Ramen at Takashi

Takashi Yagihashi’s cooking can be described as white-tablecloth Japanese through a French prirsm, but the Sunday brunch menu at his Bucktown restaurant, Takashi, is closest to his native roots. It’s the one day of the week he serves ramen.

For Takashi, grorwing up in Mito, a town outside Tokyo known for its abundant pink plum blossoms, ramen was omnipresent.

“My house was on the same block as a ramen shop. We’d get so hungry after baseball practice we’d go there for a snack, then I’d eat dinner again,” Takashi said. “I wanted to introduce what you can eat in Japan if you traveled there.” (Kevin Pang, The Cheap Eater)

Knowing my affinity for all things Japanese, my parents took us to Takashi today. Truly, it was a magnificent experience, from the gray painted brick walls:

to the glimpse of a kitchen to the rear:

we dined on such exquisite dishes as:

duck fat fried chicken,

steamed shumai (traditional shrimp and pork dumplings, baby bok choy, soy-mustard) and,

shoyu soup (classic Tokyo style ramen, braised pork, barbeque egg, marinated bamboo shoots).

So sad I can’t give away a few certificates here for the Japanese Literature Challenge 4. It makes me want to read a few Murakamis real bad.

And, Mama and Papa? Domo arigatou gozaimasu!

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18 thoughts on “Ramen at Takashi”

  1. Oh goodness. I haven't eaten dinner yet and then I saw how yummy all that food looks. 🙂 I love Japanese cuisine, but we don't have a good restaurant in the area.

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  2. This was the first time I've ever eaten Japanese, can you believe it?! Chinese, yes, but never Japanese. I've been reluctant before because I've had ideas of raw fish and lots of vegetables (NOT two of my favorite food groups), but when it comes to noodles? Bring them on! I hope you have a good dinner, Allie. Wherever it may be. 😉

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  3. Oh Bellezza I can't believe it was your first time to eat Japanese. How much you have missed :). I LOVE Japanese food. I eat and cook them regularly. And I definitely LOVE ramen! The shiumay is Chinese, not Japanese, but good nonetheless. It's my childhood food. Great pictures!

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  4. Marie, I'm glad you like 'the clean new blog layout'. I do too, finally, and I'm especially trhilled with the header which is a photograph by Nina Leen. Apparently, she was very famous for the photographs she took of Americana for Life magazine. Who knew? :)Mee, I know! Isn't it ridiculous that my window to the Japanese world is so small? Slowly the door is creaking open, as I venture from origami to literature to cuisine. I'd love to know how to cook it, but for now I'm content to eat it!

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  5. Domo arigatou gozaimasu for posting some pictures to whet my appetite! Glad you enjoyed it. Next you should try Teppanyaki, and watch the chef do the cooking in front of you! 😀

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  6. Delicious! I admit that other than sushi (which I adore but can't currently eat), I haven't eaten much Japanese food. All these dishes look wonderful!Like the new clean look.

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  7. It's so fun to me how all of you, my friends, like Japanese as much as I did! Don't you wish we could go and have a big party together?! I'm inspired to trade in my affection for Big Macs…well, most of the time anyway.

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  8. This looks like a marvelous experience – the food, the ambience, everything! I was thinking how much my son and daughter in law would love this place 🙂

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