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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Ramen Week: Kasumi's Revisited

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 8:47 AM

click to enlarge Heaven in a Bowl. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Heaven in a Bowl.

It's been a few months since our initial visit to Kasumi ("Mist" in Japanese), a ramen and yakitori shop hidden in the quiet Lakeside area. We're happy to report that you no longer have to choose between a ramen only lunch or a yakitori only dinner -- both dishes are now available for dinner, and lunch service has been discontinued.

Since opening, the ramen options were simplified to just Shoyu or Tonkotsu. This modified menu suits them -- the ramen was tastier than ever. Each bowl contains all the basics: ultra thin chasu, a half hanjuku egg, naruto, negi, menma, kikurage, nori, plus corn kernels. The Tonkotsu ($9.75) has the fatty and rich porkyness that'll keep ramen fans happy. Remember to add buta kakuni (stewed pork belly) for just $1.50 more -- it's tender and delicious. Though, we should mention that it lacks caramelization. Well, you can't have everything.

click to enlarge Seafood Chawan Mushi. - LUIS CHONG
  • Luis Chong
  • Seafood Chawan Mushi.

Another memorable item is the is the seafood chawan mushi ($6), the savory steamed egg custard cup appetizer, filled with a few seafood morsels, and topped with fresh uni (sea urchin) before serving. Currently no other restaurant does that final step -- it's a shame, It's delicate and decadent. As tasty as it is, please note that it takes 20 minutes to prepare.

Kasumi 2608 Ocean (at Woodacre), 586-8800. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 5-10 p.m. Closed Mondays.

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