Sakuramen is a little Ramen shop in the heart of Adam’s Morgan, DC, quite literally, tucked beneath the bars.
As soon as you walk in, you notice with a trendy Japanese vibe complete with a long, shared middle table and few seats. If you try to go around 8:00PM on a weekend, you will definitely have to wait but it is worth a shot.
We started off our meal with the Bulgogi Buns, which were delicious and spiced to perfection. Then, for our main attraction we all ordered different types of Ramen:
|Shoki Bowl- with extra chashu, bulgogi, seasoned egg, green onion, sprouts, nori and ninniku dare|
|Choshun- Angus ribeye bulgogi, roasted kimchi, seasoned egg, and nori in a shoyu broth|
|Tonkotsu- tonkotsu pork broth with Berkshire pork belly chashu, kikurage (mushrooms), menma, green onion, kuro mayo (charred garlic oil) and nori|
All the different types of Ramen we ordered were extremely different. I ordered the Shoki Bowl, which had me at the “for our meat lovers” in the description. The broth was savory but not heavy and the bulgogi was sweet which was a great comparison to the tender chashu (pork belly).
The Chosun Ramen pulled more from Korean flavors with the bulgogi and kimchi additions. The broth was a shoyu base but had the sour and spicy kick of the kimchi.
Lastly, the Tonkotsu reminded me most of a traditional Ramen with a murky, heavy tonkotsu pork broth and the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly. It was savory and hit all of your Ramen senses!
Overall I came out of my meal at Sakuramen a very happy camper and cannot wait to go back and try the Spicy Sweet Pork buns and another type of Ramen!