Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ren's Ramen - Silver Spring MD

Our beloved Ren's ramen finally re-opened after closing its doors last Sept!  After the initial crowd died down a little, we managed to try Ren's ramen for dinner around 8:30pm on a Friday.  We were fortunate that we got seats right away and there was no line waiting to be seated (or staring us down while we were eating).  Since we arrived after rush hour, we managed to find a street meter spot.  From all the reviews I read, be prepared to circle around to look for parking since there are only a few dedicated spots for Ren's ramen parking.

Ren's ramen, Silver Spring location

The interior decor is very simple, but clean.  The banner that was used at the Bethesda location remains and there are a few additional pictures on the wall.  After a brief glance at the new (old) menu, we ordered the miso ramen and shoyu ramen.  After about 5-8 minutes wait, the ramen bowls arrived at our table!

inside Ren's ramen

Miso ramen

shoyu ramen

Both ramen were pretty good.  The noodles tasted fresh and a bit chewy, the broth is on the salty side, but they both mimic authentic Japanese ramen.  The ramen comes with couple small pieces of fatty pork, some bean sprouts, and a piece of seaweed.  Of course I also added the soft boil egg for additional $2 since it's a must with the ramen (plus I don't know how to make it yet). 

Overall, we were pretty happy that the new location maintained the taste and still imported the good noodles from Japan, price even remained the same at about $10 for a regular size bowl.  Even though I secretly wished the new location will come with easier parking, we will definitely go back again!

FoodiePop's rating for ramen: 4/5

Ren's Ramen
11403 Amherst Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902

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