Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dining Out #5: Boom Noodle

In light of an upcoming trip to Tokyo, we've been seeking out the local Japanese eateries in the neighborhood. We stumbled upon Boom Noodle on Capitol Hill. We tried them out for happy hour. It was great!

And I just love the name of the place. Straight from their website: "In Japan today there is a popular term, “my boom” that means, “The thing I am currently obsessed with.” Our “my boom” is Japanese cuisine, and we are grateful to you for letting us create our food for you."

For starters, we had the pork gyoza and fresh spring rolls. The gyoza was great -- fresh, hot, crispy (pan-fried, not deep-fried) and delish. The spring rolls...meh. They're a cold appetizer, but these were almost icy cold. I've had better elsewhere.

For the entrees, I had the Tokyo Ramen (braised pork with egg noodles in a soy-seasoned chicken/pork broth) and The BF had the Okonomiyaki (braised pork and cabbage pancakes with shoestring veggies). Both were delicious. The ramen is definitely in separate class from the dried stuff you get in the package that you probably made in college. The half egg surprised me a bit, but it was delicious in the soup.

Oh, and the drinks? The lovely pink one you see is the Kyoto Blossom: absolut pear, triple sec, lemon juice and grenadine. The green one is a Cucumber Gimlet: house gin, muddled lime and cucumber with a splash of simple syrup.

All in all, a great happy hour. Great food and drinks at a great price. I think the total tab with drinks came to under $40. Thumbs up!

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