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Coming Soon - Ramen to Annandale?

MarietteB Jul 31, 2012 02:50 AM

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 annandale.patch.com. 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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    MikeR Jul 31, 2012 10:21 AM

    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
      MarietteB Jul 31, 2012 10:48 AM

      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: MarietteB
        woodleyparkhound Jul 31, 2012 10:51 AM

        The film was called "Tampopo."

        1. re: woodleyparkhound
          Lori D Jul 31, 2012 02:34 PM

          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
            MarietteB Jul 31, 2012 02:56 PM

            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
              Worldwide Diner Aug 1, 2012 07:42 AM

              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: Worldwide Diner
                shake N baik Aug 1, 2012 08:05 AM

                Which restaurant would that one be?

                1. re: shake N baik
                  Guy Incognito Aug 1, 2012 09:09 AM

                  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
                    Steve Aug 1, 2012 06:24 PM

                    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
                  monkeyrotica Aug 13, 2012 11:52 AM

                  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
                    MarietteB Aug 13, 2012 12:47 PM

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

              2. re: woodleyparkhound
                GraydonCarter Aug 2, 2012 12:31 PM

                > The film was called "Tampopo."

                To my delight I found this film online. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZHBD1...

                These people take ramen seriously.

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            PollyG Aug 2, 2012 01:38 PM

            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
              MarietteB Aug 2, 2012 02:17 PM

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

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              Knazna Aug 28, 2012 05:11 PM

              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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                MarietteB Aug 28, 2012 05:27 PM

                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!

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                  Knazna Aug 29, 2012 01:12 PM

                  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
                    monkeyrotica Aug 30, 2012 09:53 AM

                    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.

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