In the conquest to continue searching for some good ramen, I decided to check out Ramen Ya the day before my birthday. When I want to Little Ramen Bar a few weeks back with one of my other friends, he said that he’d prefer Ramen Ya so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll have to admit, it was a little tricky trying to find the place. I was standing in front of the cafe at the end for quite sometime before decided to talk a walk through to the end to find Ramen Ya, hidden to the side.
It was much smaller than I had anticipated on the inside, but at least it was able to seat a lot more people than Little Ramen Bar. Compared to Little Ramen Bar though, I actually prefer their small cosy seating arrangement better.
I ordered the Tonkotsu broth Charsu ramen Set which comes with a choice of either three pieces of gyoza or salad, served with a hot cup of tea. My friend also ordered a side of kimchi as well. I must admit I was slightly disappointed that the egg that arrived with the ramen was hard boiled. I love a good soft boiled egg and how it oozes and mixes in with the broth. The broth in this case was quite flavoursome but a bit on the plain salty side. The pork was a bit stringy and the rest of the other toppings passable.
The gyoza on the other hand were delicious, though it would have been even more so had they not already poured a bit of dipping sauce over them. Most of the time dumplings and gyoza have plenty of flavour on their own, and in my opinion dipping in a dumpling vinegar sauce is such a waste.
If I were to be perfectly honest, I would probably go to Little Ramen Bar if I needed a good ramen fix. Perhaps Ramen Ya does it better for some people but it just doesn’t quite hit the right spot for me in general. I would more than likely come back for the dumplings funnily enough.