L.A. restaurant, Urban Ramen, opened it’s doors a few weeks ago in Midtown, Detroit. Located on Woodward Ave, right down the street from the Majestic Theater and Magic Stick, Urban Ramen has a simple menu with bold flavors. Urban Ramens delivers modern, yet traditional Japanese dishes. Urban Ramen’s noodles, both thick & thin, are aged for three days and made in house, daily. Combine fresh noodles with Urban Ramen’s slow cooked broth and you get a pretty tasty bowl of ramen.
Shoyu Vegan Ramen: Clear vegan broth, thick noodle, grilled maitake mushroom, fried burdock, wakame, white onion, radish sprouts, and bamboo. When I was asked if I wanted this bowl spicy, the natural answer was “yes,” but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The heat was intense, but balanced well with the rich broth. The fried burdock added texture and a nice crunch. The maitake mushroom was my favorite. It had this amazing sweet flavor, which had teriyaki vibes. Really delicious and I wish the dish had more!
Note: Burdock is crazy good for you! It’s is a blood purifier, lymphatic system strengthener, natural diuretic and skin healer. It also defends against diabetes, fights cancer, and improves arthritis.
There was only a 30 min wait on a Saturday which isn’t bad considering the smaller dining room. Service was good and the food came out fairly quick. Urban Ramen offers chicken, classic pork, or vegan ramen bowls and a handful of sides including garlic edamame and spicy tuna volcano. Urban Ramen makes it easy to customize your bowl. I was surprised that I didn’t see tofu on the menu, but Urban Ramen has a plethora of additional toppings you can throw in. Feeling like corn? Add it! Need more protein? Include an egg or extra meat. Urban Ramen is opened MON-SAT: 11AM-3PM & 5PM-10PM, closed Sunday. Check em out!