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Mirin gets ramen right

by Robin Garr » Wed May 10, 2017 10:32 am

Mirin gets ramen right

LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

“Veggie II” Ramen, new on the menu at Mirin.
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About a half-mile away from Chik’n & Mi, in the heart of Clifton, the guys at Mirin get ramen right. I needn’t repeat my recent glowing review (Jan. 11, 2017), but news of lunch hours and an expanded menu drew me back for a revisit the other day. I still love it just as hard.

The noodles menu has expanded to six choices ($11 to $16), including two vegetarian options, one featuring Mirin’s remarkable fried tofu, a crack-like preparation that’s guaranteed to make tofu-lovers out of tofu-haters. The Veggie II ramen ($11) brings together three types of mushroom with roasted tomatoes, pea sprouts and bean sprouts in a remarkable umami-laden broth that calls you to lift the bowl in order to savor every last drop.

Tuna tataki ($10) is a bit like a large serving of sashimi. Thinly sliced, delicious sashimi grade tuna had been grilled on the outside but raw in the middle, its flavors kicked up with house-made seafood-based XO sauce and crisp, fine-chopped pickled daikon.

You could call Bao ($2), two-bite Asian tacos: Thick rounds of white steamed bun wrap around crispy tofu, chicken or pork and a shmear of creamy-herbal sakura cheese from Hokkaido, Japan.

A memorable lunch rang the bell at $26.50, plus a $6.95 tip.

Mirin
2013 Frankfort Ave.
742-8911
Facebook: bit.ly/mirin502
Robin Garr's rating: 92 points

Read the full review on LouisvilleHotBytes,
http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/mirin ... amen-right

You'll also find this review in LEO Weekly’s Food & Drink section today.
http://www.leoweekly.com/category/food-drink/
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Re: Mirin gets ramen right

by Steve Eslinger » Wed May 10, 2017 10:52 am

Finally got over there this weekend, and yes, the ramen is fantastic. I had the Tonkotsu and my wife had the chicken soryu. That pork was divine! As good as the Tonkotsu was, I think I liked the soryu broth even more. While I'm still learning the finer points of real ramen, I have a hard time imagining that they are not hitting all the right notes. In other words, if someone does it better, please tell!
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Re: Mirin gets ramen right

by Mike D » Thu May 11, 2017 4:47 pm

Steve Eslinger wrote:Finally got over there this weekend, and yes, the ramen is fantastic. I had the Tonkotsu and my wife had the chicken soryu. That pork was divine! As good as the Tonkotsu was, I think I liked the soryu broth even more. While I'm still learning the finer points of real ramen, I have a hard time imagining that they are not hitting all the right notes. In other words, if someone does it better, please tell!


Nobody does it better. Actually, nobody else is even close.
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Re: Mirin gets ramen right

by Heather L » Thu May 25, 2017 10:04 am

Finally made it to Mirin last night - it was the perfect rainy, cool night for some ramen! I am absolutely not a ramen expert, but I can tell you that we both loved every bite! I had the veggie ramen and a tofu bao. My husband had the shoyu ramen and a chicken bao. We both ate every single bit of it all and went home stuffed. Loved the egg, the tofu was firm and the noodles were amazing! Can't wait to go back.
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Re: Mirin gets ramen right

by Mike D » Thu May 25, 2017 4:23 pm

I was there last night also. Had the Veggie Ramen, as always. It was the perfect dish for a cool rainy night. For me, that dish is the best vegetarian dish in town. Everything in it is perfect, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And that shoyu egg...heavenly.

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