Best ramen in Seattle? Go to Boom Noodle, slurp for yourself and decide.
Yes, I know ramen is a hot-button topic for noodle enthusiasts. It's like talking about who does good barbecue or the best burger or the finest pizza. Them's fighting words when you don't agree, and, let's face it, food is an intensely personal thing.
So when I say Boom Noodle's Tokyo Ramen is the best damn ramen I've had around here, I realize I'm putting a match to a tinderbox, surely igniting a torrent of "Oh, no you didn't"s. And opening the floodgates to a stream of "So-and-so's ramen is waaaaaay better."
Well, if you're one of the doubters, go and slurp for yourself. I was a skeptic, too, but my recent visit turned me right round. When Boom Noodle first opened, I found the ramen disappointing. The broth lacked depth and character and the noodles were just plain limp.
But Jonathan Hunt, Boom's noodle guru, has made adjustments along the way, tweaks he talked about recently in a Grillaxin Q&A, and I decided I need to try that ramen again.
It didn't hurt that I wandered into the Capitol Hill Boom on a wicked rainy evening, a Thursday when happy hour runs all night long, so my welcome bowl of steamy soup was something like $6. And it was a thing of beauty. The pork-based broth was rich. It had depth. There were thick slices of tender pork and lots of interesting extras in the bowl, including the soft-cooked egg.
It was the noodles, though, that really made my mouth happy, the squiggly ramen that was cooked just right. It still had a toothsome texture, which meant it didn't get lost in the heady, well-seasoned stock.
If there's a better ramen out there, I want to taste it. Perhaps a ramen-off is in order?