by Steven Doyle
Tanoshii Ramen + Bar opened its doors this past September with huge crowds beating down its doors to slurp up homemade noodles. The ramen revolution that Dallas had been waiting for had arrived. Since opening, the crowds have not tempered if last night’s dinner service is any indication. Even later in the evening when most restaurants in Dallas start to sweep the floors, more orders for the variety of soups were being carried out by the Tanoshii staff.
In the kitchen last evening I spotted a new addition to Tanoshii, chef Roger Wang. I first met Wang one afternoon at Charlie Palmer’s where he was busily making fresh pasta under the Scott Romano regime. Later Wang was at the helm of Nick and Sam’s Grill in Uptown when Romano moved in as corporate chef. Wang is talented and has elevated the ramen at Tanoshii since his recent hire. Wang is working as a consultant. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
For those following the noodles phenomenon, Monkey King Noodle Company is now staying open late. Until now, the awesome Deep Ellum noodlery opened for lunch and stayed open until they sold out. Today they send word that they have expanded their hours and will be open for dinner from 6 to 10pm.
This will give you a chance to try out a few new menu items such as their dandan noodles made with a savory pork sauce, fresh noodles and a bit of chicken broth. This is a spicy variation on ma jiang mian. Also, vegetarians now may order the new veggie dumplings.
The weather is perfect for a bowl of these bargain priced noodles.
Monkey King Noodle Co | 3014 Main Street, Deep Ellum, Dallas | 469.206.3658
by Steven Doyle photos by Claire McCormack
Have you caught the ramen fever in Dallas yet? It is not just North Texas, but rather the Northern Hemisphere that is all uppity about ramen. The delicious bowl of love that takes days to prepare and years to perfect has finally hit Deep Ellum, and just in time for cooler climes.
Tenoshii opens today at 5pm for dinner service. Look for lunches very soon. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas photos by Claire McCormack
Dallas’ first ramen restaurant – Tanoshii Ramen + Bar – will open this coming Tuesday, September 24th. Located in historic Deep Ellum of Dallas, husband and wife duo – Joey and Chi Le – have created a vibrant free-spirited dining room and bar with a carefully developed menu dedicated to the beautiful Japanese noodle dish. The Le’s bring their experiences and the way they enjoy street food to Tanoshii with making fresh ramen noodles in-house and gyoza, embracing vegan dishes that are embedded in the Asian culture, and serving late night ramen hot pot.
Tanoshii’s recipes were meticulously developed by co-owner, Chi Le. “Ramen is truly an art. The ramen chef and the one eating the bowl of ramen are the artists as every bowl is made differently and every bowl is eaten in each person’s own special way,” explains Le. “It is said that no two bowls of ramen are alike, which is all the more reason to eat as many as possible. Ramen is simple yet incredibly diverse. One thing that unites all backgrounds is the love of good food. To enjoy ramen is to appreciate the Japanese culture and the history of this wonderful bowl of noodles, broth and toppings.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Late August we shared the fact that Wicked Po Boy closed in Preston Center. Chi and Joey Le, owners of the groovy NOLA inspired restaurant, which was located at 6030 Luther Lane, were suffering through the fact that there wasn’t a big enough dinner crowd to sustain the shop even though lunches proved to be highly successful. Now we catch rumors that a retooling is underway to bring pho to the center. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Justin Holt’s last night at Lucia is this Saturday. After that you can find the up-and-coming chef cooking alongside his new boss and execu-chef, Omar Flores at Driftwood. You may recall the Holt name from his delightful pop-up ramen nights at a few Oak Cliff bars. The young chef would spend a week conjuring up killer ramen, which happens to be one of the hot new trends in dining, serving it up in cute Styrofoam cups for a mere five bucks.
Soon after Holt announced he was making his move to the seafood-centric restaurant Driftwood, he made comments about giving up on his ramenriffic dreams. Well, this is simply not true. When we caught wind of the new ramen night, which will be held at Ten Bells Tavern in the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, we checked in on Holt. “I’ve got a game plan that should keep me on the road to ramageddon I’m going to stick with it,” said the chef. Continue reading