When I saw on a friend’s facebook feed that she’s been to a new Japanese ramen restaurant, I was pretty excited. I was even willing to risk eating gluten to get that Japanese taste I love so much. The name of the restaurant is Home Ramen, a small place in front of the zoo. Inside, there were a couple of other Japanese people but it was mainly German people. This isn’t always a good sign.
As usual in these situations, I had a weird half Japanese/half German conversation when I ordered my food, but I wasn’t sure if the waitress actually spoke Japanese or not.
Well, I have to admit that I wasn’t happy at all with the food. The starters (gyoza, croquettes and steamed buns) were all obviously cheap frozen versions that I can pick up at the Chinese supermarket. The croquettes were perfectly round – they should be flat like a crab cake. I was very sad.
The ramen was pretty bad, too. The soup was greasy and yet thin. It had none of the satisfying thickness of a ramen dish you’d find in Japan. My friends ordered pork, and chicken on rice, and they seemed to be more satisfied than I was, but still not entirely happy with their food. We all agreed we wouldn’t want to go back there.
I think there is still room in the Frankfurt restaurant market for a good, well priced, Japanese restaurant. Mangetsu is too pricey and most of the others have really don’t have good enough food. Maybe someone will come up with one soon.
Find Home Ramen at Pfingstweidstr. 12, 60316, Frankfurt.