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January 05, 2006



if this is the same place(is it next to Baskin Robbins?), the mabo ramen is good!

clare eats

I can't wait to get back to Sydney for some Japanese!!!!!!!


That's my kind of restaurant. Small, homey, not always perfect. I love dumplings that are ginger heavy. I try not to go overboard when I make filling because Mike isn't fond of ginger. Mills gave me some mandu filling a few days ago. That was flavored with homemade kim chee and totally outstanding.


Hi Reid - The prices sure look good! I really do miss all the neighborhood saimin/ramen places in Hawaii.


^ I agree with Kirk. I love ramen, and there aren't any rament shops at all in Columbus.


Its amazing what you can find at these "hole in the wall" type places. What was the kim chee like Reid?
That donburi looked yummy and had a great price tag too :D


btw I paid AUD$4.50 for 4 pitifully small gow gee (jiao zi or potstickers) last week and they were the wierdest gow gee I ever had. It was in a thick donut type batter and deep fried ball of batter with only a tiny sliver of prawn and mince in the middle. *boggle* It was interesting but not what I was expecting and definitely way way overpriced, even for Sydney! Yours look like the normal type and at a bargain!


Oh wow, I was wondering about this place. I used to pass by Ichi-Ryu every day on my way home and often thought about stopping in for some saimin. Now that I've read your review, I definitely gotta - especially for the gyoza (great price!)

By the by, did you get a chance to stop by the Japanese Festival at the JCCH?


Hi Kat,

I think the place that you are thinking of is Dairyu - House of Noodles. Unfortunately, they closed early last year. That space is occupied by I-naba. And yes, the mabo ramen there was quite good.

Hi Clare,

Why wait? Isn't there a ramen shop near where you are?

Hi Jo,

If you'll notice, most of the places I visit are neighborhood spots. Anyone can go to a fine dining establishment, but I like to find those "hidden" gems.

That said, I love dumplings that have either lots of ginger or lots of garlic in them.

Hi Kirk,

The prices here are very reasonable, and yes, I would miss the neighborhood spots too if I weren't living here.

Hi Cindy,

I had no idea you were in Columbus. How long will you be there for? And when are you coming back to Hawaii?

Hi Rachel,

We have lots of hole-in-the-wall spots here in Hawaii. The kim chee was only mildly spicy, but it was great in the bowl of ramen. =)

BTW...I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the jiao zi in Sydney. The gyoza here were quite good.

Hi Colette,

You'll be surprised by the number of people that say they pass by, but don't stop in. It reminds me of what people say about Bert's.

The ramen (saimin) here is reasonably priced and quite good. If you do stop in, let me know what you thought about it.

And no. =( I didn't get to stop by the Japanese Festival. I had to work the whole weekend! =(

John L.

I visited this place with my dad the other day. We both had the shoyu ramen and found the soup base to be too salty for our taste, though the portions were of good size for the money.

The one disturbing thing that caused us to never want to visit again was that the lady working there sat down in her chair facing us, removed one of her shoes, and proceeded to pick her feet in clear view! Absolutely disgusting!


Ichiryuu is gone...Does anyone know where they moved or if they closed it down? Katsu Curry on Noodles is my favorite.

Feso Malufau

This place is my absolute favorite place to eat in all the world!!! I've been eating there since I was a kid. God forbid, but if I was on deathrow ;) this place would serve my last meal. It's closed now,(the owener/cook was really old) but the Spicey seafood ramen is delicious. Perfect place to eat after going beach all day.

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