Samouraï Ramen is the little brother of Restaurant Samouraï, a Japanese fine dining restaurant located right next door. Based on the same philosophy of serving authentic japanese cuisine in a traditional way, the Samourai Ramen noodle bar is a great option if you’re after something quick but also hearty and healthy.
The open kitchen is visible as soon as you enter, providing a great view of the fresh ramen soups being prepared. The chalkboard on the wall displays the simple menu, which allows you to choose your soup base – miso, soy (shoyu), or pork (tonkotsu) – and then add optional extras such as breaded (katsu) or roast pork, scampi and egg. The set menu option is great value, consisting of your choice of ramen and one extra plus a side of gyoza (fried dumplings).
We couldn’t resist each ordering a set menu, and it was a case of “big eyes” when our meals arrived, with a gaint bowl of ramen accompanied by a generous side of no less than five gyoza. I’d opted for the tonkotsu ramen with pork katsu and it looked amazing with its cloudy broth topped with seaweed, bamboo shoots, bean srpouts, spring onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It was delicious, and surprisingly refreshing. The homemade gyoza was just as impressive, with its tasty centre made all the more enjoyable by its texture – the filling was laced with strips of crunchy cabbage that added bite and provided an extra dimension of flavour.
We somehow managed to empty our huge bowls and wipe our gyoza dishes clean. Our stomachs were beyond full, but everything was just too good to leave any of it behind.
With a name like ‘Samurai Ramen’, this place was just calling out for me to give it a try. I’m not sure what the connection is between Japanese warriors and Japanese eateries in Brussels, but after our recent visit to Ninja House sushi restauant I was starting to see a pattern emerging… and if the strategy behind the name is simply attracting customers, then it’s definitely working on me!
I ordered the miso flavoured ramen with the pork katsu, and it was delish. The broth was just perfect and tasted exactly like a miso soup should taste, earthy and light with just enough salt to bring out the flavour of the yummy pork strips sitting on top – no powdered miso mix here!
The side dish of gyoza was really good too. The gyoza had lots of texture, crunchy on the outside, firm in the centre and melted in the mouth when I bit into it. The home made chilli sauce was also a nice touch, and even though I love chilli with just about anything, the gyoza were so good on their own I didn’t even need to use the dipping sauce to spice them up.
I absolutely loved my meal here and it’s no wonder this place is very popular amongst the locals. The food is fresh and authentic, and with very generous serving sizes. Highly recommended if you’re craving some real Japanese ramen in Brussels.
Rue Fossé aux Loups 28