Ramen lovers, rejoice: ICHI Japanese Ramen House
(1913 Royal St., 504-948-6670), a new Japanese noodle and small plates restaurant, is now open in the Marigny at the former site of SukhoThai
. The new restaurant from the owners of the Little Tokyo
opened quietly last week.
The menu features traditional takes on the popular Japanese staple including a classic tonkotsu
ramen, made with pork bone broth with thick slices of pork belly, green onions, spinach, beat sprouts, garlic, fried onions, a soft-boiled egg and ra-yu, a type of spicy chili oil. Other noodle bowls include ramen with buttered corn, curry ramen and a version topped with melted cheese.
Small plates feature izakaya
snacks including shumai,
pork buns and gyoza.
The restaurant will add a selection of vegetarian ramen dishes in coming weeks.
For now, diners are encouraged to BYOB, while the restaurant pursues a liquor license.
The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. The owners say the restaurant will likely stay open later on weekends.