Friday, June 18, 2010

Yatai Ramen Twist at Breadbar

When I heard Breadbar was going to have a pop up featuring ramen, I immediately IM'ed my friend Kris (one of my favorite dining partners) to ask when he wanted to go. We figured out a time that worked for both of us and I quickly made a reservation. I had been craving ramen again after a recent trip we made to Ramen-ya so Monday night could not arrive soon enough.

According to the Breadbar site, "Yatai" is a small, mobile food stand that sells ramen and other hot foods. Apparently these stands are frequented by businessmen after a long work day so this dinner was perfect for me after a (not so long) work day.

Yatai at Breadbar

Yatai at Breadbar

A few early reviews I saw of Yatai were all great and after reading the short menu several times, I already knew what I would be ordering. I tend to decide what I will have before I go to a restaurant because I can be indecisive if asked to make a spontaneous dining choice.

Spicy Miso Ramen

I went with the spicy miso ramen which came in a rich broth with pork belly, a boiled egg, bamboo shoots, and seaweed. This was a great choice. The noodles were cooked al dente and had a nice chewy consistency. The pork belly was tender and the broth was richly flavored, but not heavy in consistency.

Kris loves gyoza so we ordered both versions that were available. I thought they would come out as an appetizer with our soup, but they came at the same time. I thought the kale gyoza would be a little boring, but they were not at all. The kale was seasoned well and there was a mild onion flavor as well.

Kale Gyoza

I've never eaten pigs' feet, but I decided to be adventurous and try a pigs' feet gyoza. It was fine, but I didn't have more than one. It was sort of like eating ground pork, but with a bit mushier consistency. Both versions had a nice crispy sear on the bottom.

Pork Feet Gyoza

I only tried a bit of Kris' foie gras ramen (one of the "Twist" ramen options), but I liked what I had. In fact, the whole meal was great, I may try and go again before the series is over. Yatai ramen twist is running Mondays through Saturdays through July 24th so there is still plenty of time to get your ramen on!

Yatai Ramen Twist at Breadbar
8718 W. Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 205-0124

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Devon said...

Miso ramen is the best and I love gyoza. I got hooked on the stuff while living in Japan.

Kelly said...

I'm so jealous, I love the idea of a pop up restaurant. How fun and all the food looks amazing. Ramen always reminds me of my trip to Tokyo because my dad and I ate at a lot of hole in the wall noodle bars. They were unintimidating, filling, and inexpensive.

Erica said...

You guys have the most unique restaurants! How cool. The dishes are gorgeous. Glad you enjoyed ;)

Joanne said...

How fun! i'd love to try all the crazy ramen combos! the miso looks delicious.

Gastronomer said...

Your post has inspired me to grab a bowl of ramen after EMB! Thanks for the great idea.

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I like the idea of the kale gyoza. Love the sheet of nori sticking out of the ramen. :)

vanillasugarblog said...

how i would love to go to that place. the crust on that gyoza is perfect.
i have a long list of places i need to feast at in la. and you're coming with me!!!
have a good weekend girl!

Juliana said...

Love ramen...and this restaurant sure added a nice twist :-) YUMMIE!

Anonymous said...

Kris = awesome food experiences!

Memória said...

I envy how varied your tastebuds are. I am so picky.

La Bella Cooks said...

I would love to go there and order up a couple to try. The menu looks wonderful! Your miso looks heavenly.

Sippity Sup said...

Really an noodle inspiring post. GREG

Banana Wonder said...

Ah, how cool you made it to the pop up ramen! And your ramen really makes me want to go there. I like the kale gyoza idea - glad no boredom there.

Duchess said...

Sigh, looks ammmmazing. Wish I were closer!

Diana said...

Let me know if you want to go back -- I had the spicy miso on Sat after EMB and am DYING to go again before the series is over! Was so delicious!!!