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Oct 22, 2012 11:38 PM

Ramen Sora

Max Jacobson just reviewed this place on Spring Mountain. It looks promising. Have any Chowhounds been there yet?

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  1. I just had Ramen Sora last night. Do yourself a favor and go to Monta Ramen instead.

    Ramen Sora was very disappointing. It was my first time there and had heard that it was as good as Monta, but without the wait. Well, that proved to be too good to be true.

    My main problem was with the broth (which is a major problem for a ramen place). It was just salty, muddled, and heavy. It had none of the qualities of a great ramen broth. It lacked the lusciousness, the richness, and the complexity. The sliced charshu was not good at all. It was sliced very thick and was a bit tough and dry. The mini charshu rice bowl was not good either.

    Monta is definitely the best ramen place in Vegas. Their broth is amazing and the charshu is melt-in-your-mouth perfection. I've eaten at many ramen houses in Southern California and also had ramen at the renown Ippudo NY. The only ramen house I'd eat at in Vegas is Monta.

    Monta is traditional while Sora tries to be young and hip and edgy. You go to Monta and you know exactly what to expect. Tonkatsu, shoyu, miso. You go to Sora and the first thing you see is an item called "Killer Spicy Ramen!" I don't want flashy menus and interesting names, I just want a solid bowl of ramen.

    4 Replies
    1. re: ah6tyfour

      Thanks for the quick report. I am extremely fond of Monta. I just ate at Ippudo in New York and I'm not at all sure I think it's superior to Monta. I definitely prefer the tonkatsu shoyu better at Monta. I enjoyed my friend's spicy ramen at Ippudo that included black sesame sauce.

      1. re: Dave Feldman

        Don't let the New Yorkers hear you say that! Taste-wise, I do agree eating at Monta would satisfy my craving for Ippudo. But Ippudo painstakingly makes their noodles by hand and their charshu is much more delicate. I had that same spicy ramen and loved the richness and complexity of the broth. It's a heck of a lot easier for me to get Monta vs. having to fly cross-country to Ippudo though. I liked Ippudo's charshu bao as well, but I had the one from Momofuku Ssam right before that and loved Momo's more.

        I'm actually hoping you'll try Sora and report back so I'll know if Sora just had an off night. I was very disappointed eating that bowl of ramen.

        1. re: ah6tyfour

          And it's easier for me to get to Ippudo - I am a New Yorker! I agree that the charshu is superior at Ippudo, and maybe the noodles, too, but sometimes the broths at Ippudo are too rich for my taste.

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            Sort of amazing how two people on opposite sides of the states have had the same two bowls of ramen (Ippudo and Monta).

            Just want to mention that Sora does not have tonkatsu broth. I was very disappointed as tonkatsu is my usual choice. You choose the menu item you want and then choose your broth. Their three broth choices are miso, shoyu, and shio. I had the miso and the broth was very heavy-handed. I don't mind richness if it's also complex, but richness along with muddled flavors just don't do it for me. It's like a poorly made menudo (or worse, canned menudo)...sadness.