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Yuji Ramen Kitchen

Editors' Pick
Our Tip Strikingly original mazeman (brothless) ramen for lunch, plus a $65 seafood ramen omakase menu at night that sells out in a flash.
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Seriously Original Noodles at Yuji Ramen

Seriously Original Noodles at Yuji Ramen

We watched, literally on the edges of our seats as Yuji lit up his blowtorch and pointed the blue flame towards a tray full of mussel shells. The shells crackled and spit briefly, their edges glowing, remnants of their beards flying up in the air as red embers caught in the updraft of smoke. Yuji transferred the mussel shells to miniature French presses, added a handful of smoked shaved bonito flakes, then ladled in a clear broth and placed the pitchers in front of us on the table. This was the last course in one of the most remarkable ramen-based meals I've ever had. And I had it at a lunch counter. Inside a Whole Foods. Weird.