Slurping is a must for noodles... Period...
Before heading to Tokai Ramen, watch a few YouTube videos about ramen joints to get an idea of what you may expect.
If it is your first time, I suggest going during an off-peak time so the restaurant has time to answer your questions.
Otherwise, the place is packed tight during supper service and your newbie experience will be left short.
The place is a long narrow seating hall with less than 20 table seats, 6 bar seats and 6 window seats.
Not the best atmosphere for a first date :-)
I like the in-and-out efficiency.
Perhaps a little too "Asian efficient" for date night with the fam jam...
The anticipated experience should not be equated with your favourite Thai or Vietnamese place.
Regardless of scenery, the food is top-notch.
My personal thoughts are:
I would want to add more spice or salt at my whim, and would prefer chili paste and soy available at the table.
We had the Suki Ramen, topped with savoury beef, and the spicy Orochong Ramen, topped with grilled chicken and vegetables.
The broth is deep and rich without too much salt or soy. It is very different from pho or wonton soup. Be prepared for a flavour experience!
Sadly, I was stuffed to the top with my ramen. I wanted to eat all night.
Very very good.
Spring rolls were not the best I have had... Pass on those.
You will need to NOT be afraid to ask for whatever you may need.
This is NOT a North American restaurant where they anticipate your needs.
It is best regarded as an in-and-out... Get what you order and enjoy.
Ask for extra napkins (slurps will need to be wiped from your face), water and condiments, if your want them.
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