More Ramen Week: Kasumi's Revisited
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.
Luis Chong Heaven in a Bowl.
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.
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.
Luis Chong Seafood Chawan Mushi.
Kasumi 2608 Ocean (at Woodacre), 586-8800. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 5-10 p.m. Closed Mondays.