Can you believe there’s another ramen place on Spring Mountain Road? It sounds almost too good to be true for lovers of all things soupy and slurpy from the Land of the Rising Sun!
This one — Ramen Sora — claims to be using authentic “ramen sora” noodles, made according to the original recipe in Sapporo, Japan (the home of miso ramen), and stock made by boiling “premium black pork bones for nearly a full day.”
From the taste of things, they’re on to something here. That broth is full-bodied and deeply flavored, and the pasta is, likewise, thicker and richer tasting than you’ll find at Monta or Anime Ramen. We’re not saying it’s better, only more substantial — both in the bowl and in the mouth — which seems to be the effect the cooks are looking for.
As for ELV’s gyoza test,* they passed with flying colors; the dumplings being made with delicate wrappings encasing a beautiful sweet, onion and pork mixture that practically melts on the tongue. They might be the best we’ve had in town, and are worth a special trip all by themselves.
Like the intensely-flavored ramen, these delectable doughboys haven’t escaped the notice of Japanese- and Asian-Americans, who have already made this place a tough table at lunchtime. Open less than two months, it has yet to be overrun with “cellphone yakking hipsters” (as one of ELV’s loyal readers put it), but go early or late if you want to be seated immediately.
4490 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
* ELV not being Japanese, subjects all Japanese restaurants to his gyoza test, i.e., how light and subtle is the gyoza dough and fillings within?