My partner on a late Saturday evening was planning to get some food with their friend, so that means I can venture out on my own. As people know from reading this site, I’m a ramen fiend. I love to try all sorts of ramen, and I never mind eating it by myself. This ramen location recently opened only a few weeks ago, and I definitely prefer early dinners. It’s located very close to the 7 train Court Sq stop, and is just around the corner from the Long Island City Trader Joe’s.
When I arrived at 4:30 PM, there was only 1 table with 3 diners. The restaurant itself is pretty big with plenty of spacious zen as well as actual seating. It felt like your normal modern, hip, and trendy Japanese spot.
The service was pretty fast, and the wait staff was super attentive on keeping my water filled.
The ika geso ($10) came with battered deep fried squid on top of a light salad with a Japanese mayo like dip. The light salad had some sort of yuzu vinaigrette drizzled on top. The squid tasted fresh and had the right kind of crisp and texture.
The Toroniku Ramen ($18) came with a pork based soup, tontoro, kikurage, scallion, and half seasoned egg. The tontoro was super fatty pork, with some smoke to it, and was quite delicious. It was literally melt in your mouth as if it was braised for a very long time. The broth was very flavorful and not too oily. The ramen was similar to the Shinsengumi-style where it was very thin ramen noodles. I usually prefer thicker (or curvy/wavy) noodles. Nonetheless, it was cooked perfectly, and it tasted good with the broth. The egg yolk wasn’t quite how I would’ve imagined. It was slightly on the overcooked side, and it didn’t have the strong soy injection compared to most other ramen places.
This is a very no frills and pretty good ramen restaurant that I imagine I would return when an opportunity presents itself. By no means does it warrant a special trip, but it’s by far one of the best ones I’ve been close to my apartment near Queensboro.
No jabs for now. Still too early!
- Initial revision.