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Our first stop in Dallas was Ichiro Ramen Shop. I did not particularly care to eat ramen, especially in the middle in the heat wave that we had been experiencing, but my two year old LOVES ramen, udon, spaghetti, etc (you get the picture). So to the ramen shop we went. Ichiro Ramen Shop is located on Maple Avenue, just minutes from the Dallas North Tollway.
The entrance to the shop faces Maple Avenue. The restaurant is so close to the street that I had to ensure that the bumper of my car was not in the road.
The hostess stand was straight ahead. The stand was situated at the very edge of the bar area that was behind it. In the bar area were a few high top tables and a bar top with a few seats.
The hostess informed me that we could sit anywhere. To the left was the lower seating level. This are consisted of five or six tables. The tables could seat a wide range of guests.
We decided to sit at the back of the restaurant, on the higher level. There was about five tables with a long bench along the wall and chairs opposite of it.
We were provided menus and told that our waitress would be with us shortly. The menu was very small, which i appreciated. The waitress arrived a few minutes later and took our orders .
I wanted to try everything on the menu but I could not reasonably eat all of the food. I started with pork belly steamed buns. They were ok. The sauce on them was too sweet for me.
I also ordered tonkotsu and tan tan ramen. Both were really delicious. The tan tan ramen had the right amount of spice and reminded me of Okinawa. The ramen was so good that I asked the waitress if the owner was Japanese…he was not, he was from Malaysia. 🤯
My son had the seafood udon. He loved the noodles but the ebi (shrimp) was the highlight for him. He tried to stuffed them all into his mouth. LOL.
For dessert, my son had the mochi ice cream. He obviously still had an appetite because he would not let me take a picture without him in it.
Ichiro Ramen Shop was a hidden gem in Dallas. I could not believe how authentic the food tasted. The only issue was the steamed buns, next time I will ask for them to be prepared with a little spice. All in all, it was a place that I would visit again.