Osaka Ramen

2611 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205
303-955-7938
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Katie Knoch

Details

  • Vegetarian Friendly, Kid Friendly, Multi-Level, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
The entrance to the Osaka Ramen in RiNo is easy to miss, with only a small sign above the door and the basement space bordering on cafeteria austerity. Based on appearances alone, you'd never guess that this noodle house's opening in May 2015 was one of the most highly anticipated in town. But when you taste one of the rich, complex ramen bowls made with long-simmered broths and perfectly springy noodles, it all makes sense. The milky tonkotsu captures the essence of pork and then adds a jiggly egg and bright notes of pickled ginger, while the salty shio and shoyu versions do the same for chicken, with deft flourishes of mushroom, scallions and bitter greens. Although ramen is the star here, culinary director-owner Jeff Osaka's fine-dining experience shines through in his list of small plates: a simple bowl of chilled green beans dashed with sesame, addictive bacon-fried rice and some of the best fried chicken in town. Be sure to save room for Osaka's wife’s mochi doughnuts -- she'll be very disappointed if you don't.

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