I'll admit, it's been a while since I've had real ramen. No way that anyone should count that dry packaged stuff college kids probably have in their dorm rooms by the boxful.
The interior at Lucky Belly has a neat, upscale bar feel. Wood everywhere. The bar area looks damn cool, but we sat at a table this time. The menu is basically Asian fusion.
|Roasted Beet & Spicy Greens|
The Pork Belly Bao ($7) was also pretty good. Loved the presentation: three bao lined up with a line of sake hoisin sauce in front. Extremely tender pork belly and pickled cucumbers inside a light bun.
|Pork Belly Bao|
The Belly Bowl ($12) stuck out at me because a couple pieces of pork belly, smoked bacon, and sausage are added to what would otherwise be the Lucky Bowl ($8). I felt the sausage was the best of the three because it possessed that clean smoky taste and had the great snap from the natural casing. While the belly and bacon were also good, it just seemed to have more fat than actual meat. Yeah, it's not the leanest part of the pig anyway, right?
|Soft steamed egg|
|The spoon for our ramen|
Our ramen came in large bowls, perhaps only filled 1/3 of the way. Personally, I'd either prefer smaller bowls (and the same portion size) or add more food and charge a bit more. Felt too much like I was panning for gold in a pond at the bottom of a narrow circular crater.
Even if you're not in the mood for ramen, I've heard great reviews on the other entrees, namely the Ku Chu Jung Braised Brisket Tartine ($10).
We had a friendly server. The place fills up for lunch, and a noticeable waitlist formed towards the end of our meal (roughly noon or so).
|With my friend, Christine|
First time we've seen each other in person in about 18 years (damn)