The Melmans will officially unleash their latest concept on River North today. Ramen-San, the rustic ramen spot in half of the remodeled Paris Club space, officially opens at 4 p.m. So what's on the menu?
Based on the team's visits to dozens of ramen spots in Tokyo, they hope Ramen-San will be like one of the many Japanese neighborhood shops. Doug Psaltis' menu features seven styles of ramen alongside six starters, three buns, and three flavors of chicken wings.
The backside of the menu explains the "five components" that make up their dishes: three types of broth, four seasonings, noodles (handmade by Sun Noodle), meats and toppings. Psaltis, who will crank out the ramen with executive chef Marcelo Han from the same Paris Club kitchen, says he has 10 more ramen recipes in the can for possible future additions.
Paul McGee has contributed the cocktail recipes. Four will be available tonight, including a Singapore sling and an old-fashioned. Beer options will focus on Asahi from an imported Japanese "tower" and served in frosty mugs.
Ramen-San is a full-service spot with 80 seats in addition to the bar; click here to see the full interior. Open until 1 a.m. daily (2 a.m. Saturdays), it should be a good option for late-night eats or a casual dinner in River North—especially today; the ramen is half-price.
· All Ramen-San Coverage [-ECHI-]
· Ramen-San [Official Site]