Chang, is not Japanese.

                  1. re: Guy Incognito

                    Unfortunately, Chang's ramen is not very good. Lacks complexity and tastes of a potent hit of pure salt.

                    I will give a big thumbs up to the kimchi ramen at Toki Underground. I'm still not sure about the other flavors though.

                2. re: Worldwide Diner

                  I like the tonkatsu ramen at Temari Cafe in Rockville, but it can be hit or miss. Their Japanese curry, however, is always on point.

                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                    I really enjoy Temari as well. I will have to try their curry.

              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                > The film was called "Tampopo."

                To my delight I found this film online.

                These people take ramen seriously.

          2. We looked in the window a few weeks ago while visiting A&J. They are doing it up to look like a ramen house. The counter is set up for ramen, not sushi (no glass fish case), and it is certainly attractive enough. There was no menu posted, just the building permit which confirmed sushi and ramen.

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            1. re: PollyG

              That is good news. I'll be anxious to try it! Thanks for the report.

            2. Stopped by Monday (scheduled to open Tuesday) talked with owner, Menu looks great, Ramen $9, plan to go Wednesday for a bowl.

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              1. re: Knazna

                I went last Thursday (which was the original opening day) and enjoyed the ramen on a soft opening menu. I had the miso, my husband had the shoyu. For us, the shoyu was better than the miso. Not my expectation.

                They didn't have the sushi available yet. Since we love natto, we were looking forward to that.

                So - is the sushi bar up yet? Thanks for the report!

                1. re: MarietteB

                  Today I had the Shoyu---the broth was totally lacking in depth or complexity, the noodles had a nice chew, the toppings were a miniscule slice of grey pork, ersatz crab slice, piece of nori, some kernels of corn and bean sprouts and several 1/2 in X 2 in slices of ???. and a half of a semi hard cooked egg. A poor value at $9 compared to Pho Hot with many more toppings and deep flavor for $4.99 or A&J for their Szechuan beef with wide noodles for $5.95 with about as many toppings but really succulent beef pieces that are braised to a glossy dark brown.
                  Quite disappointing and no sushi or much anything else until next week.

                  BTW the Japanese film linked above was great fun.

                  1. re: Knazna

                    I don't know if I'd compare a really good pho place to a mediocre ramen place. That's kinda like judging a NY slice place by comparing it to a deep dish place. Granted, it sounds like the place isn't all that great, but how does it compare to other ramen places like Ren's or Toki or Sakuramen? That's what I want to know.