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Reviewed August 14, 2019

Everyone who had been to Boston recommended this place even though it is known to always have long lines because there are only 18 seats in the restaurant. The menu consists of 2 items - pork and extra pork but those are the only choices...you need. The theme of the shop is that the bowl of ramen represents your dream and you are encouraged to be in the moment while you are eating so cell phone use and talking are not allowed. The broth takes 24 hours to make and it is superb. My advice is to get the extra garlic because all of the different features of the ramen make it unique to other bowls. Once you finish your bowl you can stand to say a dream you have as the shop collects dreams through the year. If you are in the area the vibe is really fun and the ramen is an experience to remember. BUT make sure you go there sooner rather than later as the shop sign says "until 2030" as that is when the chef plans to retire.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

a little too oily and salty for me but they give you a lot! taste is good and so is the theme. there will likely be a line though

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

The ramen is tasty-- broth is very flavorful, the noodles are fresh, and the meat is good. I don't mean to be negative but I wish I knew more about this place before I went. Definitely know what you are getting yourself into when you...go. I was not aware of their service model which unfortunately lead to a bit of a bad experience. I am normally pretty open to new experiences, but frankly, I was really hungry and tired and I felt like I was being treated like a child at camp. We were instructed to wait multiple times because they can only make a max of 6 portions of ramen at a time and they insist on making them all together. Though 2/3 of the chairs were empty, we had to wait for more than 25 minutes while one of our six person party showed up and were not allowed to sit, only stand inside, and even then we had to stay "behind the lines." The portions are generous, but you are not allowed to bring any food home. I felt guilty not being able to finish my food, as did my companions, but you are not allowed to take anything home because "the noodles will become too soft." It is stressful for me philosophically and financially to waste food. They also shout to the entire restaurant "perfect" "almost" or "next time" depending on how much of the food you can eat, which can really increase how guilty you are feeling. The incentive is to go hungry (which for me today meant cranky) to eat the whole thing, but then to contend with all of their rules. I personally would rather decide for myself to eat only until comfortable, then bring home noodles that I have paid for even if they get soggy-- I paid for them. It is a really creative model and for some people, this may be a dream come true. For me, I felt ignored while waiting, listened in on while eating, patronized when interacting with staff, judged, and pretty uncomfortable throughout the whole experience. They do not seem to care if they are making you uncomfortable because they are very dedicated to their model, which I can respect. In sum: just be aware that you are going into an experience that they will dictate (even though you paid for it) -- if you go with the flow, you might really enjoy it. If you are hungry, tired, or otherwise not up for it, I'd recommend you go somewhere else. There are plenty of comparable ramen and noodle places in the area and it's not worth paying $15 to eat more than you want to and have to follow rules that may not make much sense to you.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile

Unusual ramen, took my friend because I wanted to make him see how amazing ramen can be, but this isnt really that kind of place. The pork was good, noodles were fine and broth was ok at best, but I dont think this is a...place where the broth is that important, bo spoons, different from other places where you lick the last drops of the broth off the plate because its so good. The staff was nice and food ok but not really what I expected from the top ramen place in boston.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

Great ramen, huge servings, and interesting restaurant culture. Led by a server, every patron is complimented by the rest of the patrons with shouts of "Good Job!!!' or "Perfect!!", etc. And if you so choose, you may also announce a "dream" of yours to the...rest of the restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

No frills, No ambiance, 3 rows of seats, think 6 seats each row. Served by the rows, not sure what is exact reasoning behind this? I got the regular original for $12 Very good tasty chewy ramen noodles, very tasty broth, a bit salty for...my taste (they don't recommend you to finish the broth), I got mine with garlic bowl was literally overflowing with bean sprouts & Chinese napa cabbage, pork, noodles Definitely best ramen in Boston area so far, haven't tried others in close proximity yet. Was closed Saturday after 5pm, tried going to Sapporo 0.5 mile down the street, 5-10 people waiting in line. Didn't want to wait No take out available as any really good ramen placeMore

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed April 2, 2017

I wish I could give it 6 stars across the board! Great food, great service, and great experience! I only wish you didn't have to wait in line for so long sometimes when it's cold outside, but that's the price you pay to enjoy the...meal and you get warmed up pretty quick! I would only eat a very light lunch if you're planning on coming here for dinner. I've tried the different specials they offer sometimes. The spicy is pretty spicy and there's a lot of it, so think twice before ordering. The other specials have been good, but the original is the best. Choose garlic, choose buta, get a perfect, and share your dream!!!More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Reviewed February 16, 2017

There was something about this place that reminded me of Seinfeld's soup Nazi. Instructions for how/where to stand on line, instructions for how to order (there is only one choice - regular or large), how much to eat (perfect, almost, try again), how to share...your 'dream'. It's cash only, everyone needs to be there to sit, you cannot share a dish, and you cannot take home leftovers. This rule in particular irks me. It's a lot of food and half the people there didn't finish. They are throwing out a tremendous amount of food. And if I paid for it and want to take it home with me what's the harm? They claim it's because it's best in the first ten minutes. So what? I will have known that, having eaten 1/2 my soup on site. Whatever. The ramen is indeed delicious in a very fundamental way - soft tasty pork, homemade noodles, rich pork broth - but I can't see going back. It's very one dimensional, and I don't like being treated like I'm in grade school.More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed February 14, 2017

Environment: 18 seats. Very luck to have a short wait time. Staffs are super friendly and interact with customers. The Host will share his dream to the customers every so often. It's very pleasing to see a group of people listening, appreciating and enjoying some...good ramen with one another. Food: This is the reason it's missing ONE star. I felt the ramen was over cooked. Maybe it's due to the extremely hot broth. I usually OK with sipping hot soup but this bowl was still boiling hot and I had to pace myself slowly with caution. The soup had a very oily layer (which I wasn't fond of). The meat portion was very fat (that adds to the oil). Broth does seem slightly saltier compare to other ramen places I'd been to. Question if I will go back here again, answer is NO. Satisfy your curiosity to why this place has such an overwhelmingly great review. Eat in and write your own review. Everyone has a different palette and I'm sure many will find it excellent with a 5 star review.More

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

I went on the recommendation of several friends and was extremely disappointed. I've lived in Japan for over a decade and Yume wo Katare ranks among the worst I've ever had (the best being in the recesses of Hokkaido and Fukuoka). I got extremely sick...immediately after leaving the restaurant -- that was a ramen first for me. I also wasn't a big fan of the atmosphere. Some people may dig the song and dance, but I just wanted to eat good ramen in peace. Alas.More

Date of visit: January 2017
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