We can officially cross off Jinya Ramen Bar on our must-try restaurant list *pumps fists* We finally got to check out their new location at the Mosaic District, and we’re now kicking ourselves for waiting so long. We went for lunch at around 11:30 on a Wednesday to avoid the rush, and it was SUCH a good call because the place was jam-packed by 12:15, like there was a line out the door. So, was it worth all that hype? Abso-freaking-lutely.
We started our meal off with drinks because YOLO. The cocktail above was a magical beverage called the Dragon Whisper. Isn’t it purdy? We loooooved the ombre, and it tasted delicious – think of it as an elevated wine mixer. We also got a bottle of hot sake because why not. Live your best life, right? While enjoying our drinks on the patio, we browsed their extensive menu. We weighed options for a good ten minutes because everything sounded so nomtastic but ultimately decided on the following to start: jinya bun (1 for $4.50), caramelized cauliflower ($6), brussels sprouts tempura ($6), takoyaki ($8), and sweet potato sticks ($3.50).
Their bun was stuffed with slow-braised pork chashu, cucumber, baby mixed greens, and served with housemade bun sauce and kewpie mayo.
Their crispy tempura sprouts were tossed in white truffle oil and served with a trio of dipping sauces.
The presentation of their sweet potato sticks slayed, and they were served with a side of honey mayo.
Their caramelized cauliflower came with toasted pine nuts, crispy mint leaves, and lime sauce.
Andddd their takoyaki (aka battered octopus) came perched on top of egg tartar and drizzled with kewpie mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, fresh cut green onions and smoked bonito flakes.
As you can see, everything was presented beautifully, but the cauliflower, brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries were standouts. Both of the aforementioned veggies were cooked to perfection, and their flavors were so on point. The sprouts were light and crispy – none of that gross oily BS – and our only complaint was that we ran out, ha. Also, the honey mayo for the fries = brilliant and quite possibly our new fave dipping sauce for them!
Then came our three entrees: the pork chashu bowl ($6 for small, $12 for regular), the cha cha cha ramen ($16), and the spicy creamy vegan ramen ($12). The pork bowl came with slow-braised pork chashu, spinach, chopped green onions, seasoned egg and sesame seeds. It was definitely an impressive bowl, but the ramen stole the show!
So, let’s talk about the cha cha cha. First of all, what a fitting name – we were freaking cha cha cha-ing while eating this because it was so yummy. Served with extra thick noodles in a pork and fish broth, this dish came highly recommended by our lovely waitress. Fillings were as follows: pork chashu, seasoned egg, bean sprouts, chopped onion, green onion, garlic, and chili powder. Now, we know Jinya prides themselves on their kickass broth, but damn, their noodles are what impressed us most. The consistency and texture? To. die. for. good. You will be in chewy noodle heaven. #thankgodforcarbs
For our second bowl, we wanted to try something a bit more “unique” so we went with a vegan bowl. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it was honestly just as good (if not more) as the cha cha cha. Served with veggie broth (obviously), tofu, onion, green onion, spinach, crispy onion, garlic chips, garlic oil, chili oil, and sesame seeds. This came with thick noodles, but you could get thin noodles free of cost or spinach noodles for an additional $2. Now, the apps were amazing, but the ramen was the bees knees for sure. They aren’t Jinya RAMEN bar for nothing. We’ll definitely be back soon to try their spicy chicken and sprouting up ramen bowls.
Oh yassssss, cue the drool – we power lift noodles like nobody’s business.
We finished things off on a sweet note with two orders of mochi ice cream ($3.50 for 2 pieces): green tea and chocolate. Seriously too much yum for one post, nomsters! What did you guys think of these dishes – yum or yuck? And which plates looked the best to you?