JINYA Ramen Bar, located at 7010 Dodge St. #106, is a new restaurant that serves a variety of ramen and other Japanese dishes.
The ramen bar opened up in Omaha Sept. 18 and has received a “great reception” from the public, according to server Tia Zhao.
“Our customers keep coming back for more, and we are the busiest during the weekends,” Zhou said.
The Omaha-based JINYA Ramen Bar is just one branch of a franchise that has multiple branches spread across Japan, Canada and the United States, according to its official website.
According to Zhou, what sets the place apart from other ramen restaurants is the lengthy time needed for preparation.
“The ramen’s soup base, as well as the pork and chicken buns, takes as long as eight hours to prepare,” she said.
JINYA Ramen Bar’s most popular dishes are the Tokyo curry rice and the ramen bowls, particularly the “sprouting up” chicken ramen and the “tonkotsu spicy” ramen, according to Zhou.
Zhou added that the restaurant also offers vegetarian and vegan options, including the popular “spicy creamy vegan ramen.” It also offers combination options where customers can pair their ramen bowls with an additional dish and a salad.
“The wonton chicken ramen and the brussels sprout tempura were really good,” said Elizabeth Grunin, who visited the restaurant for the first time along with her friend Lynne Swingen.
“The restaurant is located really close to where we work and it’s open late until 10, which makes it very convenient for us to visit and have a nice meal,” said Swingen.
Grunin, who had not had ramen in a long time, praised the food and said it was “amazing.” Grunin and Swingen both said they would visit the restaurant again to try more options.
According to its official website, JINYA Ramen Bar is “constantly creating new flavor combinations” and setting new standards for themselves, as they focus on “kaizen,” which is “the Japanese practice of continual improvement.”
JINYA Ramen Bar is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.