Ramen finally arrives in Reno area
- SteveTimko Dec 28, 2012 03:59 PM
Ramen has finally made its way to the Truckee Meadows in the form of Momiji Ramen on Holman Way at Pyramid Way in Sparks. It's the same shopping center just north of Greenbrae Drive that has Scolari's.
I liked the ramen here enough that I will return. They just opened Friday and have not unveiled the full menu yet. The good news is through Dec. 31 they are selling their ramen for $3 a bowl, more than half off.
I got the tonkotsu shio ramen, which is described on the menu as having a salt-based broth. Tonkotsu means pork, I believe. The broth was excellent, definitely a home run there and a good sign for other soups. The yellow noodles were good, but weren't particularly distinctive with flavor or texture. I got extra sprouts and asked for egg. They didn't have egg, so I got corn. Alas, the corn tasted like it came from a can. I put it all on the soup, but I'm not sure I'll get extra corn on my next trip.
They have about six types of soups now, including a soy=based broth and miso broth.
Service was good. Also, I like how the restaurant looked tastefully decorated. Understated in a Japanese style and lots of wood.
When the menu expands next month, the apparently plan to add other types of noodles, including udon.
I was largely indifferent to ramen places until I tried Monta Ramen in Las Vegas with fellow Chowhound janetofreno. That was not only good ramen, it's probably the best Japanese food I've ever had. It's not fair to compare Momiji Ramen to Monta Ramen, especially since they're still getting going. But it's a nice addition to the food scene in the Truckee Meadows.
Hand pulled noodles, I assume?
It's interesting how they came with the name for the ramen you had. Those are actually two different ones. Maybe a combo? If interested, here's link. If you scroll down to "Soup" it will give info.
I'm actually surprised that this is a first for Reno but glad to hear it.
I've been been back twice and tried the expanded menu.
No udon on this menu. Pretty much the same soup choices. You make any of them spicy for 50 cents more.
Before the expanded menu I got the spicy miso soup and loved it.
After the expanded menu I got the soy-based soup. For extras I added mushrooms, eggs and bamboo. The soy broth is my least favorite. The egg and mushrooms were nice. The bamboo didn't add much.
I also got gyoza and they were great. Nice flavorful stuffing and tasty dough. Will definitely try them again. The chef had me try the fried chicken and that was tasty too. No bones.
They're talking about expanding to a second location in the old Sushi Teri in Smithridge Plaza. They may add other locations.
The Greater Reno Grub and Gripe Group gathered at Momija Ramen for a meal on Friday night and by all accounts it was a great success.
The group tried a big part of the menu, including salt- and soy-based ramen broths, the curry ramen and the vegetarian ramen. And we got various add ons, like egg, mushrooms, onions and kimchi. Plus appetizers like gyoza (Japenese pot stickers). edamame and fried chicken called karaage. And a spicy salad called a chashu salad. Everyone seemed to like everything. I certainly enjoyed my salt-based broth.
Service was great. The bill came to $15 each, including a generous tip.
Momija ramen expanded into the room next door. They now have traditional tables for that style of Japenese sitting.
They are also planning on opening a location in the Smithridge Plaza in Reno.
It was a lovely night, Steve. I liked just about everything I tried on the menu but that chashu salad that Janet ordered was by far the biggest surprise. I would've stolen it from her if I wasn't so damn polite. I very much enjoyed the curry ramen, but it was just a bit too salty for me, personally. Will be happy to try other ramen choices next time I'm there.