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Taste of Tokyo at Jinya Ramen Bar

08.26.2016 by: Travis Sandoval
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Ramen fans will be happy to learn that Tokyo import Jinya Ramen has come to the Domain’s Rock Rose district. The latest outpost offers another spot to find a delicious bowl of Austin’s hottest trend.

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A bowl of ramen hits the spot on a rainy day.

The restaurant was founded in an effort to bring ramen culture to the United States so that a bowl of noodles can be as prevalent as a slice of pizza or a great burger. Jinya Ramen Bar’s first outpost was in Los Angeles and has sprouted in several other cities, tailoring its menu for each location but always keeping its mission. Every guest is greeted by the staff with a friendly, "irasshaimase," a traditional Japenese greeting.

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Caramelized Cauliflower got our meal started.

The menu offers a selection of ramen bowls, Japanese inspired tapas, rice bowls, curries, and desserts. We started our dinner off with the Caramelized Cauliflower featuring pine nuts, crispy mint, and lime ponzu. The dish has light citrus flavors and a nutty crunch. It’s a nice contrast to the heavier meal to come. Other interesting tapas include the Brussels Sprouts Tempura and Pig Ear Chicharron which features harissa sauce, crispy kale, and a poached egg. If you stop in for happy hour, you could definitely be satisfied filling up on these small plates.

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The colorful Sprouting Up Ramen with added Pork Soboro (spicy ground pork).

Several ramen bowls make up the main menu and you're free to add numerous toppings to give them your own spin. The Sprouting Up Ramen features pork chashu, brussels sprouts, egg, green onion, and kikurage in a pork broth. This broth is so rich and flavorful, you may be tempted to slurp up every drop.

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Our second bowl was the Jinya Tonkotsu Black.

The Jinya Tonkotsu Black includes pork chashu, kikurage, green onion, nori dried seaweed, egg, garlic chips, and fried onion in a pork broth. Compared to the other, this bowl is much heartier and less soupy. Both bowls pair nicely with a cold craft beer. 

If you’re looking for a lighter meal, the menu also features some rice and curry bowls like the Chicken Chashu Bowl (featuring spinach, green onion, and a seasoned egg) and the Tokyo Curry Rice.

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Grab a seat at the bar for your next happy hour.

The space is modern and industrial with plenty of bar seating and a large communal table in the center of the restaurant. There are also a few smaller tables inside and on the patio if your group prefers some privacy. A wall of windows gives you the perfect view of the busy street and lets in plenty of light throughout the day, perfect for slurping and people watching!

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