The Ramen Butcher hasn’t even officially opened yet, but there is a line up. They have a soft opening from February 1st till February 4th with $5 ramen. They open at 11am and close when they run out of noodles and broth. They officially open February 6th with regular hours from 11:00am – 10:30pm.
Since it’s only a few blocks away from my office, a few of us headed over there for lunch. We arrived at 11:30 and there was a bit of a wait. We found that most people came in large groups, so seating groups is difficult. It’s best to come here with smaller groups so you can get seated faster.
The Menya Kouji group has opened up The Ramen Butcher and they own over 150 ramen shop locations. At The Ramen Butcher, they serve up 7 types of ramen, rice bowls, gyozas, and beer.
They have taken over the previous location of East of Main, but most of the interior is similar.
Did you notice the FREE Kaedama extra noodles? I love how they make sure their customers leave full. It’s great for people who are big eaters. I was full from one bowl, but some people could always use more noodle.
Classic Ramen ($8.95) is their signature tonkotsu (pork) broth. The noodles are made in-house. You can add an extra ajitama marinated egg for $1.
You can choose to have your pork fatty or lean. Most of us at the table chose to have it lean.
Black Ramen ($10.95) has tonkotsu pork broth with roasted garlic oil, freshly made noodles, aburi pork chashu and their medium boiled marinated egg.
Orange Ramen ($11.55) has tonkotsu pork broth with rich miso marinated ground pork, noodles, aburi pork chashu, and their medium boiled marinated egg.
Mags chose to have fatty pork and it looked like pork belly because it looked like a thick bacon strip.
Red Ramen ($10.95) has tonkotsu pork broth with spicy garlic paste, noodles, aburi pork chashu, with their medium boiled marinated egg. You can choose how spicy you would like this ramen.
The broth is rich and great for people who like spicy foods. I had to choose the fatty pork. Go big or go home right? There is a large amount of fat content, but it’s pretty delicious.
Original Gyoza ($5.35) is made of pork and its pan-fried. It has a little bit of a char, but it was decent.
Okonomi Gyoza ($5.95) is the original gyoza topped with mayo, bonito flakes, and green onions. This was definitely a unique experience.
The table had mixed reactions. Some said it was salty, but I just gobbled it up. It reminded me of a JapaDog, but with Gyozas.
Overall, The Ramen Butcher was good but it still wasn’t the best Ramen I’ve had. There could be a little bit more meat but you can always order additional meat. The best part is the free extra portion of noodles!
We Rate The Ramen Butcher:
223 E Georgia St