Ramen bar earns a good rep

A La Carte

February 26, 2023

Story By: Stephanie Lopes | Photos by: JINYA Ramen Bar

JINYA Tonkotsu Black ($18.80

JINYA Ramen Bar’s reputation for rich, perfectly balanced ramen preceded its August opening in Ward Village.

Furthering his father’s legacy as a successful izakaya owner, Tomo Takahashi first founded JINYA Ramen Bar in Tokyo in 2000. The restaurant’s 49th location continues Takahashi’s reputation for serving ramen to please even the most discerning palate.

“What makes this ramen unique is that our noodles are made from scratch and undergo a special aging process before they are cooked in Fuji water which is 99.9% free from impurities,” describes general manager Robert Fewell. “The broth is slowly simmered for more than 20 hours.”

Six broths (including vegan options) along with an array of authentic toppings and homemade, aged hot sauce create a plethora of customizable ramen options.

A best-selling ramen is the JINYA Tonkotsu Black ($18.80), which combines thin noodles, pork chashu, kikurage, green onion, nori dried seaweed, a seasoned egg, garlic chips, garlic oil, fried onion and spicy sauce in delectable pork broth.

Until Feb. 28, the JINYA Tonkotsu Black can be ordered with two pieces of juicy fried chicken and a Sapporo draft for $24 — and guests can take the pint glass home for free, while supplies last.

Elevate the JINYA Ramen Bar experience by pairing ramen with a small plate. The Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna ($10.80) is a guest favorite, topping grilled sushi rice with spicy tuna and sliced serrano pepper.

“Our owner’s vision is one where people eat ramen every day,” Fewell concludes.

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