Taste Test: Ramen
Over a pair of visits, Jung’s cuisine showed rapid improvement, but in his small kitchen he hasn’t yet hit the heights of the best big-city ramen shops. Though the combinations are delicious, there’s still room to perfect each of the many individual ingredients in each serving of the soup. Ramen’s fare may not compare to the best bowls I’ve had in New York or LA, but that won’t stop me from becoming a regular in Vermont.
The simplicity of the room on the ground floor of Main Street’s Vermont House might give some diners pause. Long tables and benches seem to suggest the possibility of a communal dining experience, slaying bottles of sake with new friends. For some, though, the layout could just as easily conjure images of forced family picnics with strangers. While the austerity of walls adorned with just a few large Japanese paintings works for San Sai, Ramen feels somehow unfinished.