Ken's Ramen was a tiny little shop located in the Super 88 out in Allston, and previously where I always had my ramen fix. Being half Japanese, and having lived in the outskirts of Tokyo for a few months, I am both a ramen fiend and a ramen snob. Ken's Ramen really was the closest thing I could get to the real thing in between my trips to Japan which seem to come every six years or so.
And then Ken's Ramen was no more. Ken went back to Japan, where I'm told he had intended to open up his own ramen shop over there. What were we to do? The few transplants and noodle afficionados in Boston were torn to pieces.
Thankfully, a new ramen shop opened up in the same location by the name of Pikaichi. While I can't say that Pikaichi is as good as Ken's, it puts on a noble effort, and it's the closest thing I can get to real ramen in this area. Again, I have not eaten at Guchi Midnight Ramen, and have incredibly high hopes once I can, but for now, Pikaichi is excellent.
When you head over to Super 88, go through the main grocery store entrance at the side of the parking lot, forgoing the food court entrance. You will see the entrance to Pikaichi on the left. Go through the doors, expect the enthusiastic welcome of "Irashyaii!" and let the server point you to a table or the counter.
|Ramen noodles in all their glory|
1 Brighton Ave
(at Malvern St)
Boston, MA 02134
By the way... I can wait no longer for Guchi. I'm going back to Japan tomorrow and will report back on all the delicious food over yonder. Truth be told, I'm going back to see my college roommate, an exchange student from Kyoto, get hitched. Pretty girl, she. This is going to be one hell of a trip. So look forward to short, but sweet posts including but not limited to: Kyoto cuisine, Kurokawa Onsen, Osaka Dotonburi, and Sushi Kanesaka in Tokyo.