The best thing about Ren’s Ramen (11403 Amherst) might actually be the gyoza, whose nearly translucent, thin soft wrappers melt away to nothing on mouth contact, revealing their savory pork filling– the outside is just thick enough to contain the meat and to allow one side to be seared, adding even more flavor.
The ramen is great too, of course. They make a big deal about importing their noodle from Sapporo, and the noodles are good, but it’s really all about the incredible broth. Our group ordered three different styles (miso, soy, and salt broths), all good. I noticed too late the special, written on a dry-erase board with a skull-and-crossbones logo: spicy “Bukodan” ramen. Hope it’s available next time I visit. I continue to believe that, at $10 per reasonably large bowl, the ramen is a good value considering the very high quality (I know some disagree).
Ren’s was practically empty on Friday night, hope that’s not a sign; Ruan next door was about 2/3 full both when we arrived and when we left, and the window tables at least had turned over in the interim. I’d be tempted to poke my head into Ren’s periodically just to breathe the soy-miso vapors, the place just smells great. They should start a spa or something.
Other important Ren’s notes: they don’t serve alcohol, they only take cash, they are closed the second and third Tuesday of every month.