Ajida | Loop | Japanese, Noodles | Restaurant
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Mike Sula

Downtown ramen shop and yakitori grill.

Our Review

This Loop spot has a full menu of appetizers, salads, desserts, and yakitori in addition to five different ramen styles—not a good sign, dedication being key to a true ramen-ya. On second thought, maybe having so many choices is a good thing, since Ajida's execution of classic pork-based tonkotsu and miso ramen put them in the running for the saddest bowl of soup in town. It's hard to look past the thin, insipid broth these are built on—though you could practically read through it. But let's stay positive. Ajida makes its own noodles, offering square-extruded thin and thick ramen noodles, plus udon. And there's no better use for them than in a bowl of the dry curry age mono ramen. Ajida's thick noodles arrive buried under tonkatsu, a substantial fried-pork cutlet (chicken or shrimp are other options), and topped with fresh scallions and a heap of soft potatoes and carrots cooked in the mildly spicy, subtly sweet curried gravy.

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