See that neon sign in the above photo? That was our reaction upon trying the food at K Ramen. Burger. Beer. The new South Beach eatery located under the Townhouse Hotel is cute, but don’t let the casual and kawaii vibe fool you: They take their food seriously. The best part? K Ramen delivers both quality and value — a pairing you don’t see often on the beach.
Sticker shock is likely after you take the stairs down to the restaurant and grab a seat. But it’s a welcome sticker shock: The prices are all in the single digits or in the ‘teens. The only things you’ll find in the $20s and above are some of the adult beverages. Otherwise, expect an inexpensive night out.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, K Ramen hails from California and serves up Japanese-inspired fare. As the full name suggests, they specialize in three items: ramen, burger and beer. So if you like any (or all) of those things, you’re in good hands. And even if you don’t (you monster), there’s plenty of variety on the menu to satisfy your cravings.
Our server suggested Chicken Wings to start since they’re a house specialty. They’re a meaty bunch and pack some good heat; their menu description (“Sooooooo Good”) hits the nail on the head. The Fried Wonton Chips were impossible for us to put down. At $5 an order, these fried discs — basically giant flattened versions of the strips you get with wonton soup — are a steal (and incredibly dangerous).