Following the success of the Hatchi series, Breadbar has launched a few other pop-up dinner series, one of them focusing on ramen. Since I've heard mixed reviews on the Yatai Ramen Twist series, I didn't really plan on checking it out. However, when Fiona of Gourmet Pigs messaged me about having dinner here, I thought that it couldn't hurt to try. So, accompanied by J, I met Fiona up at the Breadbar location on third street.
Since they were closing in an hour, they were out of the oxtail ramen, which was the only one that I really wanted to try. Bummed out but not defeated, we decided to try three other kinds on the menu (two from the Twist section and one from the Classic).
tomato ramen, tomato consomme soup, sauteed mixed vegetables
Next, we dove into the spicy pork curry ramen. This fared much better than the tomato, but still lacked in flavor. The slightly spicy soup had a lingering heat, but other than that it had no depth - just a one note dish. I did like the creaminess from the egg and the hefty portion of pork in the bowl.
shoyu ramen, aged soy sauce, served with marinated poached egg, kurobuta pork belly, nori, bamboo shoot, kikurage Tokyo negi
Our last bowl, which took forever and a day to come out, was J's favorite out of the three. Not surprising since he prefers traditional over modern any day. But, we both agreed this didn't even compare to our favorite, Santouka. The broth was fatty and rich. My favorite part of the dish was the thinly sliced green onions on top. Yes, those green onions were more exciting than the ramen itself.
The experience as a whole was just plain disappointing. But, on the bright side, at least I tried it and learned a valuable lesson: stick to your favorites, they are your favorites for a reason. This kind of negative experience validates all the wonderful meals I've had elsewhere. If we didn't have the bad, then we wouldn't know the good. Right?
Yatai Ramen Twist @ Breadbar
8718 W 3rd StLos Angeles, CA 90048