Ani Ramen House - Montclair
- Curlz May 14, 2014 05:51 AM
I walked past this place 2 weeks ago (on my way to see the film Chef, which anyone on this board would enjoy, btw!)--paper on the windows and a Coming Soon sign. Then the folks at Sun Noodle tweeted their support, so my interest was heightened. Anyone know anything more?? I'd be thrilled to have real ramen closer to home...!
Just seen on Twitter:
“@AniRamen: Sneak Peak (sic) tonight ! Thurs-Sat from 6-9pm.
Enjoy 20% on us while we perfect our craft :)
Awesome. We went for the first time Friday evening. Happy we'd made a reservation (7PM), because there was a line out the door.
We shared two apps - pork buns and stuffed shitake. Delicious. Someone else was having the crispy gyoza. I was tempted to extend my chopsticks and pluck one off his plate. I had the Ani Ramen (with pork broth and added nori and ajitama (soft boiled egg). First rate. My wife had the mazeman (no broth). Also good, but she'll do ramen with broth next time.
Service - friendly and hospitable. The room has more of a NYC feel in a good way.
They don't do takeout on weekends, and I'm not sure takeout ramen is ever a god idea. We will be back in the very near future.
If that is the case, you will love Menya Sandaime in Fort Lee. Noodles, egg, charshu and broth done to perfection. Ani does the noodles and egg well but broth and charshu was lackluster compared to the both mentioned. It was tough and did not have that char flavor.
1638 Parker Ave
Fort Lee, NJ
FINALLY made it to Ani this week--YUM! Three of us met up there a little before 7pm on Tuesday, at which point only a few tables were occupied--but within 45 mins the place was filled to capacity. ON A TUESDAY.
Two of us were early (and HUNGRY) so we ordered the pork buns and the night's special buns--shrimp tempura. I am STILL thinking about those shrimp tempura buns. Amazing balance of textures, flavors, and just a little kick from the sauce. If these are available, do not miss them. Not that there's a thing wrong w/the pork buns, but I was swooning from the shrimp version, and swooning wins in my book! :-) When our other friend arrived, the waiter graciously accommodated our request for an additional order of one of each so we were each able to try both.
For ramen, I decided to go with the namesake--basically pork on pork on pork (there is NOTHING bad about this), with the addition of spinach (I do like my greens). One friend had the night's special which was short ribs, and the other went with the spicy miso, both adding an egg. I don't claim to know tons about ramen other than I usually enjoy it, and this was no exception! Loved the pork, which was tender without shredding, and my friend who had the short rib version said the broth (a combo of beef and chicken) "was to die for" and we both saw the bottom of our bowls. The other friend is a lightweight and couldn't finish hers, but she loved it.
Get there. Early, if you don't want to wait.