Finding good Asian food in Miami is hard, especially ramen (See: An Asian-American’s guide to Asian food in Miami, part 1 and part 2). And no, we’re not talking about the stuff you get at Publix for 15 cents a pack.
While you basically just have to walk to your street corner and hand over $5 to get a good bowl in cities like San Francisco and L.A., here you’ve gotta search and search and then probably shell out at least $15. But sometimes you need ramen just that badly, so here are our favorite places to indulge and get our fix.
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As Miami’s high-end contribution to the national ramen phenomenon, Momi Ramen’s $26 starting price isn’t for everyone. But the noodles are homemade every day using wheat imported from Japan, with tonkatsu (pork bone) broth simmered for 18 hours. You can also check out its cousin, Momi Gyoza, for all your delicious dumpling needs. Both are cash only.
Inside the basement of Townhouse Hotel on South Beach is “K Ramen. Burger. Beer,” a hybrid burger, ramen and poke restaurant (in case you’ve ever wanted all three at once). They’re open until 2 a.m. for all your late night ramen cravings, and they’ve got all the traditional options: pork ramen, spicy ramen, or veggie ramen. But they’re best known for their lobster ramen, a big bowl brimming with broth and pieces of fresh lobster. There’s also a pretty extensive international beer list.
Baby Jane and Shimuja
You don’t have to go far to try two of Miami’s ramen powerhouses because they’re in the same place. Baby Jane has been offering up craft cocktails and big ramen bowls like Tonkotsu, Mentai, and Chashu since 2016. But Baby Jane started hosting pop-up Shimuja about six months later for extra authentic ramen, with noodles imported from San Francisco and Japan.
Ichimi is a full Japanese Izakaya and ramen house, plus a hip gastropub. It’s got an industrial atmosphere and a more traditional ramen menu. Some favorites include the veggie ramen and beef brisket ramen, but it’s their classic Japanese Tonkotsu bowl, full of pork belly and bamboo shoots, that’s the true star.
Talde Miami Beach
Inside the Confidante Hotel is this Miami Beach ramen gem run by Chef Dale Talde. It’s a casual place that’s designed to look like a traditional Asian street market, though they use a lot of local Floridian ingredients. Strangely, they also have yummy tater tots. On weekends, it’s $2 off beer and ramen, and the tots start at $5. Need we say more?