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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ramentei - Ramen and Japanese Restaurant - Silom, Bangkok (English)

Ramentei - Ramen & Japanese Food Joint @ Soi Thaniya, Silom, Bangkok

Overall Score  8/10
Taste   4/5
Ambiance  4/5
Service  4/5
Value   4/5

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The Ramentei is a Japanese Noodle shop that has been around for quite some time.  As far as I know, there are two locations; one is at Sukhumvit 33 and the other is at Thaniya.  The one that I went to was at the Thaniya Soi.  I drove there that day and parked at Thaniya building and found out later that the restaurant didn’t associate with the Thaiya parking garage.  My suggestion is to take the BTS to Saladaeng or the MRT to Silom.  Walking from Silom road into the Thaniya alley, this Japanese spot will be on the left, just past the entrance to the Thaniya’s underground parking and opposite from a Family Mart.  Noticeable is the wooden door with hanging brown cloth sign with white Japanese writing; a basic symbol to identify all Japanese restaurants.  Some of you may wonder why the greeting sign is hanging low to make you duck under it to get through.  My assumption is that it intends to make everyone bow as paying a respect to the place.   

I was there with one other friend.  Ramentei was a recommendation from food critic friends.  This aged Ramen shop is known to serve a mix and match of Japanese and Chinese specialties.  One section I saw in the menu was dedicated to Chinese style stir-fried dishes.  And some Ramen dishes were adapted from a Chinese cooking style.  

Seating arrangement at Ramentei was separate into three small zones; tradition floor seating, regular table, and bar around the kitchen.  The design was very Japanese with the warm wood tone furnishing.   It portrayed a welcoming and cozy atmosphere, though the place was so lively during my visit at lunch time.  Thaniya area is like a Japanese town; not officially but Japanese people are everywhere around here.   Office people of Silom were out for their lunch.  Part of the crowd was flooded into the Thaniya Soi as well, which made the area a bit chaotic.  Mainly Ramentei was the host to Japanese office workers since not so many Thai office workers would spend over 200 Baht for lunch on a regular basis.  

Among the two of us, we each ordered our own Ramen dish and shared a side dish.  I felt like having the crispy noodle so I had the Katayakisoba, which was a similar composition to a Chinese-Thai dish, Lard Na on crispy egg noodles.  Good mix of shrimp, pork, mushroom, and veggies in brown gravy appeared to be so Chinese.  The taste was actually exactly the same.  Adding condiments and sauces on the table were highly appropriate on this dish since it was served plain and mild.  I added chili-garlic blend, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and bean curd paste.  A little bit of everything really spiced the dish to an enjoyable one.  Compliment is on the crispy yakisoba noodle.  It stayed nice and crispy even soaked with the gravy.  The noodle was a bit thicker than the Chinese style; a difference that I actually prefer.  Good choice made! 

My friend had the spicy Miso soup noodle.  He commented that he liked the broth but felt weird about the cold pork.  Chachu Pork was different than in usual ramen elsewhere that it wasn’t the belly part with the yummy pork fat.  In the end he said that, overall this Miso Ramen was not bad.  Our third dish was supposed to be a salad.  Included on the plate were thin slices of cucumber and steamed bacons.  A sweet sauce, Ponzu sauce was served as a dressing.  A simplest creation turned out to be our lunching highlight.  Steamed bacon was so soft and the cucumber was so refreshing, a touch of the tasty sweet Ponzu summed it all up to a perfect harmony.  

The easy lunch at Ramentei @ Soi Thaniya, Silom was satisfying.   If you worked in this area, a variety of the Japanese and the Chinese influenced dishes in the menu will bring you back for a trial.  Prices were reasonable and certainly worth it.  Service staffs were nice and caring.  Every once in a while a good ramen lunch like this would be rewarding.   If you happened to work in the Silom area, I would suggest you to give it a try.  

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