Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ramen Empire

Ramen is all grown up at YumeWoKatare

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Don't be a hypocrite.

If you'd be willing to date a college girl who's mature for her age, then it's time to take another look at your old college food, all grown-up, too. 

YumeWoKatare, now open in Porter Square, is here to help you graduate from 99-cent noodle cakes to authentic Japanese ramen, which just happens to be a lot sexier. 

For starters, you won't find their stuff on the low shelf in aisle five. Owner Tsuyoshi Nishioka runs five successful ramen joints across Japan, and the restaurant looks like something you might find ducking into a Tokyo sidestreet: a modest 16-seater dining space with family style seating and walls decked in picture frames. 

But you don't need a flashy gimmick when you do one thing and do it well. Nishioka's homemade ramen is the star here. Your heaping portion of noodle soup comes with either two or five slices of pork, plus bean sprouts and cabbage, two things that were definitely missing from your dorm room recipe.

Though the lack of alcohol license may be a bummer, that never stopped you in college, either. 

Yumewokatare
1925 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square
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Price: 1 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Porter Square
Scene: A cozy, cafeteria style eatery perfect for a cheap date
Best bet: A heaping bowl of "buta ramen" with five slices of pork
Dream big: The hanging picture frames will eventually be filled with handwritten "dreams" from customers (such as "more ramen")
Ramen romance: After slurping down a bowl of soup together, take her around the corner for cocktails and free live music at Toad
Nearby: Toad; Tavern on the Square; Temple Bar

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