Ramen Rematch: Republic Ramen vs. Sushi Ken
|Spicy and satisfying, but way too much food for one sitting.|
The Setup: Now we don't assume that just because a Japanese restaurant is staffed by Japanese people in the front and back of the house that it's automatically going to be better... but it certainly isn't a bad sign. The modest little Ahwatukee restaurant has a full sushi bar and offers ramen, soba and udon soups.
The Good: At our server's recommendation, we tried the spicy shio ramen. With sliced pork, perfectly browned on the edges, and traditional toppings being the assumption including an egg, the ramen from spicy, sesame-laden broth to fresh "al dente" egg noodles was made with care. Plus, it comes with edamame and three freshly prepared California rolls to start. We slurped on gulped our way through a third of the bowl and had to ask for a take out container.
The Bad: We didn't really have any complaints from Sushi Ken. It's our new go to spot when we're craving ramen.
And the winner is... Sushi Ken. After our first sip of Sushi Ken's broth it was clear they had won. Not only do you get more bang for your buck with the edamame and sushi appetizers, the ramen itself is as close as you're going to get to authentic Japanese in Phoenix.