As mentioned in the openings thread, a new ramen shop has opened in the old MJ Ready Thai space in the Coolidge Corner Arcade. What I did not realize until I walked into there today is that Chef Iwaoka who was behind the the ramen pop ups at Osushi in Harvard Square was the one opening Ganko Ittesu Ramen. My advice, run don’t walk for some of the best ramen in the area.
The menu, pictured below, is very similar to what was served at the Osushi pop ups, serving varieties of ramen: Shoyu, Tan Tan, and Miso. I went with the Miso today, as it was the only one I had not tried previously. Similar to the other styles, the borth had a level of complexity that set it apart from other locally available ramen. The Miso includes one nice piece of succulent and ample sized chasu, and a perfectly executed 5 minute egg, in addition to a variety of toppings that are another distinguishing feature of these ramens. Note that the Tan Tan does not include chasu, so you need to order it separately. I prefer the Tan Tan and Shoyo to the Miso, but they are all excellent. The noodles have just the right amount of chew for my liking. It seems like there is less noodles and more toppings than other ramens, but the balance works extremely well. I did throw in some crunchy garlic today, and I would add that again.
It is a fairly small shop, with 5 seats at the counter and table seating for about 12 more. It was half full at lunch time today. Get over there and support these guys for a friendly and delicious meal. Metered parking is readily available in the lot on Center Street directly behind the Arcade, and is is readily accessible via T and bus. The location in the arcade can be a bit hidden for those who have never been in that building, but it is very accessible.