December 26, 2018 Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Ramen-Ya: Real Flavors of Asian Noodles in Beirut
Non-smokers friendly
Lunch Escape Casual Dining

4.7 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:94/100

Welcoming: 5/5

Food Temperature: 9/10

Ambiance / Music: 9.5/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 28/30

Architecture / Interior: 10/10

Food presentation: 9/10

Service: 10/10

Value for money: 10/10

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I’m a fan of Ramen, traveling the world for this bowl. After trying it in France, Dubai and New York, it was time to indulge in a hefty ramen bowl in Beirut. Let me tell you the story as it happened...

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Craving a Ramen bowl, I called Ramen-Ya! Ramen-Ya doesn’t deliver and doesn’t have takeaway... I was dying for some Ramen! So I sent someone to the supermarket buy four taper-wares and drive straight down to Mar Mikhael. The experience was awesome! Despite the delivery time and way of presentation, the Ramen bowls were amazing.

Sneaking out from work, I went down to Gemmayze. Ramen-Ya is a Japanese restaurant serving a selection of eight ramen noodles. Five appetizers, five plates of rice and toppings. Occupying an old space, one wall is left as is with the old stones; one is painted in colors and the kitchen occupying the end of the restaurant. 

My favorite thing about Ramen-Ya is that the restaurant doesn’t use garlic in all the plates: I couldn’t eat Ramen in Dubai because the sauce contains garlic, but not in Lebanon.

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Vegetarian ramen, shoyu ramen, spicy miso, sweet miso, yakiso cha-shu, beef tantanmen, seafood tanmen, yakisoba seafood: the choice was hard.

  • Shrimp wontons to start: wantons pockets filled with shrimp and ginger and floating in the Ramen-Ya sauce. A kick of spiciness, a tender chewiness, an interesting saltiness; a tasty finish. Five pieces I enjoyed.
  • Rice: Steamed rice, furikake, nori, spicy codfish eggs, and takuan. Sticky like it should be and topped with fish eggs, that simple bowl of rice is as good as a gourmet preparation. I loved the texture, the spiciness, and the flavors.
  • Yakisoba noodles: fried noodles with shrimp, scallops, squid, mixed vegetables. Top quality and taste! Yummy noodles the way I like them. No water for this plate, if you don’t like Ramen bowls. Amazing on all fronts!

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Now the Ramen! Exceptional Ramen! Ramen the way they should be! The flavors, ingredients, and colors are breathtaking! I enjoyed my food so much!!!! Bravo all the way! Reminding me of all the Ramen experiences I’ve previously had, Ramen-Ya drew a smile on my face. I wish there are more parking spaces in front of the restaurant.

PS: the waiter deserves recognition. Thank you for being professional and attentive.

Suitable For: Lunch Escape Casual Dining



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