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Ronin's Spoon - Ramen, etc. in Northbrook

Ronin's Spoon - Ramen, etc. in Northbrook
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    Post #1 - May 24th, 2018, 11:08 am
    Post #1 - May 24th, 2018, 11:08 am Post #1 - May 24th, 2018, 11:08 am
    RAB turned me on to this place earlier this week. Going in, I didn't know what to expect but I was really pleased with everything we had, especially the tonkotsu broth of my Chasshu Ramen, which was right up there with some of the better versions I've had. It was creamy and rich, and not overly salty. There was some very beautiful restraint and touch exhibited here.

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    Chasshu Ramen, Tonkotsu Pork Broth
    (poached egg, bamboo shoots, woodear mushrooms, nori, narutomaki, lotus root, scallions)

    In this, the full-sized version, 4 slices of Chasshu are served. The egg, served whole, was absolutely perfect with a slightly jiggly white and gooey, runny yolk. If I have one minor complaint, it's about noodles themselves. They had a satisfying, chewy texture but were lacking a bit on flavor. Worth noting: this, and all their noodles, are available Spicy, by request.

    It's enough to expect decent ramen from a ramen place, so I place no expectations -- and very little importance -- on the non-ramen items. However, it was a late lunch and we were particularly hungry, so we tried a few appetizers from the fryer, which were also notably tasty . . .

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    Gyoza (pork)
    Crispy, light and flavorful.

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    Karaage Chicken Wings
    Piping hot, lightly seasoned and delicious. The exteriors were lightly crispy and the meat was moist and flavorful, owing to some sort of very nice marinade/brine.

    Because their website doesn't seem to offer it, I'm posting some lousy pics of their menu here . . .

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    Menu, Page 1

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    Menu, Page 2

    They offer a very potent chili oil, which is used in the Spicy versions of the noodles, and is also available as a condiment that was great with the appetizers.

    =R=

    Ronin's Spoon
    2659 Shermer Rd
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (708) 888-7068
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #2 - May 24th, 2018, 12:12 pm
    Post #2 - May 24th, 2018, 12:12 pm Post #2 - May 24th, 2018, 12:12 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Ronin's Spoon
    2659 Shermer Rd
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (708) 888-7068

    Crowded at lunch time? Because with broth like that, I anticipate long waits like Misoya sometimes has, once it's discovered.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #3 - May 24th, 2018, 12:51 pm
    Post #3 - May 24th, 2018, 12:51 pm Post #3 - May 24th, 2018, 12:51 pm
    JoelF wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Ronin's Spoon
    2659 Shermer Rd
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    (708) 888-7068

    Crowded at lunch time? Because with broth like that, I anticipate long waits like Misoya sometimes has, once it's discovered.

    I can't say. We arrived just before 2 pm and were the only customers in the place.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #4 - June 25th, 2018, 8:50 pm
    Post #4 - June 25th, 2018, 8:50 pm Post #4 - June 25th, 2018, 8:50 pm
    Went back today and tried the Brisket Ramen, which is made with a clear chicken and fish broth . . .

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    Beef Brisket Ramen | beef brisket, poached egg, bamboo shoots, woodear mushrooms, nori, narutomaki, lotus root, scallions

    I very much enjoyed the clear and ultra-clean broth. It was flavorful, a bit funky and very restrained on the saltiness level and felt to me to be somewhere between dashi and consomme. The other components were nicely prepared, too. It seems they're all cooked to very specific textures and that results in varied and satisfying bites throughout.

    My son ordered one of the Tonkotsu bowls, which I tasted. I thought the broth was even better than at my last visit; redolent of delectable roasted pork.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #5 - October 31st, 2018, 8:05 pm
    Post #5 - October 31st, 2018, 8:05 pm Post #5 - October 31st, 2018, 8:05 pm
    Though I had previously promised myself a visit, I only made it to Ronin's Spoon for the first time today. Had not seen the post here, but agree on all counts. I ordered the gyoza ramen, which gives you a plate of gyoza and ramen without the sliced chasshu pork, but still in the tonkatsu broth. The flavorful broth, perfectly poached egg, and other comments from Ronnie reflect my experience, and I was delighted with the gyoza, which had a remarkably flavorful filling, in addition to the lovely, crisp exterior. Looking forward to going back and trying some other offerings. (Picked the gyoza ramen because it's on the lunch menu, which is a bit less expensive -- just in case it was disappointing.)

    As for crowds -- I imagine there might be if you arrive right at noon. I arrived a little after 12:30, and people were leaving, so I had no trouble getting a table -- though I did have to give them a minute to wipe off one of the recently abandoned tables.

    Not as close to me as Mitsuwa, but a quieter and lovelier setting (place is beautifully decorated), so this may become my go-to for ramen.
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