So another Japanese Ramen-Ya has graced this city and this time, it ain't in Chinatown! (in mini-mall Tokyo) No this one is on East side by UNLV, where most of the students hang out. In any case, it just opened and once in a while, it's good to break away from the usual haunts (I still love you the best, Monta, but I wanna see what the others have to offer). Monogamy has no place in the F&B world when it comes to this glutton.
Fukumimi means 'Lucky Ear', and when I arrived at an off peak time period, the place was crawling with Japanese people (first good sign). And the interior had a cheery and warm environment (aka, it actually looked like someone put some thought into it's design...I appreciate that)....good sign #2
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I love it when the weather gets cold here, it's the perfect time for a piping hot bowl full of Ramen. And on a particularly cold day like Saturday, I was running from my car to get into the steam filled restaurant to warm up!
Inside, it's a bright atmosphere with that new restaurant feel (kinda like a new car...didn't want to use the smell reference...) I was seated at the counter, where I could see all the action. The owner was working the line, (the Ramen component) while another gentleman worked the fryer, both working furiously to dish out orders.
I parked my seat down a bar stool, hoping to get warm when I realized it was much colder at the counter; they had air vents blowing cold air to counteract all the steam emanating from the open kitchen (I was freezing by the time I left...must remember that I can eat here in the Summer...and not sit at the counter!!!)
There are other things on the menu, Chicken Ramen, a cold Tomato Ramen and Tan Tan Men (a spicy Sichuan dish); as well, there are various Rice Bowls that looked pretty good too.
On the Appetizer list: the Chicken Karage was recommended, (and at $3.99 for six pieces, it's a bargain) and it came out piping hot. I loved the crispness of fried skin, followed by a moist bite of juicy chicken flesh that sears the roof of your mouth, as steam billows through the tears-heaven... Thoroughly enjoyable and worth coming for-a must get item!
And when the boiling, hot cauldron of noodle soup arrived in front of my icicle hanging nose, I enveloped my face into it's hot breath, inhaling the fatty oils feeding my fifth sense. I ordered the Miso Tonkotsu, a blend I find most palatable.
My first visual: long, thick slices of Pork Belly cut in the most unusual way to which, I have not seen before in Ramen (not that I'm complaining, I ordered extra Chasu Pork and I practically got the whole bowl full of it - score!!!)
Now with another Ramen Restaurant in the Vegas fold, it's getting very interesting; people will decide their favorites, alliances will be formed, friends will become enemies, families will be torn blah blah blah.... I'm just glad that there's more choices, I already have my favorite list, but that's for another post!
Ratings (Out of Five Stars)