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Restaurants, Japanese Wicker Park
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Photograph: Martha Williams Kimchi French onion soup at Oiister

Time Out says

Long, blond wood bar; small, rectangular menu card; concise booze lineup; pork belly buns; pork-packed ramen crowned with an oozing soft-boiled egg. If this Wicker Park ramen joint were channeling New York’s Momofuku any more, Dave Chang himself might serve a cease and desist. We hope he doesn’t, because while Oiistar might never incite the mania of the hipster ramen spots before it, we appreciate it as an option for a solid bowl of noodles, great garlicky fried chicken slathered with sesame soy and muddled cucumber mojitos so tasty we almost don’t mind that they’re served in stemmed mason jars.



Address: 1385 N Milwaukee Ave
Cross street: between Wolcott Ave and Wood St
Transport: El stop: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72.
Price: Average main course: $14
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Mon)
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Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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First of all, I have a new perception of the word "ramen" now. Several friends had been talking about these places for awhile, and I just didn't get it. It seems like the trendy food right now (like the first time I tried tapas) and it wasn't at ALL what I expected. The menu is split into two main portions: buns and ramen. What the hell are those, you ask? I was semi-confused myself. The buns are not like Wow Bao buns (I asked) - they're served open face and split in half. We ordered a pork belly bun and togarashi mussles as an appetizer, then each got a bowl of ramen. I still can't get over the portion sizes (they're HUGE). You will definitely be full, feel like you got your money's worth, leave with leftovers .... and have some awesome #foodporn for insta - seriously, the presentation is beautiful. 5 stars for Oiistar - can't wait to go back!

There are SO MANY yummy ramen places, but none as yummy as Oiistar. Their noodles take the prize in my book!


The portions here are massive, and the ramen is a must. Try to grab a seat on the small patio out front for prime Wicker Park people-watching. 

You're hungry. You're weighed down with bags after shopping Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park. Oiistar is a great option for awesome food in a pinch, and it won't squeeze your wallet. You're going to want to get the ramen because that's their specialty. I recommend the mussels or the vegetarian option.