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Soup’s up at the Mother City’s first authentic Japanese noodle joint
Let’s get a few things straight right off the bat. No, Downtown Ramen restaurant is not a shrine to Japan’s noble contribution to the world of microwavable, modern convenience – the two-minute noodle. And no, it doesn’t claim the sort of plastic tablecloths, laminated menus and optimistic English names – Wonderful Restaurant, anyone? – reminiscent of Sea Point or Ottery’s Asian eateries.
What it is, is the Mother City’s first authentic (and rather hip) Japanese noodle shop, and from its perch above Lefty’s Dive Bar in The Fringe district, the intimate little haunt is introducing locals to a craze that’s on par with manga, anime, Harajuku girls and, gasp, sushi.
For those still in the dark, Ramen is a rich, salty dish comprised of equal parts noodles and broth as well as a jumble of