When the Wasabi team opened Ramen Takeya in the West Loop, they focused on something a little different—chicken broth. Unlike all the porky bowls that dominate Chicago's ramen scene, the chicken paitan is more delicate, and precisely what you'll want to eat to stave off a cold. It comes with springy noodles, onions and a bright-orange yolked egg. On the side, try a mini donburi bowl, packed white rice topped with salmon roe, basically a giant sushi roll. The space is small, but food comes out quickly, so you'll be moving along in no time.
|Venue name:||Ramen Takeya||Contact:|
819 W Fulton Market
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm; Fri 5-11pm; Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Green, Pink to Morgan-Lake. Bus: 8.|
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A rainy Saturday called for Ramen. I was near the Fulton Market District and decided to give Ramen Takeya a try. This is a 'sister' restaurant to Wasabi, in Logan Square. It was 12:30 and there were some open tables, which is hard to come by in the area. The space is simple, somewhat rustic and cute. A nice, approachable vibe. Our server was super-friendly and helpful, but not at all annoying. We started with an order of fried chicken buns, which consist of chicken karaage and spicy mayo. These were delicate, perfectly crispy and delicious. Our server steered me to order the Spicy Chicken Paitan ramen, which has a rich chicken broth, egg noodle, pork belly char siu, soft boiled jidori egg, marinated bamboo shoots, kikurage mushroom, scallions & chili. This was spot-on. A nice portion size, in my opinion. The noodles were perfectly tender/chewy, the broth was rich and flavorful, without going into the thick tonkotsu realm. The egg was probably the most perfectly custard-like egg of all time, as was the pork belly--butter-tender. I was also amazed by how much I loved the marinated bamboo shoots. Next time I will most likely order extra egg, pork and shoots--they were that good. My husband ordered the Miso bold & spicy ramen, which had chicken broth, straight egg noodle, pork belly char siu, soft boiled jidori egg, marinated bamboo shoots, fire bean sprouts, chili spice, chili oil & chili threads. We can handle a high spice level and have to admit this was serious! His sweater had to be removed and the pitcher of water was emptied. This was a really nice bowl as well. The broth was flavorful and the miso contributed a nice component. Again, all the elements were perfectly done. My vegetarian daughter ordered Vegan Tan Tan Men but substituted the egg noodles for the soba noodles, so it was vegetarian, not vegan. This delicious bowl included seitan ragu, mushroom and seaweed broth, scallion, sesame, bok choy, chili oil, & chili threads. For a veg ramen, it was so flavorful and balanced. The mushroom lended a wonderful umami richness to the broth. The grilled bok choy was still nicely crisp and the marinated mushrooms were garlicky and meaty. All in all, it was an excellent experience. I honestly cannot wait for our next visit--my daughter asked if we can go again today, and she's a tough critic!