Snappy Ramen Davis Square
Anyone been? Just walked by and the ramen is between $10-14. They have a handwritten ramen menu and have renovated to take out the sushi bar, and are back to a communal table for seating (which is where they started when they first opened, then they had a flirtation with 2 and 4 tops for a while). Specifically, I'm interested in how their ramen compares with Yume Wo Katare, which I'll never stand in line for but have been following from afar would love to try. Also, the host mentioned that they will still have limited sushi on the menu til the end of the month then they're transitioning to ramen only.
I haven't been, but I would think it wouldn't really compare to Yume Wo Katare, since that is jiro-style ramen and this (I'm assuming) is not.
I wrote this earlier:
Since then I went back once more for the spicy miso. Didn't wow me much but the pork had improved a lot - very tender this time. I'll go back to try the tsukemen sometime - they didn't offer it yet when I last went.
It's a diff beast from Yume Wo Katare. More comparable to Sapporo, Pikaichi, Inaka. If you're around Davis Sq, I'd suggest Snappy for tonkotsu, Sapporo for shoyu, and YWK for jiro - it just depends on what you're in the mood for. (And how hungry you are: Snappy's portions are closer to Sapporo, not YWK.)
"the host mentioned that they will still have limited sushi on the menu til the end of the month then they're transitioning to ramen only."
That's very disappointing. When I stopped in, the host told me they were going to be adding the "old favorites" from the sushi menu over the next month until they had a full sushi menu and a full ramen menu. I think this is a very poor decision on the part of the owner.
I went for lunch today. My last visit was several weeks ago and things have changed a lot. Sushi and related items have disappeared entirely; there are more ramen dishes; they also serve bao. See my pics of the new menu; they don't have one online yet.
The tsukemen comes with dipping soup/sauce with anchovies, quite salty but tasty esp. with the soft egg. The pork belly is a side order for $3, two quite large tender chunks. Warning: make sure you're hungry if you're gonna order the extra serving of noodles - it's not just a little bit extra, it's a whole other bowlful.
I talked to Yuji the chef afterwards. He seems to be in a consultant role; see biz card below. I asked about the two "assari" and "kotteri" types of ramen they serve. They seem to be those Japanese words without good equivalents. Yuji explained it as "light" and "filling" but said it's about the feeling in your mouth not your stomach. He stressed that the menu is still in flux and said they'll be adjusting it as time goes on and they get more feedback and understanding of the customers' prefs.