The day before Thanksgiving, I had some business to take care of in midtown west that left me hungry afterwards. Since DLS was “working from home”, we decided to meet up for ramen on the rather rainy day, at a place that Cheese had recommended to me more than a few times – Tabata Ramen.
As soon as we’d ordered, small salads appeared. Tasty enough but completely unnecessary, it was a nice touch for a lunch meal.
DLS ordered the shoyu ramen. I tried some of his broth and thought it was sweeter than I expected the broth to be; soy sauce based as shoyu is, I expect it to be super salty – which is ironically the reason I don’t order it.
It’s ironic because I tend towards the shio ramen, which is what I ordered… and shio means salt based broth.
My broth was definitely saltier than his shoyu broth, but not overly salty. In fact, I found it perfectly satisfying on a rainy Wednesday when the city was hustling its butts around for Thanksgiving the next day, while I had not a care in the world. The noodles were perfectly chewy and while maybe not my favorite ramen noodles, they were simply good, and that’s all I wanted on that day. The pork slices were very good, but never my focus when I eat ramen. I would definitely return to Tabata – and in fact want to return so I can get the tan tan mian, which I hear is incredible here.
Yvo says: I can say with certainty that I’ll be back. The prices in the low double digits make it about on par with my favorite places, and sometimes you just want a big steaming bowl of noodles – which isn’t always easy to find in Midtown for a reasonable price or reasonable wait (I’m looking at you, Totto). Slurp away!