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Best Ramen Denver 2008 - Oshima Ramen - CLOSED

Oshima Ramen

Oshima Ramen

7800 E. Hampden Ave.

Denver, CO 80231

720-482-0264

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Oshima Ramen doesn't just serve the best ramen in Denver, it serves the best ramen in America — because this is where Keiji Oshima's ramen invasion of the United States both began and ended. So we're the lucky inheritors of both Oshima's vision and his unparalleled Super Original Oshima Ramen, which is about as far from those 29-cent packets of grocery-store noodles and dust as you can get while still talking about basically the same food. The ingredients here are sourced from Japan (where Oshima has operated many ramen restaurants), and the broths and noodles are made fresh daily and by hand. The result is a ramen soup that could be the best not just in Denver, not in America — but anywhere.
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cohaole
cohaole

This place is underwhelming at best. Compared to the ramen joints back home in HI, this place is very disappointing. The broth is weak and there is a lack of topping choices. I'd rather eat the packet from the grocery store.

Anne B.
Anne B.

I went here with my husband as we were always curious about it and after reading the "best of" figured why not. We were given lacksadaisal service - to put it in the very best of terms, mostly he and I were stared at for a solid five minutes before the young lady took our order. When we asked for the chicken bits, we were given a blank stare and even after pointing at them, never received them.

We ordered the gyoza after reading the comments and watched as the girl who was doing the serving went to a side room from the main kitchen, dragged them out of a fridge or freezer and nuked them for a couple of minutes before setting them in front of us. The ramen was good, but nothing spectacular and the prices $14+ for the gyoza + ramen was definitely on the high end and had much more broth than ramen.

The cleanliness of the place left much to be desired, but I've found great food before in slightly grimy hole-in-wall joints and don't really mind it - but for the hand-sanitizer crowd, you'll be distressed.

Not worth it for the money, in my opinion after being to other ramen joints around the country. Overpriced, poor customer service and so-so food.

Patrick Yee
Patrick Yee

I love this place. There are so many vietnamese pho restaurants around the area and there is not a lot of different noodle places.

Just one thing I don't like is the prices. A little too much.

Dusty
Dusty

Oshima wins by default as it's the only ramen place in Denver. Despite this, I was not impressed. It's overpriced and only average at best. It was around $10 total for 1 bowl. Even good ramen is not that expensive.

This may be a case of West Japan style (Tokyo) vs East Japan style (Kyushu) as there are many people that enjoy Oshima but equally many that don't.

Perhaps if they had tonkotsu ramen I would have enjoyed it more. It is a hole in the wall kind of place so I can see how someone might see it as dirty. Set your expectations low for Oshima and you might like it.

Thetasty
Thetasty

Oshima Ramen is delicious and it's not dirty.

anotherd
anotherd

Love, love, love this place! I've eaten there at least 50 times and never noticed any issues with cleanliness. You have to try the gyoza. Mmm � I don't enjoy the place quite as much since going veg, but when I was a meat-eater I couldn't get enough Oshima!

D
D

Seriously, did I miss something here? Quite frankly, this is the most vile place I've ever been. The restaurant was dirty. The chef was gross. And my boyfriend, who can eat anything, could not stomach this meal. I am convinced the only reason this is even recognized is because it is the ONLY ramen place.

NEVER would I go back there and seriously question the integrity of the writers who admonish this sesspool of nastiness.

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