The New Ramen Noodle

02.24.2014 by: Natalie Lomont
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It was easy to be skeptical when ramen noodle houses began to pop up in other cities like Los Angeles, New York, and even Austin (check out LocalSugar noodles recs in Austin here). That would be like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese houses popping up (wait, that would be awesome). Well, the dressed up mac ‘n’ cheese thing won our hearts a long time ago. Now, it’s ramen’s turn.

With the noodle houses sweeping the hottest food scenes in other cities, we’re glad Dallas is jumping on the band wagon. You’ve probably heard about Tanoshii Ramen, our first ramen bar. If you’ve been to Miss Chi in Preston Center, you are familiar with the owners, Chi and Joey Le. One thing we know we love about their style is that craft cocktails belong with Asian food.

{Photo courtesy of Tanoshii Ramen's Facebook page}

Tanoshii is clean, stylish, and comfortable. If you don’t mind slurping noodles in front of your crush/love, it is a wonderful date spot. Whether you are looking to change it up from North Dallas or the Uptown scene, something about Deep Ellum is daring, charming, and unique. It feels like a bit of an escape.

We started off with the Braised Pork Belly Steamed Buns. Thumbs up. The order comes with three, so you’ll find yourselves wanting to split the third.

Braised Pork Belly Steamed Buns

I went with the most traditional ramen bowl, Tonkotsu-a white, silky pork soup topped with pork belly, kikurage mushrooms, bok choy, menma, nitamago, roasted sesame and scallions. The broth was nice and salty, and of course the soft boiled egg was a tasty touch. One of the most popular dishes on the menu is a Spicy Miso Ramen which is tonkotsu soup and miso topped with pork belly, miso grilled corn, roasted sesame, bean sprouts and scallions. If you want a warm up on a cold day, there is nothing like a hearty, brothy soup!

Spicy Miso Ramen {Tanoshii Ramen Photo}

We also got the Soupless Ramen, Tsuke-Men. If you’re one who loves to dip, this one is for you. Take all the fixings and dip them into a salty broth on the side. Oh, and if meat isn’t your thing, you can also choose a vegan topping!


Tanoshii Ramen is open for lunch and dinner and a perfect spot for late night since they are open until 1am on the weekends. We are sure there are more to come, so here’s to the new ramen noodles!

{Tanoshii Ramen Bar Official Site}

TAGS : Deep Ellum , Tanoshii Ramen