The Vegetarian Detroit Podcast: Episode 1
Mike Ransom, Chef and Owner of Ima, the Japanese inspired noodle powerhouse with locations in Midtown and Corktown, Detroit, and Madison Heights, talks to Jewell Dziendziel about his vegetarian dishes. Ima was awarded Restaurant of the Year 2019 by the Detroit Free Press.
The episode kicks off with Mike Ransom talking about how Ima Midtown differs from his other locations in Corktown, Detroit and Madison Heights. Ima Midtown has a bar which is unique to this location and strategically positioned as soon as you walk into the restaurant. Staff is shaking up creative cocktails which are named after Mortal Kombat characters and include fun, festive garnishes. With the added space, Ima Midtown was able to add a pasta cooker, fryer, and dessert station.
Mike also lays out the difference between udon, ramen, and yaki udon noodles and discusses the current trends in vegetarian cuisine. Mike talks umami rich components and how he achieves bold flavors with vegetarian ingredients. And let’s not forget about dessert! Ima is doing some creative flavors of ice cream along with unique confections that are used to decorate the sweet treats. Tune in to catch this awesome episode, you don’t want to miss Mike Ransom’s food pet peeve!
Ima Midtown is located at 4870 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 near Wayne State. Ima Midtown’s dining room is opened 12-10PM. Carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery is offered at all locations. Visit the website to purchase gift cards and for up to date hours on all Ima locations.
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