Insider Edition: New ramen spots show real promise
The inside scoop on two new ramen spots. The soup has so many combinations and styles, it’s always exciting when new ones arrive.
The Japanese beetles have finally made an appearance and were laying siege to my elderflower bush until I took out the “Death Spa.” A simple solution (literally) for ridding your yard of these pests involves a plastic container with just an ounce of dishwashing liquid in eight ounces of water. Hold the container under the leaf with the beetle and tap it in. They’re very compliant. Thirty seconds is all it takes for them to expire. Stay away from beetle pheromone traps as they only bring more of these pests to your garden.
On to happier things with the following:
- Two ramen houses that opened this past winter
- A budget-conscious French rosé
- A dish of the week that had me wondering “what took me so long”?
— Ralf Joneikies
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New ramen, new adventures
- 281 Kent St.
- Small plates: $6 to $13
- Mains: $17 to $23
- Diet: Modest selection of Vegan options
- Accessibility: Stairs to both the restaurant and washrooms
As with G Burger, Akachan (“baby” in Japanese) started as a pop-up and has now transitioned to restaurant status. I'll allow myself to speak for ramen fans and say that any such new restaurant opening is a cause for excitement. Ramen isn't just one type of soup, the combinations and styles can be vastly different from shop to shop.
In Vancouver for example, it's common to find restaurants that offer broths of varying intensity and noodles of different thicknesses. There is also tsukemen ramen which is served as a much thicker broth into which the noodles, served on the side, are then dipped. As far as I've seen, only Ramen Isshin and Akachan offer tsukemen noodles in Ottawa.
Akachan is a serious-looking space all draped in black and red and it's clear they are intent on doing a proper job as they've added a glassed-in Japanese charcoal grill by the kitchen. Nice touch.
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