Del­gado gives The Ra­men a try

Down­town has gained an­other spot for a quick, fill­ing meal.

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Del­gado

Down­town Or­lando has gained an­other spot for a quick, fill­ing meal with The Ra­men. As the name sug­gests, this restau­rant serves Ja­panese fare such as ra­men or noo­dle bowls, rice bowls, ap­pe­tiz­ers such as edamame and more. The Ra­men is owned by Shuichi Tanida, the former chef of the Mit­sukoshi restau­rant at the Ja­panese pavil­ion at Walt Dis­ney World’s Ep­cot.

What I would try a sec­ond time

Bowls aren’t just filled with ra­men at this restau­rant — rice bowls are avail­able as well. The soboro-don ($8.95) was filled to the brim with rice, pork belly, seaweed salad, pick­led onion and aji-tam­ago (mar­i­nated soft-boiled egg). Be­tween the gooey pork and the yolky egg, it was a rich dish.

What I didn’t like

The gy­oza, or pork dumplings ($4.95), weren’t light on the meat, and there­fore the fla­vor.

What I would put on In­sta­gram

A packed ra­men or rice bowl should star on your In­sta­gram ac­count — one’s posted on @Or­lando.Foodie.

Other eats

Takoy­aki, a snack sim­i­lar to frit­ters, fea­tured a crisp shell out­side with a spongy in­side filled with a piece of oc­to­pus. I loved the dif­fer­ence in tex­tures and the umami from the bonito flakes and sauces on top.

The miso-based ra­mens ($11.95) come ei­ther with thinly sliced chicken breast, or for a ve­gan dish: deep-fried tofu. While I found the base it­self to be a bit lack­ing in the sa­vory fla­vor I’d ex­pect, the rest of the meal was

de­li­cious — par­tic­u­larly the al dente noo­dles and ten­der meat.

For dessert, we opted for the dora-yaki ($4.95), a fluffy pan­cake filled with red bean pasta. Fruit and whipped cream came with this light treat.

How I was treated

Or­der at the counter, and your food will be de­liv­ered to your ta­ble. Ev­ery staff mem­ber I en­coun­tered at The Ra­men was per­fectly pleas­ant — and the meals were de­liv­ered quickly. Those en­joy­ing ra­men will be brought diced onions, gar­lic, sriracha and other condi­ments to sprin­kle over top.

My next visit

I’d like to con­tinue work­ing my way through The Ra­men’s bowls — per­haps for some pork broth next time.

When: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day

Cost: $9.95-$12.50

Bev­er­ages: Soda, wa­ter, tea, beer, sake, wine

Wine by the glass: Yes At­tire: Ca­sual For bar-hop­pers

A hand­ful of sake op­tions are avail­able, along with two beers (Sap­poro and Asahi). For a non­al­co­holic drink, try Ra­mune ($2.95), a Ja­panese soft drink. If you’ve never opened one be­fore, ask a staff mem­ber to guide you through it.

For those with spe­cial di­ets

A ve­gan menu in­cludes three ap­pe­tiz­ers and two ra­men op­tions, in­clud­ing the tofu ra­men ($11.95). I ap­pre­ci­ated how the fried tofu re­mained crispy de­spite its soak­ing in the miso broth. Spinach, corn, bean sprouts, bam­boo shoots, and strands of dried chili topped the bowl un­til a good stir from me.

A: Go to Leonard’s Bak­ery im­me­di­ately upon ar­rival for a cof­fee and malasada (Por­tuguese dough­nuts). Go to the Aloha Sta­dium Swap Meet to bring back kitschy things for your friends and the Ala Moana Cen­ter to take ad­van­tage of the Hawaii sales tax. And, of


Snag a ra­men or rice bowl at The Ra­men in down­town Or­lando.

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