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Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

passing thru Jun 4, 2013 05:51 AM

Eater is reporting that some sort of incarnation of the former Allston Super 88 spot is coming to downtown Providence. Very exciting.

http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013...

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    jomo9501 Jun 4, 2013 06:05 AM

    I read that also and got very excited. The picture shows the Biltmore garage, so that may be the location.

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      jomo9501 Jun 4, 2013 08:18 AM

      A peek at the menu!

      http://www.kensramen.com/ramen/457650...

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        ineemeeny Jun 4, 2013 02:07 PM

        Wow, thanks for this. I've never heard of paitan ramen. And there aren't many restaurants I've found that offer tsukemen. Very, very exciting!

      2. trufflehound Jun 7, 2013 05:11 AM

        Now I have to travel to PVD to get decent ramen. Welcome back Kenzo.

        1. digga Jun 8, 2013 01:38 PM

          It's awesome news...gives me yet another reason to get back down to my 'hood! Though I'm in Boston these days, I get more excited about the dining scene in PVD.

          I wish him well!

          1. ineemeeny Nov 15, 2013 07:46 AM

            This might be old news, but I just came across their revamped website! http://www.kenramenpvd.com/

            And, as I drove by this morning, I could've sworn the paper was taken off the windows and that there were tables and chairs. Could it finally be opening soon?

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              ineemeeny Nov 15, 2013 06:49 PM

              Oops. (I can't edit my post?) I was looking at the wrong storefront. Paper still up on the windows. :(

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              vegathechosen Nov 16, 2013 06:11 AM

              It's still not open, The menu looks amazing. Anyone got an opening date yet?

              1. ineemeeny Dec 27, 2013 05:21 AM

                Finally, some movement! I saw this morning that they posted a sign on the window that says that they're hiring servers, bussers, hosts, etc. Here we go!

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                  brokentelephone Dec 27, 2013 05:33 AM

                  Ugh I'm visiting in-laws in PVD and was hoping this place would be open.

                  Anywhere else of note for ramen or pho?

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                  Holly_Penguin Dec 30, 2013 11:09 AM

                  Just looked at menu. Not familiar with Ken's or Ramen restaurant. For the uninitiated, what should I know before ordering?

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                    jomo9501 Feb 4, 2014 11:38 AM

                    Ken's soft opening:

                    We are offering a set menu (Appetizer+Ramen) just for you guys throughout this week, starting tonight!

                    (Tuesday-Saturday)
                    6pm-10pm (Last Call)
                    $15 CA$H ONLY

                    https://www.facebook.com/events/14398...

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                      ineemeeny Feb 4, 2014 02:45 PM

                      Wow! What an awesome surprise! So excited for this! I hope I can get a table tonight! Thanks for posting on CH!

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                        RhodyRedHen Feb 4, 2014 03:50 PM

                        Man, I picked a bad week to be out of town. Can't wait to check it out after the soft open though!

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                      vegathechosen Feb 5, 2014 05:47 AM

                      I went to the soft opening last night, and I was impressed. Small cozy place with delicious food, i'll be going back regularly once its open, cant wait to try the rest of the menu, I think theyre open all this week at 6:30 they stopped taking names around 830 last night. I didnt ask when the grand opening was, as I was still blown away by how tasty the food was.

                       
                       
                       
                       
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                        ineemeeny Feb 5, 2014 12:47 PM

                        I went last night too, and was satisfied, but not very impressed. @vegathechosen, what did you think about those noodles? It was definitely a style that I hadn't had before, and it was surprisingly very firm. As for the broth, I know I shouldn't have been expecting a pork broth, but I was hoping for their chicken-based broth to be more complex. The toppings were great, however, and the pork bun with that special sauce was divine.

                        I know it was a "pre-soft" opening, so I hope they learned that if you put a column for people's phone numbers on the list, then people are going to expect you to call them when it's their turn for a table, which they definitely did not do. (Glad I waited in the cold!)

                        I'm also very excited about some of the other offerings they'll add to the menu once they're fully up and running, especially the tsukemen.

                         
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                          vegathechosen Feb 5, 2014 01:08 PM

                          Yes, the noodles were very firm, and not like others ive had but after a few mins in the broth they were perfect but i assume you were just like me and dove right in and when i did this i thought the noodles were not ready but like you im hoping the iron things out. The ramen was nice after freezing my butt off.

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                            Nl2012 Feb 6, 2014 08:21 PM

                            The noodles I had were perfect - they are getting them from sun noodle company in NJ (which is the first real deal producer of ramen noodles in the US), and they are alkaline noodles which are a bit springy-er than most other types of noodles - also harder to cook correctly.

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