I think this might be the last of my posts using my HTC Desire phone cam. After this, I started shooting with a new toy I might just do a post about. Anyway, I heard about this place through the grape vine while talking about ramen with someone. They mentioned this place called Jinya opened up and I had to try it. I assured them that Nan Chu Izakaya had the best ramen in town, however they suggested I try this because I'd be in for a surprise.
I orderd my usual - miso chashu ramen, and to my surprise, it was actually really, really good.
Gyoza was really good too....loaded with garlic.
Anyway, back to the ramen. It came in a huge bowl, surpisingly, there wasn't all that much broth. It was very, very rich, so thick you could walk across it. It was also nice and salty, just the way I like it. And the staff can read your mind because they've got a nice cold glass of water waiting for you. By the time I finished, I was screaming for the water, haha! The chashu had to have been the fattest I've ever seen so far. I mean, just look at the picture, and most of the chashu is white! It gets nice and melty after it sits in the broth for a bit.
Despite some serious health concerns, this place makes a mean bowl of ramen. The service was quick and friendly, the food comes quick, and I've never had to wait in line to get in. It's also inexpensive. In my opinion, this place is light-years ahead of the likes of Kintaro or that other trendy place downtown....Santouka? Anyway, when they said this place could give Minoru-san's ramen a run for his money, they weren't kidding. I would not say it's better or worse, but either way, it's a damn close call. Would I go back? Haha, that goes without saying.
One thing weird about this place though....I saw someone get ramen for take-out. WTF? I have never in my life seen anyone get ramen for takeout before, but apparently some weird people out there like to come to a ramen shop, and have it to go. To each their own I guess, but ramen is not something I'd go buy at a restaurant just to take it home or back to work to eat. I'd just slurp it down in the shop, or make it myself at home....oh well.