As the stars indicate, J food in Minnesota does not get any better.
Ventured here with gf recently for a great meal.
I appreciate the vibe in Tanpopo. They didn't decorate it to make 20,30 somethings feel like they are cool and trendy. There's no sushi bar. This is a noodle shop first. They do have sushi, of course and it's adequate. Just as a suggestion though, if you consider yourself a sushi snob, go elsewhere. Sushi isn't their thing here, noodles and other delicious J foods are.
Also, about the only negative I have to report is service is kind of slow. Slow but very friendly, helpful, and make recommendations you can trust.
Heres what we had:
Tonkatsu Teishoku: pork cutlet, breaded. Covered in tonkatsu sauce. This was excellent. It comes as a set, with rice, miso soup, and a salad. I appreciate this restaurant so much, I feel like I'm dining in Japan again. The salad had a delicious sesame dressing on it. The miso was served with the meal the way it is meant and supposed to be...which few Japanese joints seem to understand or care about in this town. I was very happy with this meal. My stomach was very happy too.
We got a couple apps: edamame and agedashi tofu. Both were good. GF really liked the tofu. Me, well tofu just doesn't thrill me like it does her. I gladly donated my share of the tofu to her cause.
Kitsune Udon: Kitsune is deep fried, thin slices of tofu. If you didn't look closely it could be mistaken for meat. My gf reported it had a sweet flavor. I only tried the noodles and broth...tofu...bleh. Udon noodles were great and for udon connoisseurs, the broth has a strong flavor..kanto/tohoku style. Good.
For desert we tried the sweet potato creme brulee. I'm not a huge desert eater but I give this one high marks. It wasn't super sweet like I was expecting and tasted very, very good. I had to use self-control to not eat all of it which saved me from enduring "the look" from my gal.
All in all a great night and a great meal. I highly recommend and I shall return!
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