The menu is small, but no matter I was there only for one thing – the Ramen. The signature dish is the Paitan ramen ($10); the base is a whole chicken broth is simmered for over 30 hours.
I paired it with the wavy, thick, yellow noodles, and topped it with wood ear mushrooms, scallions, seaweed, bamboo shoots, cha-siu (Chinese roast pork) and a soft boiled egg. It was delicious - The broth was rich with deep Unami flavor and the noodles were a perfect combination both toothsome and springy. The only letdown was the cha-siu - it was lean and a little chewy. Yumewokatare's pork belly is far superior.
The rest of my group seem to enjoy their various noodle selections - for a period of time there was no conversation, just the sound of the six of us slurping our noodles up against the den of the restaurant noise. I appreciated that they had a gluten-free option for Ivanie (a bowl of rice, instead of noodles).
The walk back to the convention center seemed less frigid then the way over with a belly full of heart warming soup in it.