Futatsuki Ramen | Uptown | Japanese, Asian | Restaurant
BYOB ramen shop also serving Japanese curry and rice dishes.

Our Review

Nestled among the African restaurants across from Truman College near the Wilson el stop, Futatsuki Ramen isn't one of those sleek new ramen bars that looks like it was inspired by a research trip to Tokyo. Instead, it's a modest storefront with a few rickety booths and tables and not much in the way of decor besides a good-luck cat waving its paw beside the front door. It's a family operation—though the family is originally from Thailand, not Japan. The menu at Futatsuki is concise, with just a handful of appetizers and entrees and one type of ramen, tonkotsu, or pork. That was enough. The basic ramen comes with two slices of chasu pork and the regular garnishes of scallions, nori, wakame, and sesame seeds; per our server's recommendation, I added corn and soft-cooked eggs. It arrived at the table cloudy with fat and so stippled with droplets of oil, I could barely see the noodles. This sounds absolutely disgusting, I realize, but ramen is one of those foods that should make you realize why some forms of fat have been declared OK again—the fat gives the broth enough fullness and body so that it coats the inside of your mouth and the rich flavor lingers pleasantly for an extra moment or two. It made me very happy. Likewise the gyoza and the chicken ka-raa-ge, its skin shatteringly crisp while the meat was still juicy. My friend was equally pleased by her katsu don, which she said filled the void in her heart—or maybe just her stomach—left by the closing of the Sunshine Cafe. The only thing we tried that we did not love were the takoyaki, which were a bit too rich, but that was all offset by the joy of getting to say "octopus balls" over and over.

Aimee Levitt

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