No, no, no. I made the cardinal mistake of taking a Japanese colleague to Oshima to get a taste of soul food with the warning that this restaurant was a pale comparison. He ever so politely let me know that pale was a generous compliment. Whoever did the review for this restaurant clearly has not eaten real ramen soup. For those of us who consider ourselves great slurpers of the Japanese 8th wonder of the world, this restaurant leaves an insulting reminder to why only a few are able to conquer the mysteries and complexities of excellent ramen. I am not trying to be an effete ramen noodle snob a la Tampopo, but I fear that if I do not comment on the salt water cloaked in the disguise of ramen that your fair readers' introduction will be ill advised. The litany of infractions begins with the fact that this restaurant doesn't even come close to making excellent broth, which is the heart of ALL ramen soup. Where they err even more egregiously is in their discernment of the necessary stocks for different kinds of ramen-- poorly executed! Can we say salt, more salt and super salt? And don�t get me started with the lack of fresh noodles. The gyoza, though copious and crispy, deflate one's expectations immediately upon tasting. The only thing good about Oshima is that it's relatively cheap and plentiful�but who wants that? Why not got to that horrid Tokyo Joe�s or that abominable Kokoro for that kind of delivery? If your readers want good ramen soup, they should try DOMO in Denver near Metro State College and University. Hands down, their execution is the best Denver has to offer-- in fact on the few occasions that the Emperor of Japan has visited Denver, he goes to DOMO to get his taste of home-- not Oshima.
Best Taste of Tokyo - 2007
Finding a McDonald's in downtown Tokyo is easy; finding a real ramen noodle house in the United States is much more challenging. So how lucky are we to have Oshima Ramen, a link in a chain of ramen noodle shops that is to Japan what Mickey D's is to this country? Very lucky. As a matter of fact, we're the luckiest people in the whole USA, because the Oshima Ramen in Tiffany Plaza is the only Oshima Ramen in America. Still, one is enough for us. If you're looking for a true taste of Tokyo -- pork bone, chicken and bonito stock, fresh noodles rolled daily, blonde soy shoyu and a coffee-dark and cloudy miso broth used to create everything from a simple Original Ramen to a veggie, to a tofu and bamboo-shoot ramen, to a seafood ramen, to a double-up super original Oshima Ramen with chaisu, boiled egg and corn -- then you're really in luck here.