By the time we got home from Kamakura it was kind of late. Well, not that late, but Kai and Kanoa were both sleeping soundly. We had planned to go out for dinner, but not wanting to wake the kids, Tandy decided to stay home and sent Chris, Dallas and me out for dinner. Chris took us to a really good ramen spot called Ippudo in nearby Roppongi. At the time, we didn’t realize that there were a lot of Ippudo locations in Japan. Or that there’s even one in New York! Seems like Ippudo is spreading across the globe. Now when’s my next trip to NY? Interestingly, the ramen in NY is priced a lot higher than the ramen in Japan. We noticed this in Chicago too. As Dallas pointed out, it’s like a novelty here so they can price it high. It’s something different. In Japan it’s like a hotdog or a hamburger! I looked at the menus and the ramen I had in Japan was $800 yen ($8.00 USD). The same ramen on the NYC menu was $15! Still, I would pay it to have this tasty ramen again!
This is what I had: Ramen and gyoza. I copied the descriptions from the English-translated menu. It’s kind of funny.
Combination of refined flavours
Pursuing “Tonkotsu” (Pork-based soup) to its perfection, this ramen is a combination of powerful yet refined flavors, accentuating the essence of pork. Please enjoy the different levels of sophistication by slowing mixing in “Koyu” (fragrant oil) and “Umami-dama” (savory ball).
Hakata bite dumplings
Bite dumplings juicy baked and crispy. Equipment and skin also original Ippudo all.