Aug 23

Spicy Ramen at Ramen Dojo

I’ve been meaning to try Ramen Dojo, sounds like the new ramen place to be! It’s actually at the old Santa Ramen location, and I think it’s actually the same owner as Santa Ramen too, but I’m not definitely sure, it’s just what I heard.  It’s funny to be back at the old Santa location, they’ve done a great job transforming the tiny space with new furnishing. When we got there, there was a short line and we sat at the bar, lucky for us, there were only two of us so we were easy to accommodate. During our meal, the place was full the entire time and when we left, there were lots of people waiting outside. So it’s pretty apparent that this place is busy!

They specialize in Spicy Ramens, offering Spicy Soy Sauce Flavor, Spicy Garlic Pork Flavor and Spicy Soy Bean Flavor. When you order, you may select Mild, Regular and Extra Spicy. All the Ramens are served with Roasted Pork, Fried Whole Garlics, Kikurage Mushrooms, Fresh Green Chives and 1 Small Quail Egg.  They also have an assortment of appetizers. We saw someone sitting next to us eating something that looked really good, turned out to be Fried Oysters so we had to order one too!  We both ordered the Spicy Garlic Pork Flavor Ramen in Regular Spicy with Extra Ramen. I have to admit, I have never ordered a ramen at Santa’s with the regular serving, I always order it with extra ramen. I have no idea how much ramen is even served in the regular order.  Since I was starving, I just had to continue the tradition, extra noodles please!

We got our fried oysters first and they were damn good, the batter was perfect and the oysters were delicious! We then got our spicy ramen, we didn’t know what to expect but we were served a very pretty bowl of ramen. And wow, it was spicy, I think we will order the mild spicy next time! But most importantly, the ramen noodles were REALLY good, they were so fresh and every bite was crunchy, we loved it! At first we weren’t sure why they served this with chives, turns out this ingredient balanced the spice just right! I was also very surprised with how tender and tasty the roasted pork was, I’m usually not a huge fan because most places serve dry pieces.  I can’t wait to return for my next ramen fix!